Building a Linux HPC Cluster with xCAT

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 25 September 2002

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ISBN-10: 0738426776
ISBN-13: 9780738426778
IBM Form #: SG24-6623-00
(276 pages)

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Authors: Luis Ferreira, Christopher Turcksin, Brad Elkin, Scott Denham, Matt Bohnsack, Egan Ford, Benjamin Khoo


This IBM Redbooks publication will guide system architects and systems engineers toward a basic understanding of cluster technology, terminology, and the installation of a Linux High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster (a Beowulf type of cluster) into an IBM eServer Cluster 1300/Cluster 1350.

This book focus on xCAT Version 1.1.0 (Extreme Cluster Administration Toolkit) for installation and administration. All nodes and components of the cluster, such as compute nodes and management nodes, are installed with xCAT. This toolkit is a collection of scripts, tables, and commands used to build and administer a Beowulf type of cluster or a farm of replicated nodes.

xCAT commands and configuration files are explained in the appendixes of the book. Detailed procedures on how to properly configure the Red Hat Linux 7.3 operating system in the nodes of an HPC cluster are also presented.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. HPC clustering concepts
Chapter 2. xCAT introduction
Chapter 3. Hardware preparation
Chapter 4. Management node installation
Chapter 5. Management node configuration
Chapter 6. Cluster installation
Appendix A. xCAT commands
Appendix B. xCAT configuration tables
Appendix C. Other hardware components
Appendix D. Application examples

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