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Thursday, July 13 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Building Bridges - The System Administration Tools and Techniques used to Deploy Bridges

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High Performance Computing is continually growing
in scope and areas of research. To cover these new
areas of research, HPC has to become more flexible to
handle the wide variety of workloads. As the
computing becomes more flexible, the infrastructure
becomes more complex to accommodate these new
varied workloads.
At Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a Level 1
XSEDE Service Provider, we faced this exact problem
for Bridges, our new NSF-funded configurable
computing resource. This talk will cover the technical
decisions that were made for Bridges, why we made
them, the tools we chose, and what the users gain. We
chose Openstack Ironic for system installation,
Openstack for managing virtual machines, Puppet for
configuration, Slurm for scheduling, Naemon, Elastic
Search / Logstash / Kibana and InfluxDB for
monitoring and reporting. This software gives
flexibility to give the users a wide range of ways to do
computing at PSC. Additionally, it gives the ability to
maintain an even higher level of monitoring and
reporting that changes automatically as the systems
change functionality.


Thursday July 13, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Strand 11