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SGI Altix System Administration I

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Current Schedule:
4.5 days
$3495 (plus local applicable Tax)

This course is available ON DEMAND - please contact us about scheduling training.

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This course provides the experienced Linux user with the skills and information needed to administer the SGI Altix 3000/4000 family of servers and superclusters. Lab exercises are included to prepare students for the actual work environment.

NOTE: This class is specifically for customers who are using the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) based Altix Environment . The class is based on the latest SLES kernel with the additional SGI ProPack software.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of SGI Altix 3000/4000 hardware
  • SLES Linux Environment
  • SGI Altix SLES-10 installation with XFS root
  • SGI ProPack feature-specific installation
  • SGI Altix SLES-10 upgrade procedure
  • EFI shell and boot options
  • Startup and shutdown
  • MBR, GPT, and SGI partition tables
  • parted disk partitioning tool
  • XFS filesystems (mkfs.xfs) and filesystem management
  • XVM - SGI Volume Manager
  • Building concat, stripe, and mirror filesystems
  • Setup for Performance Co-Pilot
  • SGI Numatools
  • SGI Array Services
  • SGI Ethernet setup
  • Installing SGI specific kernel modules
  • Intel compiler and module environment

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Plan and install SGI ProPack and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • Plan and perform a software upgrade
  • Configure EFI shell boot options and elilo.conf
  • Startup (EFI startup) and shut down the Altix 3000 family server
  • Partition and build a system disk
  • Build multipartition (concat, stripe, mirror) filesystems with XVM
  • Setup and use Performance Co-Pilot (PCP)
  • Install SGI specific kernel modules
  • Install the Intel compiler environment modules
  • Setup an array for SGI MPI applications
  • Use taskset, dplace and cpusets to pin an application

Target Audience

  • Experienced Linux users who wish to administer an SGI Altix 3000/4000 family server or supercluster.


  • Training and experience administering a Linux system
  • Introduction and basic linux system administration course work is highly recommended

Course Sequences

This course is featured in the following sequences: