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Birmingham site report Lawrie Lowe: System Manager Yves Coppens: SouthGrid support HEP System Managers’ Meeting, RAL, May 2007.

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1 Birmingham site report Lawrie Lowe: System Manager Yves Coppens: SouthGrid support HEP System Managers’ Meeting, RAL, May 2007

2 Desktops 60 user-desktop PCs running Linux –Older user-desktops are Pentium 3.2 GHz, 1- GByte RAM, running Scientific Linux 3. –Newer desktops are Athlon X2 dual-core, 2- GByte RAM, running Scientific Linux 4. –Migrating all to SL4 on user request 4 user-desktops running Windows XP 12 PCs in labs running whatever experiment requires: Windows or Linux

3 Linux desktop configuration All Linux desktops are loaded via Kickstart from a local mirror NFS server %post processing script does yum update and hardens the system before its first boot Configuration is then done (and afterwards maintained) using rdist via ssh with one distfile The rdist distfile has ~200 lines updating files/directories or invoking action scripts

4 Linux customisation A few unwanted packages if you install Everything with Scientific Linux 4 Worth suppressing in the kickstart See general/support/rhel4custom.html Some other bits of experience listed there for desktop use of ScientificLinux/RHEL

5 Farm hardware Alice Farm: 18 dual 800 MHz PC boxes BaBar Farm: 120 dual 800 MHz blades Atlas Farm: 38 dual 2.0 GHz blades 50% of Atlas Farm and 4% of BaBar Farm is for our local use on SL3 50% Atlas and 90% BaBar farm on grid 6% of BaBar farm running a Pre-Production Service (PPS)

6 Laptops 14 laptops in a group Pool, running Windows XP and SL3/4 dual-boot ~10 user laptops (mainly students) All laptops are behind an extra level of ‘firewall’ to the outside world

7 Servers Linux servers running various systems: SL3, SL4, SL4_64, and CentOS 5 / SL5. Most recent file-server running CentOS 5, with 16 TB raid, split as 2 filesystems. Citrix Windows Terminal Server(s) for those required MS applications.

8 Networking Gigabit to the newer servers, 100Mb/s to desktop (but gig interfaces on most PCs) 2 Gbits/s for the dept to rest of campus Campus firewall adopting default-deny policy, but Physics has its own firewall Connection on campus to UKLight, in testing by campus staff

9 Grid UK Front-ends hosting CE, MON and SE plus CEs for BaBar farm and PPS service Storage increased to 10 TB earlier this year All nodes run on SL305, gLite 3 update 24 pxe-boot/kickstart installation using yum and yaim + some steps to finish off configuration

10 On-Campus clusters Existing eScience cluster with a batch system of 38 dual nodes (nearly 3 yr old) New BEAR cluster installing this week (May 2007): initial phase 256 nodes, each with two dual-core processors, 60 TB data. By final phase: 2048 cores, 100 TB data. A share for us; plan for gridPP too.


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