After yesterday’s big coming out party for HP’s new Moonshot servers in New York City, lets take a look at how HP Insight Cluster Management Utility (CMU) can be used to manage the Moonshot 1500 chassis and Moonshot servers.
Originally developed for the provisioning, monitoring, and management needs of HPC clusters, and used by many systems on the Top500 list, CMU has rapidly expanded its capabilities in recent years and is now the tool of choice for many HP hyperscale customers, not only for HPC, but also for other scale-out workloads like Hadoop. Look closely at the screen shot below and you can see how CMU’s 3-D Timeview display correlates Hadoop Map and Reduce progress with CPU, disk, and other system metrics.
As shown in the top figure, the HP Moonshot 1500 chassis management module provides standard IPMI and serial console capabilities for each Moonshot server. But with up to 180 servers in a chassis (future capability) and 1800 servers in a rack, a tool like CMU quickly becomes indispensable. Each Moonshot server cartridge, along with the Moonshot chassis cooling and power sub-systems and the chassis fabric, communicate with a shared chassis management module via satellite controllers (SC). The chassis management module works in conjunction with the satellite controllers to implement HP’s widely used iLO (integrated lights-out) management functionality in a scalable manner.
In addition to full support for the HP Moonshot 1500 chassis, CMU v7.1 introduces several important new features including:
Finally, CMU v7.1 also introduces new support for monitoring Intel Xeon Phi co-processors.
With all these improvements, CMU still manages to stay true to its core, and remains a simple, easy to use, sys-admin focused tool for provisioning, monitoring, and managing large clusters, which these days are not only limited to HPC clusters but clusters running Hadoop and now a new breed of Moonshot software defined servers.