Building and managing the eMinerals clusters: A case study in grid-enabled cluster operation

Bruin, R. P. and Dove, M. T. and Calleja, M. and Tucker, A. G. (2005) Building and managing the eMinerals clusters: A case study in grid-enabled cluster operation. Computing in Science & Engineering, 7 (6). pp. 30-37. DOI 10.1109/MCSE.2005.116

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Abstract

The need to perform large numbers of complex simulation computations forms a large part of the NERC funded eMinerals project [1, 2]. As such it has been necessary to provide extra computing power for the project through the production and use of three compute clusters, each of which are integrated into the eMinerals minigrid [3, 4, 5]. The integration of these clusters into a single grid infrastructure means that each of them may be accessed in a uniform manner, consistent with the other machines within the minigrid. This paper discusses the configuration, monitoring, management and usage of the compute clusters in this innovative manner where users need not even be given user accounts on the machines. Specific attention will be paid to the manner in which users access and use the clusters and how the data generated by users is kept secure from hardware failure or accidental deletion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 AREP 2005 P IA49
Subjects: 99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Journal or Publication Title: Computing in Science & Engineering
Volume: 7
Page Range: pp. 30-37
Identification Number: 10.1109/MCSE.2005.116
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 10:52
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:58
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1589

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