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

Course Length: Price:

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

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

To register for multiple courses, please go to the Complete Schedule

The Cluster Manager Administration (SGI Management Center on SGI Altix XE) course provides knowledge and practice in basic cluster administration areas including: SGI Management Center software installation and configuration using the Component Media Kit (CMK)(SGI Manufacturing Image) as well as building an SGI Management center cluster from scratch. Building individual Payloads, kernels and Images will be covered. Cluster monitoring and troubleshooting will also be addressed. Note that the class hardware will be primarily SGI XE clusters. (See "Skills Addressed" below for complete details.)

Topics Covered

  • Topics Covered
  • SGI cluster hardware overview
  • IPMI configuration
  • SGI Management Center installation and configuration with CMK
  • Cluster configuration using SMC tools
  • Infiniband configuration using CMK
  • Cluster provisioning using DMC tools
  • SGI MPT install and configuration
  • MPI application compilation and execution on cluster

Skills Addressed

  • Describe cluster hardware
  • Explain SGI Management Center cluster terminology
  • Install SGI Management Center using CMK on the master/head node
  • Configure the master server and define a cluster, partition, and region
  • Install and configure powerman
  • Install and configure conman
  • Define/build a payload
  • Define/build a kernel
  • Define/build and modify an image
  • Use command line tools to control power on nodes of the cluster
  • Use command line tools to connect to a node's serial console
  • Use ipmitool to connect to a node
  • Provision a node
  • Manage images
  • Manage and monitor the Ethernet switches/networks
  • Set up a user environment (NFS - SSH - NIS)
  • Set up and use the module environment
  • Run SGI MPT applications
  • Use pdsh and pdcp user commands
  • Monitor the system with SGI Management Center
  • Identify, add, delete a failed node
  • Update your system

Target Audience

  • Experienced Linux System Administrators
  • Experienced Linux users who must maintain their own systems


  • Training and experience administering a Linux system
  • Completion of Linux System Administration and Linux Network Administration courses is highly recommended

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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)