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HPC Cluster Blog - RHEL 7 Released
Monday, 23 June 2014 15:10

On June 10th of 2014, Red Hat launched version 7 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system. RHEL 7 was a long time coming and adds a bunch of great features and fixes from previous versions. There are lots of improvements but we will be just going over a few key ones in this article:

HPC Cluster Blog - Grant Writing
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:16

Getting ready to write a grant proposal? Need an accurate quote with the latest in HPC technology? Well, look no further.

At Advanced Clustering Technologies, we understand that a significant source of funding for many of our clients’ cluster purchases comes from one government alphabet agency (NSF) or another (DOE). That means spending a lot of time preparing lengthy proposals in an effort to secure funding to support a particular research interest. This often involves several people within an institution and requires different contributions from people with different skill sets.

HPC Cluster Blog - Remote Administration
Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:16

As a turnkey cluster provider, one of the questions we always ask our clients is who is going to manage their cluster and what kind of experience do they have. While we have some clients that have full-time, in-house staff to administer their clusters, we also have some researchers and scientists who have to balance their time with not only conducting their studies but also managing this resource.

HPC Cluster Blog - IPMI
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:56

Nearly all of the systems shipped from Advanced Clustering in the last couple of years come standard with IPMI. IPMI stands for Intelligent Platform Management Interface, and gives you powerful remote management features for your compute nodes and servers.

IPMI runs as part of a small co-processor, also known as the BMC, or baseboard management controller. The BMC is actually integrated in the video chipset of our systems. A couple of key facts about the BMC:

  • The BMC has its own RAM, ethernet port and operating system
  • When power is applied to the system the BMC boots first, then it powers on the host system
  • It is always running as long as the power cable is inserted, even when the system is powered off
  • Has direct hardware monitoring of system sensors
  • Can re-direct the system console to view remotely
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