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

Integrated cluster management at the Manchester Tier-2

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


Andrew Mcnab (University of Manchester)


We describe our experience of operating a large Tier-2 site since 2005 and how we have developed an integrated management system using third-party, open source components. This system tracks individual assets and records their attributes such as MAC and IP addresses; derives DNS and DHCP configurations from this database; creates each host's installation and re-configuration scripts; monitors the services on each host according to the records of what should be running; and cross references tickets with asset records and per-asset monitoring pages. In addition, scripts which detect problems and automatically remove hosts record these new states in the database which are available to operators immediately through the same interface as tickets and monitoring.

Primary authors

Alessandra Forti (University of Manchester (GB)) Andrew Mcnab (University of Manchester)

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