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Cluster Manager Administration (SGI Management Center on SGI Altix ICE)

Course Length: Price:

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

April 13-17, 2015 Virtual Classroom
To register for multiple courses, please go to the Complete Schedule

This course provides knowledge and practice in basic cluster administration areas such as IPMI configuration, SGI Cluster software installation and configuration, PBS installation, configuration and job submittal, SGI ProPack OFED software installation and configuration, and cluster monitoring and troubleshooting using Ganglia tools and Performance Co-Pilots tools.

Topics Covered

  • ICE hardware overview
  • IPMI configuration and use
  • Troubleshoot startup problems
  • Flash Proms
  • Software installation
  • Cluster configuration
  • Cluster imaging
  • OFED software overview
  • Install Intel Cluster toolkit and Intel MPI
  • Use SGI Message Passing Toolkit
  • Cluster monitroing
  • PBS for users
  • PBS installation and overview
  • PBS for administrators

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Use the ipmi tools to setup for cluster imaging
  • Setup Serial Over LAN for console access and power control
  • Flash Proms
  • Troubleshoot startup problems
  • Install SGI Cluster Manager software
  • Configure a cluster using the SGI Cluster Manager tools
  • Image compute nodes with SGI Cluster Manager
  • Install OFED Infiniband software
  • Setup user accounts
  • Configure VMAPICH MPI
  • Install and configure Intel Cluster Toolkit and MPI
  • Run MPI applications across the cluster
  • Monitor a running cluster with ganglia and PCP
  • Add and remove compute nodes
  • Install and setup PBS
  • Submit batch jobs with PBS

Target Audience

  • Experienced Linux system administrators
  • Experienced Linux users who must maintain their own systems

Linux system administration experience that includes:

  • installing the operating system
  • adding and removing users
  • editing files
  • configuring software services
  • configuring network devices

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Virtual Classroom

This course is available in our Virtual Classroom environment.

The virtual classroom version of this course provides remote access to an SGI Customer Education instructor and SGI lab equipment.

You will view presentation materials over the Web, listen to and interact with your instructor and classmates via teleconference, and perform lab exercises on a remote system in one of our computer labs.

Class Hours

Class hours vary for each offering to meet the needs of students in different geographies worldwide. The specific class hours for each offering are listed on the course schedule. You should register for the class with the schedule that best fits your needs.

The instructor will present the lecture portion of the class each day during the first 2 to 3 hours of scheduled class time. After that, you are free to complete the lab exercises at your own pace before the next day's lecture begins. Your instructor will be available to answer your questions via email during the scheduled class hours. Questions submitted outside of the scheduled class hours will be addressed at the beginning of the next lecture.

System Requirements

The system that you use to view the class lecture Web broadcasts must meet the following requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, or Mac OS 10.2+
  • Internet Explorer 6.0+, Mozilla 1.7+, Netscape 7.2+, Firefox 1.5+, or Safari 1.0+
  • Java, JavaScript, and cookies must be enabled
  • WebEx plugin from MeetingVisuals (downloads automatically the first time you join the Web conference)

The system that you use to participate in the remote labs must meet the following requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Mac OS 9+, or Linux
  • VNC viewer application (recommended: TightVNC viewer)
    Note: The Java TightVNC viewer supports Mac OS.
  • SSH client (optional; consult your instructor for details)