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Re: Terminating a cluster does not remove its security group (UNCLASSIFIED)

From: Dustin Machi <no email>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:44:32 -0500

I actually didn't mean the ephemeral disk on the master node (though
that can be done too). I meant for you to use the local disk on each
compute node for writing output, then copy the finalized results over to
the shared (NFS) location when the job is complete. However, if all the
i/o can be routed through a single node (master or otherwise), then you
can use that node's ephemeral disk to have local disk write performance.
IIRC, it is mounted it /mnt by default.


On 18 Dec 2012, at 13:24, Oppe, Thomas C ERDC-RDE-ITL-MS Contractor

> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: FOUO
> Dustin,
> Thank you for the idea of using the local (ephemeral) disk associated
> with a particular instance, say the "master" node. In our case, we
> are benchmarking HYCOM, an ocean-modeling code. It is possible to
> generate two kinds of executables: a serial I/O (sio) executable in
> which all I/O is routed through MPI rank 0 (i.e., master) and a
> parallel I/O (pio) executable that uses MPI-2 I/O calls. Hopefully
> the master instance has a 200GB local disk because that is how much
> I/O is generated during a run (I think it is actually 150 GB or so).
> I will see if there is any kind of instance in StarCluster that has
> this size of local disk.
> Thank you for the information.
> Tom Oppe
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dustin Machi []
> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:04 PM
> To: Oppe, Thomas C ERDC-RDE-ITL-MS Contractor
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: [StarCluster] Terminating a cluster does not remove its
> security group (UNCLASSIFIED)
>> On another issue, do you have a pointer to information about how to
>> create and use striped disks within StarCluster? We have an
>> application that is I/O-intensive and the I/O portion seems to be
>> slowing down the execution time considerably.
> The I/O is being done over NFS (over the local network) by default. I
> don't think there is anything built in that will let you configure a
> striped setup out of the box. It would likely require that you write
> a plugin to do that job. Your plugin would need to create the volumes,
> mount them locally, and then configure and mount the logical (striped)
> volume on top of that and format it with XFS. This XFS volume is then
> exported to the other nodes by NFS.
> All that said, I'm not sure NFS will cut it for you with a lot of I/O.
> I would suggest that you use the local TEMP disk (ephemeral disks) on
> your compute jobs and then copy the results over when a particular
> work set is complete. This allows your app to use local/non-shared
> disk for the intensive stuff and then just share back afterwards.
> Dustin
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: FOUO
Received on Tue Dec 18 2012 - 16:44:39 EST
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