xCAT 2 Guide for the CSM System Administrator

An IBM Redpaper publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 10 November 2008

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IBM Form #: REDP-4437-00
(140 pages)

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Authors: Octavian Lascu, Andrey Brindeyev, Dino E. Quintero, Velmayil Sermakkani, Robert (Bob) Simon, Timothy (Tim) Struble


This IBM® Redbooks® publication positions the new Extreme Cluster Administration Toolkit 2.x (xCAT 2) against the IBM Cluster Systems Management (CSM) for IBM Power Systems™ and IBM System x™ in a High Performance Computing (HPC) environment.

This paper provides information to help you:

- Understand, from a broad book perspective, a new clustering management architecture. The paper emphasizes the benefits of this new solution for deploying HPC clusters of large numbers of nodes.
- Install and customize the new xCAT cluster management in various configurations.
- Design and create a book solution to migrate from existing CSM configurations to xCAT-managed clusters for various IBM hardware platforms.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. xCAT 2 architecture
Chapter 3. CSM to xCAT 2 transition
Chapter 4. Installing xCAT 2 from scratch on diskful nodes
Appendix A. Additional material

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