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Nuts and Bolts: Lessons Learned in Creating a User-Friendly FOSS Cluster Configuration Tool

Time 10/16/17 11:20AM-12:10PM

Room Seacliff B

Session Abstract

As part of its efforts to expand the national computational cyberinfrastructure, the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Capabilities and Resource Integration (CRI) team provides support and consulting to Universities wishing to add, increase, or replace High-Performance Computing resources. In order to ensure that those resources provided remain free of cost to the recipient institutions, the CRI team has previously sourced cluster configuration tools for its XSEDE-Compatible Basic Cluster (XCBC) that are freely available and Open-Source, eventually settling on the Rocks Cluster Configuration software. When Operating System end-of-life considerations with the existing solution came up, the CRI team determined that the most effective way to continue providing these services on a no-cost basis was to build a new cluster configuration tool based on OpenHPC. The proposed talk would discuss the rationale the CRI team used to settle on a new cluster configuration tool, the process of building the tool, and a review of the first installation using the new OpenHPC-based XCBC at Brandeis University in Boston, MA.

Speakers

Speaker Resa Reynolds Cornell University

Speaker Barbara Hallock Indiana University

Presentation Media

Primary track Applications for Research

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