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Configuring and Managing AIX Clusters Using xCAT 2

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Published on 26 October 2009

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ISBN-10: 0738433381
ISBN-13: 9780738433387
IBM Form #: SG24-7766-00

Authors: Octavian Lascu, Timothy (Tim) Donovan, Saul Hiller, Simeon McAleer, Laszlo Niesz, Sean Saunders, Kai Wu and Peter Zutenis

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    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™ running AIX in a High Performance Computing (HPC) environment.

    This book provides information to help you:

    - Understand, from a broad perspective, a new clustering management architecture. We emphasize 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 solution to migrate from existing CSM configurations to xCAT-managed clusters for IBM System p platforms running AIX.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Introduction

    Chapter 1. Introduction to clustering

    Chapter 2. xCAT 2 architecture

    Chapter 3. CSM and xCAT functional comparison

    Part 2. Implementation

    Chapter 4. CSM To xCAT 2 transition

    Chapter 5. Installing xCAT 2 on a new cluster

    Part 3. Managing

    Chapter 6. xCAT 2 - advanced administrative topics

    Appendix A. Configuring syslog-ng

    Appendix B. Additional material


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