Session: M09: Cluster Construction Utilizing Selected Packages
  Title: M9: Cluster Construction Utilizing Selected Packages
  Chair: Thomas Stephen Lehmann (Intel Corporation )
  Time: Monday, November 17, 8:30AM - 12:00PM
  Rm #: 41
  Thomas Stephen Lehmann (Intel Corporation), Richard Mark Libby (Intel Corporation)
  Important Note! SC03 has cut off registration for this tutorial due to space limitations. (The tutorial notes are, however, still for sale.)

Content-Level: 40% Introductory 40% Intermediate 20% Advanced

Abstract: There are many ways to initially create a High Performance Compute Cluster. These break down into two main categories, DIY (do it yourself) and the packaged approach.

The DIY approach is instructive in that you must install and configure all of the individual software components yourself. This gives you a better understanding of what’s “under the hood” and should be tried at least once on a small cluster to gain a good understanding of the details of clustering technology.

However, for small to medium clusters with time and cost constraints a packaged approach is usually more practical if you can work within the constraints that these packages can bring. Once constructed, most of these “instant” clusters can be furthered tailored to match local needs.

This tutorial will show two such packages, one free (OSCAR) and one commercially available (Scyld). In hands-on laboratory sessions each attendee will have a chance to install and test a small cluster utilizing both packages.
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