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This wiki site supplements the information found at [http://xcat.sf.net/ xcat.sf.net]
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<p class="xcat-sidebar-heading">News</p>
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==Info For The xCAT 2 User==
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* Nov 30, 2012: [[xCAT 2.7.6 Release Notes|xCAT 2.7.6]] released.
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* Oct 29, 2012: [[xCAT 2.7.5 Release Notes|xCAT 2.7.5]] released.
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* Aug 27, 2012: [[xCAT 2.7.4 Release Notes|xCAT 2.7.4]] released.
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* Jun 22, 2012: [[xCAT 2.7.3 Release Notes|xCAT 2.7.3]] released.
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* May 25, 2012: [[xCAT 2.7.2 Release Notes|xCAT 2.7.2]] released.
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* Apr 20, 2012: [[xCAT 2.7.1 Release Notes|xCAT 2.7.1]] released.
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* Mar 19, 2012: [[xCAT 2.7 Release Notes|xCAT 2.7]] released.
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* Mar 15, 2012: [[xCAT 2.6.11 Release Notes|xCAT 2.6.11]] released.
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* Jan 23, 2012: [[xCAT 2.6.10 Release Notes|xCAT 2.6.10]] released.
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* Nov 15, 2011: [[xCAT 2.6.9 Release Notes|xCAT 2.6.9]] released.
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* Sep 30, 2011: [[xCAT 2.6.8 Release Notes|xCAT 2.6.8]] released.
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* Aug 26, 2011: [[xCAT 2.6.6 Release Notes|xCAT 2.6.6]] released.
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* May 20, 2011: [[xCAT 2.6 Release Notes|xCAT 2.6]] released.
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* Feb 14, 2011: Watson plays on<br>Jeopardy and is managed by xCAT!
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* New! [[xCAT Documentation]] - the documentation has been converted to mediawiki format and reorganized.  We still want to make a few more improvements, but it is ready for use.  Comments are welcome.  The goals of/reasons for this new format are:
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** Organize the information better so it is easier to find the information you want, including the use of the wiki search feature
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** Have each cookbook be more complete and self-contained, making use of transcluding and links to accomplish this
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** Enable users to comment on the documentation (suggestions, etc.) in the Discussion page of each document so that we can improve it.  In some cases, let users update the documentation directly.
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** Improve some of the most used documents, for example, the xCAT iDataPlex cookbook
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** Still enable users to download HTML and PDF versions of the documentation for offline use
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===Other xCAT User Information===
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<p class="xcat-sidebar-heading">History</p>
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* [[Release Notes]]
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* [[XCAT Features|XCAT Features and Supported HW/OS]]
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* Oct 22, 2010: xCAT 2.5 released.
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* [[Wish List for xCAT 2]]
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* Apr 30, 2010: xCAT 2.4 is released.
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* [https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=208749&atid=1006945 Bug List for xCAT 2]
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* Oct 31, 2009: xCAT 2.3 released.<br>xCAT's 10 year anniversary!
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* Apr 16, 2009: xCAT 2.2 released.
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* Oct 31, 2008: xCAT 2.1 released.
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* Sep 12, 2008: Support for xCAT 2<br>can now be purchased!
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* June 9, 2008: xCAT breaths life into<br>(at the time) the fastest<br>supercomputer on the planet
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* May 30, 2008: xCAT 2.0 for Linux<br>officially released!
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* Oct 31, 2007: IBM open sources<br>xCAT 2.0 to allow collaboration<br>among all of the xCAT users.
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* Oct 31, 1999: xCAT 1.0 is born!<br>xCAT started out as a project in<br>IBM developed by Egan Ford. It<br>was quickly adopted by customers<br>and IBM manufacturing sites to<br>rapidly deploy clusters.
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<p class="xcat-content-heading">What is xCAT?</p>
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xCAT offers complete management for HPC clusters, RenderFarms, Grids, WebFarms, Online Gaming Infrastructure, Clouds, Datacenters, and whatever tomorrow's buzzwords may be. It is agile, extensible, and based on years of system administration best practices and experience.  It enables you to:
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* Provision Operating Systems on physical or virtual machines: RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, SLES, AIX, Windows, VMWare, KVM, PowerVM, zVM.
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* Provision using scripted install, stateless, statelite, iSCSI, or cloning
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* Remotely manage systems: lights-out management, remote console, and distributed shell support
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* Quickly configure and control management node services: DNS, HTTP, DHCP, TFTP, NFS
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=== xCAT Differentiators ===
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* xCAT Scales - Beyond all IT budgets. 1,000s of nodes with distributed architecture
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* Open Source - Eclipse Public License. You can also buy support contracts.
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* More Installation Options - Install to Hard Disk, run stateless (Diskless), run diskless with a little bit of state (Statelite), install to iSCSI (no special hardware required), virtual machines (VMWare, KVM, Xen, PowerVM, zVM)
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* Built in Automagic discovery - no need to power on one machine at a time to discover. Also, nodes that fail can be replaced and back in action by just powering them on
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<p class="xcat-content-heading">Get Started With xCAT</p>
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* [[Download xCAT]]
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* Try [[xCAT iDataPlex Cluster Quick Start]]
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* Or go to [[xCAT Documentation]] and pick your environment
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* Need help? [http://xcat.org/mailman/listinfo/xcat-user xCAT Mailing List]
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<p class="xcat-content-heading">Go Further With xCAT</p>
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* [[xCAT Features|xCAT Features and Supported HW/OS]]
* [[Tips and Tricks]]
* [[Tips and Tricks]]
* [[HowTos]]
* [[HowTos]]
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* [[Xcat users|xCAT Users]]
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* [[Debugging xCAT Problems]]
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* [[Console|Console Settings]]
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* [[Wish List for xCAT 2|Wish List for xCAT]]
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==Info For The xCAT 2 Developer==
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* [https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=208749&atid=1006945 Bug List for xCAT]
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* [[xcat users|xCAT Users]]
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* [[XCAT 2 Contribution Guildelines]]
 
