21-25 May 2012
New York City, NY, USA
US/Eastern timezone

Centralized configuration system for a large scale farm of network booted computers

22 May 2012, 13:30
4h 45m
Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor) (Kimmel Center)

Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor)

Kimmel Center

Poster Computer Facilities, Production Grids and Networking (track 4) Poster Session


Georgiana Lavinia Darlea (Polytechnic University of Bucharest (RO))


In the ATLAS Online computing farm, the majority of the systems are network booted - they run an operating system image provided via network by a Local File Server. This method guarantees the uniformity of the farm and allows very fast recovery in case of issues to the local scratch disks. The farm is not homogeneous and in order to manage the diversity of roles, functionality and hardware of different nodes we developed a dedicated central configuration system, ConfDB v2. We describe the design, functionality and performance of this system and its web-based interface, including its integration with CERN and ATLAS databases and with the monitoring infrastructure.

Primary author

Liviu Valsan (University of Bucharest (RO))


Mr Alexandr Zaytsev (Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics (RU)) Diana Scannicchio (University of California Irvine (US)) Franco Brasolin (Universita e INFN (IT)) Georgiana Lavinia Darlea (Polytechnic University of Bucharest (RO)) Irina Dumitru (University of Bucharest (RO)) Matthew Shaun Twomey (University of Washington (US)) Sergio Ballestrero (University of Johannesburg (ZA))

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