What is the status of running a cluster on macOS with the current version of FoundationDB? I am aware of this message:
The macOS version of the FoundationDB server is intended for single-machine development use only; its use in multi-machine clusters is not supported. In the present release, the Linux version is the best-tested and most performant platform for multi-machine clusters.
… but with the most recent M1 Mac minis coming out (along with rumors of 10GBASE-T variants coming soon), they could make for a fairly dense, affordable, multi-machine cluster in a rack, not to mention the performance these machines could bring (and we can hope for an ECC RAM variant down the line ).
All that hypothetical stuff out of the way, I’m very much a Mac person (fairly clueless about the layout of operation of a Linux box), and I do have 4 Intel Mac minis at my immediate disposal (and about 2 dozen more in our own data center racks) I wanted to test a multi-machine setup with — the question is will it work? I figured performance may not be as optimized, but I was hoping the stance above has changed, at least a bit, over the years.
If running a multi-machine cluster directly on macOS is a no go, would running it via docker on macOS be a supported configuration?
My immediate concern is playing around with adding machines and getting comfortable operating a cluster, but if it was something that could work long term, I mean I can easily fit 8 of these in a 5U shelf, so why wouldn’t I want to