ScaleMP Management & Monitoring
Bright Cluster Manager® — Advanced Edition can aggregate multiple cluster nodes
into a single virtual SMP node, using
ScaleMP's Versatile SMP™ (vSMP) architecture. Capabilities include on-the-fly
deployment, provisioning, configuration, monitoring and management of virtual SMP nodes.
Creating one or more virtual SMP nodes using ScaleMP's Versatile SMP architecture is trivial with Bright Cluster Manager.
Virtual SMP technology allows multiple physical x86 servers (nodes) to be
aggregated and presented as a single, virtual SMP server (node).
Bright Computing's integration with vSMP Foundation means that
creating and dismantling a virtual SMP node can be achieved with just a few clicks
within the cluster management GUI.
Virtual SMP nodes can even be built and launched automatically on-the-fly using the
scripting capabilities of the
cluster management shell.
In a Bright Cluster Manager cluster a virtual
SMP node behaves like any other node. This means it can be
provisioned, monitored, used in the workload management system, have
health checks running on it, and so on.
Bright Cluster Manager provides a dashboard-style overview of your virtual SMP node.
Bright Cluster Manager — Advanced Edition allows the configuration of
the virtual SMP node, as well as the underlying physical members of the virtual SMP node.
The configuration is integrated into Bright Cluster Management such
that, amongst other features:
- a new virtual SMP node can be created with a few mouse clicks;
- member nodes can be added to or removed from the virtual SMP node as needed;
- a list of physical member nodes used by the virtual SMP node is set;
- the percentage memory used by the OS running on the virtual SMP
node can be set, with the remainder used on the node for virtual SMP
related optimization purposes;
- the minimal number of active interface boards needed in order for
booting to start can be set;
- console redirection can be set to specific serial port(s) of the
physical node members;
- the boot device member for the virtual SMP node can be set;
- behavior upon boot failure can be set (for example, to restart or
to drop to a menu);
- hyperthreading can be switched on or off, to suit performance needs;
- extended ACPI information can be switched on or off;
- the HCA firmware can be updated;
- a watchdog-style restart can be set in case the virtual SMP node
Bright Cluster Manager offers insight in and control over virtual SMP nodes in multiple ways. The screenshot on the left shows the Tasks tab with various tasks and actions that can be executed on a virtual SMP node. The screenshot in the middle shows the Virtual SMP Overview tab in which all virtual SMP nodes are listed and in which new virtual SMP nodes can be created. The screenshot on the right shows the System Information tab for one virtual SMP node, summarizing relevant information about that node.
“With Bright Cluster Manager now offering full support for ScaleMP vSMP Foundation, setting up and managing a ScaleMP cluster has never been so easy.”
— Shai Fultheim, CEO of ScaleMP
"Creating and dismantling a virtual SMP node can be achieved with just a few clicks
within the cluster management GUI."
"Virtual SMP nodes can even be built and launched automatically on-the-fly
using the scripting capabilities of the cluster management shell."