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SGI UV Advanced System Administration

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

This course is intended for the system administrator that makes system configuration decisions for SGI UV systems.

Target Audience

  • System administrators
  • System analysts


  • Basic Linux knowledge
  • Basic Linux administration experience

Topics Covered

  • Kernel tuning parameters
  • Virtual memory
  • Swap
  • File system layout
  • Monitor the IO layers
  • RAID configuration
  • XVM
  • XFS
  • Page Cache
  • CPU Scheduler
  • Numa tools

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

  • Make sysctl changes based on workload characteristics
  • Describe Linux virtual memory concepts
  • Monitor system memory use and identify problems
  • Configure swap and monitor activity
  • Plan filesystem layout and I/O distribution and monitor use
  • Determine the I/O path and monitor activity
  • Describe trade-offs of different RAID levels
  • Build a striped, concatenated, and mirrored XVM filesystem and monitor its use
  • Build an XFS filesystem with best mkfs options
  • Configure sysctl flush settings
  • Describe the CPU scheduler and monitor the workload
  • Use runon, dplace, and cpusets for topology placement

Course Sequences

This course is featured in the following sequences:

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)