Configuring and Managing AIX Clusters Using xCAT 2

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 26 October 2009

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ISBN-10: 0738433381
ISBN-13: 9780738433387
IBM Form #: SG24-7766-00
(370 pages)

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


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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