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Deploying Linux on IBM eServer pSeries Clusters

Book Description

  • System installation and administration

  • Application case studies

  • Cluster management

For customers interested in Linux who need powerful and reliable servers to support their applications, IBM eServer pSeries offers 64-bit POWER servers to match their requirements at lower costs. Unlike other servers supporting solely high performance Linux needs, IBM eServer pSeries provides leadership price/performance with high reliability and a roadmap to provide the customer with investment protection.

This IBM Redbook provides information and guidelines for how to deploy Linux on IBM eServer pSeries clusters. Topics covered include:

System installation

System administration

Linux for pSeries RAS and problem determination

Getting started with GPFS

Cluster Systems Management (CSM)

High Performance Computing case studies

Commercial application case studies

This redbook also includes hints and tips that illustrate particular observations discovered during the residency. Additional reference materials and Web sites have been included as well, to provide the reader with other sources of information necessary to implement Linux on pSeries clusters.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction
    1. Introduction
    2. Why use Linux on pSeries
    3. POWER4 architecture advantages
    4. Chapter description
  4. System installation
    1. Before you install
    2. Step-by-step installation
    3. From network to fully unattended installation
    4. Where is the BIOS
    5. Post-installation tasks
  5. System administration
    1. The bash shell
    2. To YaST or not to YaSt
    3. Web-based system administration (Webmin)
    4. Runlevels
    5. Local user management
    6. Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
    7. Software mirroring and LVM
    8. File systems
    9. RPM management
    10. System updates
    11. System backup
    12. ssh
    13. DHCP server configuration
    14. DNS server configuration
    15. Using iptables for security
    16. OpenLDAP implementation
  6. Linux for pSeries RAS and problem determination
    1. Linux on pSeries RAS
    2. System logs
    3. Event logging - enterprise event log
    4. Log rotation
    5. Linux rescue methods
    6. Performance monitoring
  7. Cluster Systems Management (CSM)
    1. CSM concepts and architecture
    2. CSM planning, installation and configuration
    3. CSM administration
    4. CSM hostname changes
    5. CSM interoperability
    6. Future of CSM
  8. Getting started with GPFS
    1. GPFS description
    2. RSCT peer domain setup
    3. GPFS installation and basic configuration
  9. High Performance Computing case studies
    1. Hardware and software overview
    2. Myrinet
    3. Gigabit Ethernet
    4. Compilers and ESSL libraries
    5. More packages ported and installed
    6. Benchmarks
  10. Commercial application case studies
    1. High availability with heartbeat and DB2
    2. High Availability with Red Hat ClusterSuite
    3. Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)
  11. Linux for AIX system administrators
    1. Major features
    2. Common system files
    3. Task-specific command comparison
  12. Feature comparison
  13. Additional material
    1. Locating the Web material
  14. Abbreviations and acronyms
  15. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Other publications
    3. Online resources
    4. How to get IBM Redbooks
    5. Help from IBM
  16. Back cover
  17. Index