27 September 2004 to 1 October 2004
Interlaken, Switzerland
Europe/Zurich timezone

InGRID - Installing GRID

28 Sep 2004, 10:00
Coffee (Interlaken, Switzerland)


Interlaken, Switzerland

Board: 32
poster Track 6 - Computer Fabrics Poster Session 1


F.M. Taurino (INFM - INFN)


The "gridification" of a computing farm is usually a complex and time consuming task. Operating system installation, grid specific software, configuration files customization can turn into a large problem for site managers. This poster introduces InGRID, a solution used to install and maintain grid software on small/medium size computing farms. Grid elements installation with InGRID consists in three steps. In the first step nodes are installed using RedHat Kickstart, an installation method that automate most of a Linux distribution installation, including disk partitioning, boot loader configuration, network configuration, base package selection. Grid specific software is than integrated using apt4rpm, a package management wrapper over the rpm commands. Apt automatically manages packages dependencies, and is able to download, install and upgrade RPMs from a central software repository. Finally, grid configuration files are customized through LCFGng, a system to setup and maintain Unix machines, that can configure many system files, execute scripts, create users, etc.

Primary authors

F.M. Taurino (INFM - INFN) G. Tortone (INFN) R. Esposito (INFN)

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