PSSC Labs Announces New Release of CBeST Cluster Management Software Stack

PSSC Labs, a developer of custom HPC and Big Data computing solutions, today announced it has refreshed its CBeST (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit) cluster management package. CBeST is already a proven platform deployed on over 2200 PowerWulf Clusters to date and with this refresh PSSC Labs is adding a host of new features and upgrades to ensure users have everything needed to manage, monitor, maintain and upgrade their HPC cluster.

The CBeST software stack is integrated into PSSC Labs’ PowerWulf Clusters to deliver a preconfigured solution with all the necessary hardware, network settings and cluster management software prior to shipping. Due to its component nature CBeST is the most flexible cluster management software package available.

“PSSC Labs is unique in that we manufacture all of our own hardware and develop our own cluster management toolkits in house. While other companies simply cobble together third party hardware and software, PSSC Labs custom builds every HPC cluster to achieve performance and reliability boosts of up to 15%,” said Alex Lesser, Vice President of PSSC Labs. “Our highly skilled and deeply knowledgeable engineers can modify every CBeST component to compliment the customer’s unique hardware specifications and computing needs and are here to provide responsive support for the lifetime of the product. The end result is a superior, ready-to-run HPC solution at a cost-effective price.”

New CBeST Version 4 features include:

Support for CentOS 7 & RedHat 7

  • Previous version of CBeST only supported CentOS 6 and RedHat 6

Diskless Compute Node Support

  • Cost — Because the compute nodes have no disks, the cost is reduced. The budget typically allocated for traditional hard disks/SSDs can either be saved entirely or reinvested into other areas of the cluster (network storage, additional RAM, or even extra compute nodes).
  • Stability — Hard drives are the most failure-prone component. Eliminating them also removes the biggest potential point of failure from each compute node.
  • Performance — Since the operating system runs in a minimal footprint of RAM as opposed to a hard drive, performance is generally superior.
  • Security — Some companies and government agencies have IT security requirements for the disposal of failed storage devices. Diskless compute nodes eliminate this issue.
  • Management/Provisioning — Compute node software can be managed from a single chroot (change root) environment. It’s also very simple to test software changes/upgrades. Users simply back up the existing image, make their changes, and reboot the nodes. If something goes wrong, just revert to your backup and reboot the nodes to restore them to their previous state.

Support for the latest high speed network fabrics

  • Support for Intel Omnipath (56 Gbps & 100 Gbps)…

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