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HP Insight CMU Cluster Management Utility (Insight CMU) is an efficient software utility for centralized system admin/ management of HPC clusters. It enables rapid cloning across on cluster nodes, and supports scalable and customizable monitoring and administration.

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Questions

1.  Can Insight CMU be used to manage a mix of Linux distributions within the same cluster?


2.  Do you plan to support Debian?

3.  Can Insight CMU be used to manage a cluster with a mix of hardware servers?  

4.  Can Insight CMU be run with SIM, StorageEssentials, or other OpenView products?

5.  Does Insight CMU require its own agents on the compute nodes, or does it use standard SIM agents? 

6.  For collecting real-time performance statistics, do you have sizing suggestions for the  management node used with Insight CMU? 

7.  How do I obtain Insight CMU for a new system?

8.  Can I purchase Insight CMU as a stand alone product, and install on my existing HP Cluster?

9.  How do I get support if I install HP Insight CMU?

10. What training and consulting services are available for Insight CMU?

Answers

Q1. Can Insight CMU be used to manage a mix of Linux distributions within the same cluster?
A1. Yes.  With Insight CMU you can establish multiple, different images.  You can deploy those images across the entire cluster, or deploy on specified groups of nodes and run multiple images simultaneously in the cluster.


Q2.  Do you plan to support Debian?
A2.  The Linux distributions supported as standard by Insight CMU are Red Hat EL and Novell SUSE.  Open source Linux distributions like Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu and Scientific Linux can be supported with HP Insight CMU on the compute nodes. Please contact your HP sales representative for more information.

Q3.  Can Insight CMU be used to manage a cluster with a mix of hardware servers?
A3.  Insight CMU can be used in clusters having a mix of supported ProLiant servers including DL and SL rack or ML pedestal systems and BladeSystems based on Xeon or Opteron processors. Insight CMU can also be customized to support other servers from HP and other vendors. Please contact your HP sales representative for more information.  

Q4.  Can Insight Insight CMU be run with SIM, StorageEssentials, or other OpenView products?
A4.   Yes. The Insight CMU management node must be a Linux server. This server needs to be in the same network than the compute nodes to allow provisioning.  Other software can co-exist on the same management server independent of Insight CMU.

Q5.  Does Insight CMU require its own agents on the compute nodes, or does it use standard SIM agents? 
A5.  Insight CMU has its own agents on the compute nodes, which gather information for the Insight CMU servers. The Insight CMU agents can be configured to gather and display a broad set of information, including SIM agent information.  Insight CMU agents are specifically developed to minimize daemon load on the compute nodes.  Use of other agents is supported, but can impact the overall compute capability available for application workloads. Insight CMU is also able to gather sensor data from the iLO using out-of-band extensions.

Q6.  For collecting real-time performance statistics, do you have sizing suggestions for the management node used with Insight CMU?
A6.  Our experience is that any recent workstation or server has been sufficient. Generally we use a ProLiant DL380 or DL385 as the management node for ProLiant clusters.

Q7.  How do I obtain  Insight CMU for a new system?
A7.  You can purchase  Insight CMU standalone, or as part of a cluster order.  Insight CMU is a featured option for both HP Cluster Platforms, and as an option on Cluster Platform Express.  CMU can be factory installed, as an option, when purchasing an integrated cluster.

Q8.  Can I purchase  Insight CMU as a stand alone product, and install on my existing HP Cluster?
A8.   Yes you can install  Insight CMU software on an existing HPC cluster as long as you conform to the  Insight CMU QuickSpecs.  Ordering information is provided in the same CMU QuickSpecs.   

Q9.  How do I get support if I install HP Insight CMU?
A9. HP provides warranty support for HP  Insight CMU for the first 90 days after installation. North America customers can call 1-800-HP Invent to receive support. Customers in other countries can use this link: support phone numbers all other countries.
HP Insight CMU comes bundled with either one or three years of 24x7 technical support and updates. Care pack services can be ordered after the support period. Uplift packages and contract extensions are also available through your HP Services Representatives.


Q10. What training and consulting services are available for Insight CMU?
A10. HP Technical Services, has a broad range of offerings to assist with  deployment and management of HPC clusters, including Insight CMU-based solutions. In addition, HP Enterprise Services manages HPC resources for customers, utilizing Insight CMU as a key management tool. Service options include on-site assistance with quickstart, knowledge transfer, and training.  Contact your HP Services Representative or contact HP via our HPC Web Form.
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