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A Modular Adminstration Tool for Large Clusters of Linux Computers

Daniel Yocum1, Connie Sieh1, Kirk Bauer2
  1. Fermilab
  2. Georgia Technical University

Speaker: Daniel Yocum

  Managing large clusters of computers (i.e., 500+ nodes) is a difficult task to accomplish by hand and currently there is no single coherent set of tools in the commercial, government, or open source sectors to assist system administrators in such a daunting task. The goal of this project was to create a framework for a set of software utilities to administer these large Beowulf-class clusters of computers. We focused primarily on developing an utility to manage the configuration parameters and packaged-installed software. Due to our design criteria such a utility will also be useful in managing individual and clusters of desktop systems.
  Research was performed on existing technologies to determine their potential usefulness and the decision was made to combine several products with new processes and programs utilizing a modular design. Development focused on designing and implementing the core module for an individual system, with remote, centralized repository software targeted as a future phase of development.

Presentation:  PowerPoint Long Paper:  Adobe Acrobat pdf 

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