Birds of a Feather
100% Open Source Full Stack Cluster Management
Event Type
Birds of a Feather
Clouds and Distributed Computing
HPC Centre Planning and Operations
Storage Technologies
System Software & Runtime Systems
TimeWednesday, June 19th2:45pm - 3:45pm
DescriptionSetting up and operating HPC clusters remains a challenge. Individual software
packages are freely available for most functionality, however an integrated open-source solution covering all aspects of cluster management was missing until recently.

Qlustar's mission is to fill this gap: As a
mature Cluster OS it includes a scalable boot/image technology
coupled with a powerful management software that allows precise
configuration of cluster components as well as their efficient
operation. Its ease of use frees valuable human resources making them
available to improve scientific research done with HPC instead.

The decision to fully open-source Qlustar about one-year ago generated
substantial momentum with more than 80 new world-wide installations. This indicates that the possibility to
standardize on a free but supported vendor-neutral cluster software
stack is an attractive option for organizations.

This session will have two presentations, where the first one will
briefly outline the present features of Qlustar and the second
will be about about the motivation and steps taken so far in the
direction towards open-source standardization of HPC management
software at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

The goal of this BoF is to bring together developers, HPC cluster
admins and hardware vendors to identify the most pressing issues to
further enhance Qlustar's suitability as an open-source full stack HPC
management solution. 50% of the time will be dedicated to Q&A sessions
after the two presentations and a concluding extended survey
concerning future requirements for Qlustar from the sysadmin and/or
hardware vendor side based on feedback from the audience.