Scalable cluster administration - Chiba City I approach and lessons learned.

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Systems administrators of large clusters often need to perform the same administrative activity hundreds or thousands of times. Often such activities are time-consuming, especially the tasks of installing and maintaining software. By combining network services such as DHCP, TFTP, FTP, HTTP, and NFS with remote hardware control, cluster administrators can automate all administrative tasks. Scalable cluster administration addresses the following challenge: What systems design techniques can cluster builders use to automate cluster administration on very large clusters? We describe the approach used in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory on Chiba City I, a 314-node Linux ... continued below

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Navarro, J. P.; Evard, R.; Nurmi, D. & Desai, N. July 1, 2002.

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Systems administrators of large clusters often need to perform the same administrative activity hundreds or thousands of times. Often such activities are time-consuming, especially the tasks of installing and maintaining software. By combining network services such as DHCP, TFTP, FTP, HTTP, and NFS with remote hardware control, cluster administrators can automate all administrative tasks. Scalable cluster administration addresses the following challenge: What systems design techniques can cluster builders use to automate cluster administration on very large clusters? We describe the approach used in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory on Chiba City I, a 314-node Linux cluster; and we analyze the scalability, flexibility, and reliability benefits and limitations from that approach.

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  • Cluster 2002, IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing, Chicago, IL (US), 09/24/2002--09/26/2002

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Navarro, J. P.; Evard, R.; Nurmi, D. & Desai, N. Scalable cluster administration - Chiba City I approach and lessons learned., article, July 1, 2002; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc742409/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.