IBM System Blue Gene Solution: Blue Gene/P System Administration

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Published 01 September 2009, updated 06 August 2010

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ISBN-10: 0738433357
ISBN-13: 9780738433356
IBM Form #: SG24-7417-03
(304 pages)

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Authors: Gary Lakner


This IBM® Redbooks® publication is one in a series of books that are written specifically for the IBM System Blue Gene® supercomputer, Blue Gene/P™, which is the second generation of massively parallel supercomputer from IBM in the Blue Gene series. It provides an overview of the system administration environment for Blue Gene/P. It is intended to help administrators understand the tools that are available to maintain this system.

This book explains briefly the evolution of the system, from Blue Gene/L to the new Blue Gene/P. It details Blue Gene Navigator, which has grown to be a full featured Web-based system administration tool on Blue Gene/P. The book also describes many of the day-to-day administrative functions, such as running Diagnostics, performing Service Actions, and monitoring hardware. There are also sections to cover BGPMaster and the processes that it monitors. The final chapters of the book cover the tools that are shipped with the system and details about configuring communications with the I/O nodes and Power Management™ features.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The evolution of Blue Gene
Chapter 2. Blue Gene Navigator
Chapter 3. BGPMaster
Chapter 4. Blocks
Chapter 5. Midplane Management Control System
Chapter 6. High Throughput Computing
Chapter 7. RAS Messages
Chapter 8. Event Log Analysis
Chapter 9. Diagnostics
Chapter 10. Service Actions
Chapter 11. Blue Gene/P tools
Chapter 12. Configuring I/O nodes
Chapter 13. Power management
Appendix A. Statement of completion
Appendix B. Blue Gene/P hardware naming convention
Appendix C. Service connection
Appendix D. High Availability service node
Appendix E. Setting up the cross-compile environment
Appendix F. Setting up the Event Log Analysis Environment

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