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BCFG: A Configuration Management Tool for Heterogeneous Environments

TitleBCFG: A Configuration Management Tool for Heterogeneous Environments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsDesai, NL, Lusk, A, Bradshaw, R, Evard, R
Date Published09/2003
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P1089-0903

Since clusters were first introduced, node counts have increased rapidly. Currently, a variety of clusters with more than one thousand nodes are listed on the TOP500 list. In the next three years, clusters with more than four thousand nodes are expected. Cluster management functionality has lagged behind all areas of system software. In order to effectively manage the clusters of today and tomorrow, the basic cluster management software model must change. Current techniques focus on the management of single nodes, as opposed to complete cluster configurations. This approach typically leads to automatic management of compute nodes, while using ad-hoc techniques to manage service nodes.