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Cluster Management Tools...
December 14, 2001


Cluster Management Tools:

1. SCMS - Smile Cluster Management System 1.2.2
2. VACM - VA Cluster Manager Resources
3. SCYLD Beowulf
4. bWatch
5. clusterit


1. SCMS - Smile Cluster Management System 1.2.2

SCMS is an extensible management tool for beowulf cluster developed to simplify the magement task for large beowulf cluster. SCMS provides a rich set of tools and support system that help system administrator monitor, submit command, query system status, maintain system configuration and more. SCMS GUI tool helps administrator of beowulf cluster to manage the cluster much easier. SCMS is released under Opensource license (BSD based).

Home page of SCMS


2. VACM - VA Cluster Manager Resources

VACM features advanced monitoring and management capabilities, as well as a modular design that gives administrators added flexibility.
Monitoring. VACM software is designed to alert system administrators to potential problems before they occur by monitoring the status of each server or ``node.'' VACM collects data on system status (process list and user list), resource status (memory usage and CPU load) and hardware status (temperature, power levels, fans, chassis), and displays the information on the administrator's desktop in an easy-to-view format.
Management. VACM offers two critical management features: the ability to reset individual servers remotely and the ability to control individual nodes via serial console redirect, which allows re-configuration of a system's BIOS over the network. When a server requires physical on-site attention by a technician, the system administrator can remotely ``flag'' the server by turning on an indicator light that allows quick identification of the node in question. VACM supports OpenSSL encryption libraries for secure operation and offers user database control, which allows multiple administrators to have different privileges to perform specified levels of monitoring and control.
Modular Design. VACM is based on a sophisticated modular architecture that makes it easy to add new modules with additional feature sets. With VACM 2.0, administrators can choose from command-line or graphical user interfaces. An API interface for writing VACM-aware applications is also available with VACM 2.0. Additional interfaces and VACM-compliant applications are being designed by VA Linux Systems and the Open Source developer community.

OSCAR Home page


3. SCYLD Beowulf

The Scyld Beowulf Cluster Operating System software distribution is the second generation of Beowulf clustering. The system advances clustering technology, providing significant benefits over existing systems. Scyld Beowulf features simplified cluster integration and setup, minimal and easy system administration, increased reliability, and seamless cluster scalability. What's included? The Scyld Beowulf Professional Edition comes with a bootable master node installation CD, boot media for all computation nodes in the cluster, a hardcopy professional documentation set, and support for 1 year.

VACM Home page


4. bWatch

bWatch (or beoWatch) is a simple Tcl/Tk program which produces a screen showing load and memory statistics for each node of the system.

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5. clusterit

ClusterIt is a suite of software to allow easy maintenance of large groups of machines. It does not provide a parallel programing environment, but is meant to be utilized in managing one, or simply to manage massive server farms. It includes such features as parallel rsh, parallel copy, parallel virtual xterminals (xterms), and job scheduling facilities for performing parallel compiling. It also has programs to allow barrier syncing in shell scripts.

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Clusters developed at Sheridan College:

Beowulf on Red Hat 6.2
Beowulf on SuSE7.2
Home page of Aaron's diskless beowulf

SCIM Cluster Team Home



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