[Beowulf] How do people keep track of computers in your cluster(s)?

Bruce Allen ballen at gravity.phys.uwm.edu
Mon Oct 22 05:05:10 PDT 2007

Hi Carsten,

Here is the database system used by ROCKS:


Rocks is an open-source Linux cluster distribution that enables end users 
to easily build computational clusters, grid endpoints and visualization 
tiled-display walls.


On Sun, 21 Oct 2007, Carsten Aulbert wrote:

> Hi all,
> we are currently looking into the problem, how to keep track of
> computers which we are going to buy. On the one hand there are the
> standard tools to monitor a running cluster like ganglia, nagios,
> zenoss, ... but these are - to my understanding - just for monitoring
> the current status.
> However, I would like to have something where we have something like a
> large table about the hardware in question. In there information like
> * vendor
> * serial number
> * MAC addresses (eth0, eth1,..., IPMI, RAID,...)
> * maybe even firmware versions and serial numbers of exchangeable
> internal hardware (hard disks)
> * basically all physical information of the box
> another table should hold the current setup, i.e. a mapping between the
> hardware and the "logical" setup, e.g.
> Hardware box number #1234 from above table has in the current setup the
> following...
> * hostname
> * IP addresses
> * running services
> * ...
> And finally, another table where special problems, like memory errors
> and the like can be entered.
> I know this sounds just like three medium sized SQL tables, but at least
> I wanted to ask what people are using if more than a single person is
> working on the cluster. One person can probably do this with a simple
> text file and a set of papers in a filing cabinet.
> Thanks a lot for any answers
> Carsten
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