100% Open Source Full Stack Cluster Management

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Thursday, July 1, 2021 12:00 PM to 12:35 PM · 35 min. (Africa/Abidjan)



Setting up and operating HPC clusters remains a challenge. Individual software packages are freely available for most functionality, however an integrated open-source solution covering all aspects of cluster management was missing until recently. Qlustar's mission is to fill this gap: As a mature Cluster OS it includes scalable boot/image technology coupled with powerful management software to allow precise configuration of cluster components as well as their efficient operation. Its ease of use frees valuable human resources making them available to improve scientific research done with HPC instead. Since Qlustar was fully open-sourced in 2018 it generated substantial momentum with more than 200 new installations world-wide. This shows that the possibility to standardize on a free but supported hardware-vendor-neutral cluster software stack is an attractive option for organizations.

The BoF session will start with a short introduction to Qlustar, focussing on recently introduced new features. This is followed by a presentation about the progress towards open-source standardization of HPC management software at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

The goal of this BoF is to bring together developers, HPC cluster admins and hardware vendors to identify the most pressing issues to further enhance Qlustar's suitability as an open-source full stack HPC management solution. 50% of the time will be dedicated to Q&A sessions after the three presentations and a concluding extended survey concerning future requirements for Qlustar from the sysadmin and/or hardware vendor side based on feedback from the audience.

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