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What is Cluster?
Computer Clusters
Configuration
Applications of Clusters
Components
Classification
Single Sysytem ...
A group of the same or similar elements gathered or
occurring closely together;
 a bunch
 a number of persons or things ...
 “A computer cluster is a single logical unit

consisting of multiple computers that are linked
through a LAN and they ca...
Each system has its own CPU, memory, and I/O
facilities
• Each system is known as a node of the cluster
• generally 2 or m...
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Shared nothing Model
Shared Disk Model

The detailed configuration models are:-

1. Shared nothing Model
 High speed...
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High speed link between nodes
Disk drives are shared between nodes
Advantage:
 Better load balancing



Disadvant...
Technicians working on a large Linux
cluster at University of Technology,
Germany.

Sun Microsystems
Cluster
Clusters are classified into many categories
based on various factors as indicated below.
 Application Target
 Node Owne...
 Application Target

 High Performance (HP) Clusters
▪ Grand Challenging Applications

 High Availability (HA) Clusters...
 Node

Ownership

 Dedicated Clusters
 Non-dedicated clusters
▪ Adaptive parallel computing
 Node

Hardware

 Clusters of PCs (CoPs)
 Clusters of Workstations (COWs)
 Node Configuration

 Homogeneous Clusters
▪ All nodes will have similar architectures and run
the same OSs

 Heterogen...
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Processors

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Memory and Cache

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Disk and I/O



System Bus
Aggregated speed with
which complex calculations
carried out by millions of neurons in
human brain is amazing! although
i...
•

The Single System Image (SSI) represents the view of a distributed
system as a single unified computing resource

•

Th...
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Single entry point
 telnet cluster.my_institute.edu
 telnet node1.cluster.my_institute.edu
Single file h...
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Problem
 each nodes has a certain amount of resources

that can only be used from that node
 This restriction limits ...
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Usage of system resources transparently
Transparent process migration and load balancing
across nodes.
Impr...
•

A cluster resource management system (RMS) acts
as a cluster middleware that implements the SSI for
a cluster of machin...
An interface between between use applications and cluster
hardware and OS platform.
Middleware packages support each other...


Complete Transparency (Manageability)
 Lets the see a single cluster system..
▪ Single entry point



Scalable Perfor...
Sequential Applications
Sequential Applications
Sequential Applications

Parallel Applications
Parallel Applications
Paral...
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High performance: running cluster enabled
programs

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Scalability: adding servers to the cluster or by adding
more clu...
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Numerous Scientific & engineering Apps.
Business Applications:
 Database Applications (Oracle on clusters).
Inte...
The conclusion of this chapter is that although
solutions to the resource management and
Meta computing problems do exist,...


Clusters are promising and fun
 Offer incremental growth and match with funding

pattern
 New trends in hardware and ...
Summary ?
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Thank You ...

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High Performance Clusters
 Linux Cluster; 1000 nodes; parallel programs; MPI



