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Using HPC systems management tools to administer high density microserver clusters

Steven Alan DuChene

Using HPC systems management tools to administer high density microserver clusters

High density clusters of Microservers like the 10U (rack height) 256 Atom based nodes from SeaMicro are coming to a data center near you. This paper will show how one person can use available advanced chassis management systems along with some common HPC opensource tools to easily bring up and maintain 256 compute nodes with very little time investment.<br>

This paper will start with a high level overview of what is a microserver, discuss the specific features of the SeaMicro SM10000-64 chassis, compare and contrast the SeaMicro with two other microserver platforms from Dell and SuperMicro. Then a transition into a discussion of available HPC systems management tools such as C3 tools, SystemImager Suite, Yum, and kickstart. A short outline of the steps used to bring up a new platform or re-image an existing platform using the previously mentioned tools and concluding with a description of how to maintain systems once they are up and running.

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