[Beowulf] Configuration management tools/strategy

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Tue Jan 15 10:41:45 PST 2013

I just wanted to mention genetic algorithms; control engineers use them
e.g. in chemical plants to dynamically optimize variable inputs (pressure
in a pipe, temperature, ingredient mixes...) for measurable outputs
(valuable gunk at the end), the point being that the inter-relations among
all the inputs, at the level of precision possible to the machinery, is too
esoteric for an exact qualitative model.

I think that managing diverse simultaneous applications (that each flourish
in their own mix of bandwidth, cache, numbers of threads on cores &c) where
a mix of hardware is available in a heterogeneous cluster, might be a
similar challenge.

So if someone were interested in trying a GA for dynamic performance
optimization of long-running applications   with mixed available hardware
I'd be glad to hear of it and I'd want to help.

On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM, Walid <walid.shaari at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear All,
> At work we are starting to evaluate Configuration management to be used to
> manage several diverse hpc clusters, and their diverse node types. I wanted
> to see what are other admins, and HPC users experience like,  the ones that
> we will start evaluating are CFEngine3, Puppet, Chef, Saltstack, ansible,
> and blueprint. there might other products that we need to evluate in
> partnership such as Foreman, spacewalk, ..etc.
> I would like to hear from you if you did evaluate such tools, or using
> one, or have a different strategy in keeping and maintaining
> configurations.
> Thank you,
> Walid
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