Load-leveling Clusters

 Move proces...
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Clusters

  1. 1. What is Cluster? Computer Clusters Configuration Applications of Clusters Components Classification Single Sysytem Image Cluster Middleware Benefits of Cluster , SSI & Middle
  2. 2. A group of the same or similar elements gathered or occurring closely together;  a bunch  a number of persons or things grouped together  a number of things growing, fastened, or occurring close together 
  3. 3.  “A computer cluster is a single logical unit consisting of multiple computers that are linked through a LAN and they can be worked as a single system.”  The components of a cluster are usually connected to each other through fast local area networks ("LAN").  The networked computers essentially act as a single, much more powerful machine
  4. 4. Each system has its own CPU, memory, and I/O facilities • Each system is known as a node of the cluster • generally 2 or more computers (nodes) connected together • in a single cabinet, or physically separated & connected via a LAN • appear as a single system to users and applications • provide a cost-effective way to gain features and benefits •
  5. 5.   Shared nothing Model Shared Disk Model The detailed configuration models are:- 1. Shared nothing Model  High speed link between nodes  No sharing of resources  Partitioning of work through division of data  Advantage:  Reduced communication between nodes  Disadvantage:  Can result in inefficient division of work
  6. 6.    High speed link between nodes Disk drives are shared between nodes Advantage:  Better load balancing  Disadvantage:  Complex software required for transactional processing
  7. 7. Technicians working on a large Linux cluster at University of Technology, Germany. Sun Microsystems Cluster
  8. 8. Clusters are classified into many categories based on various factors as indicated below.  Application Target  Node Ownership  Node Hardware  Node Operating System  Node Configuration
  9. 9.  Application Target  High Performance (HP) Clusters ▪ Grand Challenging Applications  High Availability (HA) Clusters ▪ Mission Critical applications
  10. 10.  Node Ownership  Dedicated Clusters  Non-dedicated clusters ▪ Adaptive parallel computing
  11. 11.  Node Hardware  Clusters of PCs (CoPs)  Clusters of Workstations (COWs)
  12. 12.  Node Configuration  Homogeneous Clusters ▪ All nodes will have similar architectures and run the same OSs  Heterogeneous Clusters ▪ All nodes will have different architectures and run different OSs
  13. 13.  Processors  Memory and Cache  Disk and I/O  System Bus
  14. 14. Aggregated speed with which complex calculations carried out by millions of neurons in human brain is amazing! although individual neurons response is slow (milli sec.)
  15. 15. • The Single System Image (SSI) represents the view of a distributed system as a single unified computing resource • This provides better usability for the users as it hides the complexities of the underlying distributed and heterogeneous nature of clusters from them  A single system image is the illusion, created by software or hardware, that presents a collection of resources as one, more powerful resource.  SSI makes the cluster appear like a single machine to the user, to applications, and to the network. • A cluster without a SSI is not a cluster
  16. 16.        Single entry point  telnet cluster.my_institute.edu  telnet node1.cluster.my_institute.edu Single file hierarchy Single control point: manage from single GUI Single virtual networking Single memory space - DSM Single job management Single user interface 20
  17. 17.  Problem  each nodes has a certain amount of resources that can only be used from that node  This restriction limits the power of a cluster  Solution  implementing a middle-ware layer that glues all operating systems on all nodes  offer a unified access to system resources 22
  18. 18.        Usage of system resources transparently Transparent process migration and load balancing across nodes. Improved reliability and higher availability Improved system response time and performance Simplified system management Reduction in the risk of operator errors User need not be aware of the underlying system architecture to use these machines effectively
  19. 19. • A cluster resource management system (RMS) acts as a cluster middleware that implements the SSI for a cluster of machines • It enables users to execute jobs on the cluster without the need to understand the complexities of the underlying cluster architecture • A RMS manages the cluster through four major branches, namely: resource management, job queuing, job scheduling, and job management
  20. 20. An interface between between use applications and cluster hardware and OS platform. Middleware packages support each other at the management, programming, and implementation levels.     Programming  enable applications, reduce programming effort, distributed object/component models? Middleware Layers:  SSI Layer  Availability Layer: It enables the cluster services of ▪ Checkpointing, Automatic Failover, recovery from failure, ▪ fault-tolerant operating among all cluster nodes.
  21. 21.  Complete Transparency (Manageability)  Lets the see a single cluster system.. ▪ Single entry point  Scalable Performance  Easy growth of cluster ▪ no change of API & automatic load distribution.  Enhanced Availability  Automatic Recovery from failures ▪ Employ checkpointing & fault tolerant technologies  Handle consistency of data when replicated..
  22. 22. Sequential Applications Sequential Applications Sequential Applications Parallel Applications Parallel Applications Parallel Applications Parallel Programming Environment Cluster Middleware (Single System Image and Availability Infrastructure) PC/Workstation PC/Workstation PC/Workstation PC/Workstation Communications Communications Communications Communications Software Software Software Software Network Interface Hardware Network Interface Hardware Cluster Interconnection Network/Switch Network Interface Hardware Network Interface Hardware
  23. 23.  High performance: running cluster enabled programs  Scalability: adding servers to the cluster or by adding more clusters to the network as the need arises or CPU to SMP(Symmetric Multiprocessors)   High throughput: (cycle) System availability (HA): offer inherent high system availability due to the redundancy of hardware, operating systems, and applications  Cost-effectively 28
  24. 24.     Numerous Scientific & engineering Apps. Business Applications:  Database Applications (Oracle on clusters). Internet Applications Mission Critical Applications:  banks, nuclear reactor control
  25. 25. The conclusion of this chapter is that although solutions to the resource management and Meta computing problems do exist, none of the solutions is directly applicable to the case in which a user does not have a great deal of knowledge about the system they are using.
  26. 26.  Clusters are promising and fun  Offer incremental growth and match with funding pattern  New trends in hardware and software technologies are likely to make clusters more promising  Cluster-based HP and HA systems can be seen everywhere!
  27. 27. Summary ?
  28. 28.  Thank You ... ?
  29. 29.  High Performance Clusters  Linux Cluster; 1000 nodes; parallel programs; MPI  Load-leveling Clusters  Move processes around to borrow cycles (eg. Mosix)  Web-Service Clusters  LVS/Piranah; load-level tcp connections; replicate data  Storage Clusters  GFS; parallel filesystems; same view of data from each node  Database Clusters  Oracle Parallel Server;  High Availability Clusters  ServiceGuard, Lifekeeper, Failsafe, heartbeat, failover clusters

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