Show simple item record Fischer, Jeremy en Knepper, Richard en Coulter, Eric A. en Peck, Charles en Stewart, Craig A. en 2015-08-17T19:02:17Z en 2015-08-17T19:02:17Z en 2015-08-17 en
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dc.description.abstract The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment has created a suite of software designed to facilitate the local management of computer clusters for scientific research and integration of such clusters with the US open research national cyberinfrastructure. This suite of software is distributed in two ways. One distribution is called the XSEDE-compatible basic cluster (XCBC), a Rocks Roll that does an “all at once, from scratch” installation of core components. The other distribution is called the XSEDE National Integration Toolkit (XNIT), so that specific tools can be downloaded and installed in portions as appropriate on existing clusters. In this paper, we describe the software included in XCBC and XNIT, and examine the use of XCBC installed on the LittleFe cluster design created by the Earlham College Cluster Computing Group as a teaching tool to show the deployment of XCBC from Rocks. In addition, the demonstration of the commercial Limulus HPC200 Deskside Cluster solution is shown as a viable, off-the-shelf cluster that can be adapted to become an XSEDE-like cluster through the use of the XNIT repository. We demonstrate that both approaches to cluster management – use of SCBC to build clusters from scratch and use of XNIT to expand capabilities of existing clusters – aid cluster administrators in administering clusters that are valuable locally and facilitate integration and interoperability of campus clusters with national cyberinfrastructure. We also demonstrate that very economical clusters can be useful tools in education and research. en
dc.description.sponsorship This document was developed with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) grant OCI-1053575. The LittleFe project has been funded in part by a grant from Intel, Inc. to Charlie Peck as well as NSF grants 1258604 and ACI-1347089. This research has also been supported in part by the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute, which was established with a major grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. en
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dc.subject Cluster Management, computational science education, systems administration education, campus bridging, sysadmin training, cluster training, cluster system software, cluster packaging, open source clusters, XSEDE, Rocks, rolls, cluster, Linux, RedHat, CentOS, rpm, yum, campus, bridging, research, LittleFe en
dc.title XCBC and XNIT - tools for cluster implementation and management in research and training en
dc.type Conference paper en
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