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Intel(R) Xeon Phi(tm) Coprocessor -- Cluster training - call for demand!

BelindaLiviero
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Intel is evaluating to offer a 4 hour web-based basic tutorial covering the fundamental principles of how to integrate an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor into a Linux based cluster.

During the course each attendant would have remote access to a Linux server and be able to do each step as shown in the outline below.  The course will be given free of charge. Requirements are an Internet connection, a web browser, and Putty.   We are settling on the sharing technology we will be using, and will publish that at a later date.

If you are interested in such an offer please reply to this forum thread -- you have the ability to reply privately, if you don't want to be identified.

If we have enough interest, we'll pull it together!

Topics:

  • Finding information on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor on the web
  • Download the driver software
  • Unpacking the driver software package, explanation of components
  • Discussion on prerequisites of the compute server (for instance what software needs to be installed, reserved IP addresses, user names, network file systems)
  • Basic concepts (host, host OS, host kernel, coprocessor, Intel(R) MPSS stack, layout of files, boot image of the uOS, ramfs of the uOS)
  • Recompiling HOST kernel packages; diagnose output  and understand errors (necessary to work with nonstandard kernels)
  • Install a minimal set of MPSS rpm packages using rpm
  • Create a default MPSS configuration (using “micctrl --initdefaults “)
  • Startup (aka boot) the coprocessor
  • Connect via minicom to the coprocessor (this allows one to connect to the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor WITHOUT figuring out network problems)
  • modify uOS filesystem by overlaying an /etc/passwd file; reboot the coprocessor
  • Create a bridgded network on the host
  • Configure the coprocessor for bridged networking by modifying micX.conf  directly
  • Reboot card and connect via ssh
  • Set up a ssh key-pair; diagnose ssh gotchas
  • Mount a NFS file system on the coprocessor
  • Configure a user known in the cluster by modifying the /etc/passwd file of the coprocessor
  • Group up with neighbor – run MPI benchmark natively over Ethernet
  • Recompile the MPSS OFED package to support a nonstandard kernel on the HOST
  • Install MPSS-OFED rpms
  • Start OFED on the coprocessor
  • Group up with neighbor – run MPI benchmark natively over InfiniBand
  • Create a minimal startup script wrapping everything up; this startup script can be used by a batch scheduling system to restart a coprocessor on behalf of a user before running a job.
  • Where to find more resources or ask questions

In future (advanced) courses we might want to talk about topics like:

  • Change micX.conf configuration to adopt to diskless clients
  • The tools (micinfo, micrasd, ….)
  • Logging – syslog, sar (how to enable logging, typical output and problems to look out for)
  • cron: maintenance  log rotation,  detect issues like missing daemons, problems
  • Adding more programs/libraries/files to the coprocessors (including pros and cons)
  • Troubleshooting startups/shutdowns
  • Upgrading the MPSS stack on an established installation
  • Diagnose system and coprocessor health
  • Customizing installation scripts
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Vadim_Karpusenko
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This sounds very interesting. Please, count me in.

Vadim Karpusenko <vadim@colfax-intl.com>

Gethin_W_
Beginner
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Yes, thanks.  I'm interested.

yectli_h_
Beginner
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I'm also interested. thanks
Vishal1
Beginner
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I'm very interested.

Vitaly_V__K_
Beginner
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I'm interested.

Ole_Saastad
Beginner
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Yes, please. I'm interested.

Girish_Nair
Beginner
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Oh boy. That would be a dream come true. Very excited. A big YES.

drMikeT
New Contributor I
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I would be interested ...

Michael

Tod_M_Intel
Employee
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Very interested, thanks!

Tod

Giorgis_G_
Beginner
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Count me in. Very interested.

Giorgis

Carlos_Alexandre_T_
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I am extremely interested! Thanks!

BelindaLiviero
Employee
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Thank you for registering your interest -- we are still planning on this - the timing of the sessions is likely to start in ~May.

One question I must ask is somewhat logistical:   the best 'webinar' tool that we have used at Intel in the past is one that supports access from Microsoft* Windows, iOS, or Android clients but not Linux  (more here: http://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003 )

Will this be a big problem for you folks?   Do all of you have one of the supported types of systems from which you can connect?

 

 

VIKRANT_G_
Beginner
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I am interested in this

Georg_G_
Beginner
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I'm very interested attending this course.

Georg

ekiefner
Beginner
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Yes, I am very interested too to join this Web training about INtel MIC and Linux Cluster.

Erhard

BelindaLiviero
Employee
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All,

You are receiving this message if you’ve indicated to us in the past that you’d be interested in training on cluster administration with large installations of Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors.  

Starting this May, Intel will lead 4-hour webinars, with some hands-on exercises, on Basic Cluster administration with  Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors.

There is an 18 person limit on webinar attendance because it is hands-on.   Attendees who register will receive notification within a few days to confirm registration.

Where and When:   Three webinar sessions are available now, and more will be scheduled throughout the summer depending on demand.   

Monday, May 12, 2014 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM PDT       Register at:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/909192649  (very limited seating)

Wednesday, May 14 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT          Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/822739432

Wednesday, May 21 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT       Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/899481456

 

Agenda: In this course led by an instructor the attendants will learn how to integrate Xeon Phi coprocessors into a cluster. The session will include:

  • Discussion on prerequisites of the compute server (for instance what software needs to be installed, reserved IP addresses, user names, network file systems)
  • Unpacking the driver software package, explanation of components
  • Basic concepts (host, host OS, host kernel, coprocessor, MPSS stack, layout of MPSS files, boot image of the uOS, ramfs of the uOS)
  • Recompiling HOST kernel packages; diagnose output  and understand errors (necessary to work with nonstandard kernels)
  • Install a minimal set of MPSS rpm packages using rpm
  • Create a default MPSS configuration (using “micctrl --initdefaults “)
  • Startup (aka boot) the coprocessor
  • Connect via minicom to the coprocessor (this allows one to connect to the Xeon Phi WITHOUT figuring out network problems)
  • modify uOS filesystem by overlaying an /etc/passwd file
  • Create a bridgded network on the host
  • Configure the coprocessor for bridged networking by modifying micX.conf  directly
  • Reboot card and connect via ssh
  • Set up a ssh key-pair; diagnose ssh gotchas
  • Mount a NFS file system on the coprocessor
  • Configure a user known in the cluster by modifying the /etc/passwd file of the coprocessor
  • Group up with neighbor – run MPI benchmark natively over Ethernet
  • Recompile the MPSS OFED package to support a nonstandard kernel on the HOST
  • Install MPSS-OFED rpms
  • Start OFED on the coprocessor
  • Group up with neighbor – run MPI benchmark natively over InfiniBand
  • Create a minimal startup script wrapping everything up; this startup script can be used by a batch scheduling system to restart a coprocessor on behalf of a user before running a job.
  • Where to find more resources or ask questions

 

Each attendant will connect via ssh to a cluster, and be able to run all necessary commands alongside the presentation.

 

 

 

BelindaLiviero
Employee
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space is still available on the May 14 webinar -- otherwise most other dates are full!

Please let us know if more sessions are needed

ashish_s_
Beginner
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I joined this forum some days back. I want to attend Intel Phi cluster trainings again. Can you share presentation of those webinars or provide information on any scheduled training on the same in future?

 

Thanks,

Ashish K Singh

Alfonso_P_
Beginner
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I' am interested for the slides/presentation too.

TaylorIoTKidd
New Contributor I
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We have plans for more training but no definite dates.

I'll forward your requests on.

Regards
---
Taylor
 

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