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Cluster Administration (SGI Management Center on SGI ICE)

Course Length: Price:

Current Schedule:
4.5 days
$4000 (plus local applicable Tax)

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

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The Cluster Administration (SGI Management Center on SGI ICE) course provides knowledge and practice in basic cluster administration areas such as IPMI configuration, SGI Management Center 3 (SMC3) software installation and configuration, PBS installation, configuration and job submittal, OFED software configuration, and cluster monitoring and troubleshooting using Ganglia, Nagios, and Performance Co-Pilot tools.

Target Audience

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

Topics Covered

  • Cluster overview
  • IPMI configuration and use
  • Troubleshoot startup problems
  • Software installation
  • Cluster configuration
  • Cluster imaging
  • OFED software overview
  • Use SGI Message Passing Toolkit
  • Cluster monitoring
  • PBS for users

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
  • Troubleshoot startup problems
  • Configure a cluster using the SGI Management Center 3 (SMC3)
  • Image compute nodes
  • Run InfiniBand commands
  • Setup user accounts
  • Run MPI applications across the cluster
  • Monitor a running cluster with Ganglia, Nagios, and PCP
  • Add and remove compute nodes
  • Install and setup PBS
  • Submit batch jobs with PBS

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)