xCAT Cluster Management SW?

Egan Ford egan at sense.net
Thu Jan 9 11:47:15 EST 2003


xcat.org should be back up this week with all the mail list archives and
the ability to subscribe.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: beowulf-admin at beowulf.org 
> [mailto:beowulf-admin at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Roger L. Smith
> Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 7:46 AM
> To: Bill Rankin
> Cc: Beowulf List
> Subject: Re: xCAT Cluster Management SW?
> 
> 
> On 9 Jan 2003, Bill Rankin wrote:
> 
> > Good morning everyone,
> >
> > Does any one have experience with the xCAT cluster management tools?
> >
> > http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/xCAT/
> >
> > (formally x-cat.org).
> >
> > I'd like to hear any opinions about usability for moderate 
> sized beowulf
> > clusters.
> 
> I just finished deploying xCAT across the 352 IBM nodes in 
> our cluster.
> I'd been running it on a test subset of the cluster for 
> several months.
> 
> So far, I'm pretty happy with it.  I'm having a few scaling 
> problems now
> that I'm deployed across so many nodes (e.g., when I request 
> for all of
> the nodes to report their serial number all at once, several 
> nodes will
> fail to respond, but if I pick a smaller subset, say 32 
> nodes, all works
> fine).  That said, I have a few things in my setup that are a bit
> non-standard, so some of my scaling issues may be self-imposed.
> 
> I also converted all nodes to PXE boot, and allow xCAT to 
> manage that and
> the Kickstart process.  I have two words to describe that: 
> "Pure bliss".
> 
> FYI, there is a mailing list dedicated to xCAT, but with the 
> recent reorgs
> of the xCAT distritution site, I'm not really sure how to 
> subscribe to it
> at the moment.
> 
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