Rick Bradshaw

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We describe the use of component architecture in an area to which this approach has not been classically applied , the area of cluster system software. By " cluster system software, " we mean the collection of programs used in configuring and maintaining individual nodes, together with the software involved in submission, scheduling , monitoring, and(More)
Petascale HPC systems are among the largest systems in the world. Intrepid, one such system, is a 40,000 node, 556 teraflop Blue Gene/P system that has been deployed at Argonne National Laboratory. In this paper, we provide some background about the system and our administration experiences. In particular, due to the scale of the system, we have faced a(More)
While configuration management systems are generally regarded as useful, their deployment process is not well understood or documented. In this paper, we present a case study in configuration management tool deployment. We describe the motivating factors and both the technical considerations and the social issues involved in this process. Our discussion(More)
Systems software for clusters typically derives from a multiplicity of sources: the kernel itself, software associated with a particular distribution, site-specific purchased or open-source software, and assorted home-grown tools and procedures that attempt to glue everything together to meet the needs of the users and administrators of a particular(More)
In this paper, we describe disparity, a tool that does parallel, scalable anomaly detection for clusters. Disparity uses basic statistical methods and scalable reduction operations to perform data reduction on client nodes and uses these results to locate node anomalies. We discuss the implementation of disparity and present results of its use on a SiCortex(More)