This IBM Redbooks publication will guide system architects and systems engineers toward an understanding of cluster technology based on the IBM eServer 1350 Linux Cluster that combines IBM eServer xSeries rack-optimized servers running the Linux operating system with robust systems management and world-class service and support to deliver highly scalable, integrated cluster offerings.
The cluster installation and administration is based on Cluster Systems Management (CSM) for Linux, which dramatically simplifies administration of a Linux cluster by providing management from a single point-of-control.
This book also presents the General Parallel File System (GPFS) for Linux Clusters. GPFS provides a cluster-wide file system that allows users shared access to files spanning multiple disk drives. GPFS is based on a shared disk model, providing lower overhead access to disks not directly attached to the application nodes, and using a distributed protocol to provide data coherence for access from any node.
Table of contents
Part 1. Fundamentals
Chapter 1. Clustering concepts and general overview
Chapter 2. New Linux cluster offering from IBM: Cluster 1350
Chapter 3. Introducing Cluster Systems Management for Linux
Chapter 4. Introducing General Parallel File System for Linux
Part 2. Implementation and administration
Chapter 5. Cluster installation and configuration with CSM
Chapter 6. Cluster management with CSM
Chapter 7. GPFS installation and configuration
Chapter 8. Managing the GPFS cluster
Chapter 9. Migrating xCat clusters to CSM
Appendix A. SRC and RSCT
Appendix B. Common facilities
Appendix C. Migrating to GPFS 1.3 from earlier versions
Appendix D. Planning worksheets
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