[Beowulf] impressions of Super Micro IPMI management cards?

Roberto Ammendola roberto.ammendola at roma2.infn.it
Tue Oct 23 03:53:49 PDT 2007

Chris Dagdigian wrote:
> Does anyone have any experience/impressions of the "Supermicro 
> Intelligent Management" stuff?

I'm using them on a 128 nodes cluster. The impression is quite good, I 
generally need poweron/reset commands, bios access, console access. They 
do what they are built for. I actually had problems installing the 
supermicro deamon on the x86_64 arch for gently shutdown, but then I 
discovered that I don't need that deamon (if the machine is not crashed 
you just rsh...). The only real problem I have is that after shutting 
down the whole machines, sometimes the power up command doesn't work, so 
I have to get my hands dirty and press the buttons. But it's a 2005 
machine, and nevver updated the bios, so maybe they fixed these bugs.


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