PelicanHPC Alternatives

    PelicanHPC is described as 'Debian-based live CD image with a goal to make it simple to set up a high performance computing cluster. The front-end node (either a real computer or a virtual machine) boots from the CD image'. There are more than 10 alternatives to PelicanHPC for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Debian, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PelicanHPC are Pop!_OS (Free, Open Source), BOINC (Free, Open Source), Void Linux (Free, Open Source) and Folding@home (Free).

    This page was last updated Jul 17, 2018

    1. The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.
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    2. Pop!_OS is an operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Based on your exceptional curiosity, we sense you have a lot of it.


    3. BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is a software platform for volunteer computing and desktop grid and volunteer computing.
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    4. Void is a general purpose operating system, based on the monolithic Linux® kernel.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Docker
      Folding@home is a distributed computing project -- people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals.
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    5. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
    6. Charity Engine takes enormous, expensive computing jobs and chops them into 1000s of small pieces, each simple enough for a home PC to work on as a background task.
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    7. ALT Linux is a set of RPM-based, APT-managed operating systems built on top of the Linux kernel and Sisyphus package repository branches. ALT Linux Rescue is, well, the disaster recovery tool.
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    8. GridRepublic is a customized version of the BOINC software designed to simplify installation and participation by the average computer user.
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      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Mandriva Linux
      ROSA Linux is a Linux operating system and distribution, developed by Russian company LLC NTC IT ROSA. It is available in three different editions: ROSA Desktop Fresh, ROSA Enterprise Desktop and ROSA Enterprise Linux Server.
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