It seems like not a week goes by without Whamcloud receiving requests from customers asking about Lustre training. And it’s also been the case recently that not a month goes by that we don’t offer training.
This all seemed like a good excuse to write a bit about Whamcloud’s Lustre training.
The Whamcloud training program has become very active. We did Lustre training in Bologna, Italy, in December, in Denver, Colorado, USA, in January, and in Oxford, UK, just this February. And there’re a lot more classes already scheduled. We will do Lustre training this March in Australia, and again in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, this May.
If you’re responsible for Lustre administration and need to upgrade your skills or shake the rust off, Lustre training is now more available than ever. And possibly in a convenient location near you.
What do we cover at these classes? The main three-day class is called Lustre Installation and Administration. After an overview of Lustre and its architecture, we talk about how to design and then install Lustre servers and clients. We use hands on labs so everyone in the class can build their own Lustre file system under the instructor’s guidance. We work through how to administer, tune, and troubleshoot. So it isn’t just a one-way lecture. You’ll build Lustre systems yourself, right there in the classroom, with ample chance to break things and start over. We think this is the best way to learn. We’re confident you’ll agree.
Here’s the major class sections:
- Introduction to Lustre filesystem
- Architecting and designing Lustre cluster
- Lustre implementation and configuration
- Building large scale Lustre clusters
- Lustre client configuration and setup
- Lustre filesystem backup and restore
- Advanced Lustre Networking
- Tuning Lustre for your environment
- Troubleshooting a Lustre filesystem
Why do we offer the training? We believe in Lustre. We think it is an incredible tool. We like teaching, and we enjoy what we learn from the many people that attend, their questions and their shared experiences. The class has no sales pitch, and no pressure to purchase Whamcloud support, proud as we are of the support we offer. The classes exist for you to learn how to install and administer Lustre.
Special thanks to Dr. Zhiqi Tao, senior systems engineer at Whamcloud, for contributing to this blog post. Zhiqi provides technical consultations to Whamcloud partners and customers.
Dan has been involved in high performance computing ever since joining Cray Research in the mid 80's. After working at Cray, SGI, Sun and Oracle on HPC support and development projects, he wanted to help grow Lustre's adoption and joined Whamcloud in 2010. Dan now works with Whamcloud's partners as well as handling sales, general business development, training, and marketing. He's lived in Spain and England as well as the US and currently makes his home in Minnesota. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas. Dan's involved in several community programs including The Compassionate Friends and Cancer support groups.