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* [[XCAT 2 Architecture]]
 
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* [[XCAT 2 Mini Designs for New Features]]
 
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* [[Programming Tips|xCAT 2 Programming Tips]]
 
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* [[XCAT_Developer_Guide]]
 
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* [[XCAT 2 Packaging]]
 
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* [[Node Deployment and Software Maintenance]]
 
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* [[Hierarchical Design]]
 
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* [[XCAT 2 Security]]
 
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==Misc==
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* [[Comparison of xcat and NPACI ROCKS|Comparison of xCAT 1.3 and NPACI ROCKS]]
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<center>xCAT is developed under the [http://www.eclipse.org/legal/epl-v10.html Eclipse Public License].</center>
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* [[XCAT1.3|xCAT 1.3]]
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Revision as of 12:23, 30 November 2012

News



History

  • Oct 22, 2010: xCAT 2.5 released.
  • Apr 30, 2010: xCAT 2.4 is released.
  • Oct 31, 2009: xCAT 2.3 released.
    xCAT's 10 year anniversary!
  • Apr 16, 2009: xCAT 2.2 released.
  • Oct 31, 2008: xCAT 2.1 released.
  • Sep 12, 2008: Support for xCAT 2
    can now be purchased!
  • June 9, 2008: xCAT breaths life into
    (at the time) the fastest
    supercomputer on the planet
  • May 30, 2008: xCAT 2.0 for Linux
    officially released!
  • Oct 31, 2007: IBM open sources
    xCAT 2.0 to allow collaboration
    among all of the xCAT users.
  • Oct 31, 1999: xCAT 1.0 is born!
    xCAT started out as a project in
    IBM developed by Egan Ford. It
    was quickly adopted by customers
    and IBM manufacturing sites to
    rapidly deploy clusters.

What is xCAT?

xCAT offers complete management for HPC clusters, RenderFarms, Grids, WebFarms, Online Gaming Infrastructure, Clouds, Datacenters, and whatever tomorrow's buzzwords may be. It is agile, extensible, and based on years of system administration best practices and experience. It enables you to:

  • Provision Operating Systems on physical or virtual machines: RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, SLES, AIX, Windows, VMWare, KVM, PowerVM, zVM.
  • Provision using scripted install, stateless, statelite, iSCSI, or cloning
  • Remotely manage systems: lights-out management, remote console, and distributed shell support
  • Quickly configure and control management node services: DNS, HTTP, DHCP, TFTP, NFS

xCAT Differentiators

  • xCAT Scales - Beyond all IT budgets. 1,000s of nodes with distributed architecture
  • Open Source - Eclipse Public License. You can also buy support contracts.
  • More Installation Options - Install to Hard Disk, run stateless (Diskless), run diskless with a little bit of state (Statelite), install to iSCSI (no special hardware required), virtual machines (VMWare, KVM, Xen, PowerVM, zVM)
  • Built in Automagic discovery - no need to power on one machine at a time to discover. Also, nodes that fail can be replaced and back in action by just powering them on

Get Started With xCAT

Go Further With xCAT



xCAT is developed under the Eclipse Public License.
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