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Ulf Troppens
Ulf Troppens
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Pinned topic Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

‏2015-09-11T06:55:46Z | beta gpfs gui spectrumscale

Starting today we are offering a GUI open beta for customers and partners.

Documentation and code is available via Service Management Connect on Developer Works:
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/servicemanagement/tc/gpfs/evaluate.html

Please post any questions and feedback to this forum. We are looking forward to receive first-hand feedback from customers and partners.

 

Overview (Excerpt from Install Instructions)

IBM Spectrum Scale GUI Beta and Open Beta version *4.2-beta delivery includes the Beta version of the IBM General Parallel File System (IBM Spectrum Scale) GUI version which is an alternative management tool instead of using IBM Spectrum Scale Command Line Interface (CLI).

The purpose for this beta is to get early feedback from you:

  • Whether the GUI helps you to achieve management and monitoring tasks.
  • Whether the features and functions of the GUI are easy and intuitive to use.
  • What missing or additional features of the GUI you see.
  • Whether you encountered any issues during your tests.

If you are interested in testing the beta version of the GUI, the GUI node has to run RHEL7.x or SLES12 as the operating system on Power ppc64 (Big or Little Endian) or Intel X86_64. Although the other nodes in the IBM Spectrum Scale cluster could be on other platforms and operating systems.

  • csb_s_c
    csb_s_c
    5 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-09-11T17:03:20Z  

    IBM doing open beta tests for GPFS is great news.

     

    So...., let's start with the first issue (which is a minor one):

    Within the GUI I can see warning events mentioning that GPFS does not run on a supported operations system. Well as we all know running CentOS instead of RHEL is indeed not supported. We all also know that a lot of IBM customers in HPC are running CentOS and that the GPFS support does not care if an issue is reported for CentOS or RHEL. And we all also know how to set LINUX_DISTRIBUTION=REDHAT_AS_LINUX.

    Thus I suggest to provide a --- let's say not well documented --- hack so that the GUI recognized CentOS as a supported platform. Maybe something like 'GPFS_DISTRIBUTION=READHAT_AS_LINUX' in /etc/sysconfig/gpfsgui.

     

    Thanks, Marcus

  • scale99
    scale99
    11 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-09-14T15:15:51Z  
    • csb_s_c
    • ‏2015-09-11T17:03:20Z

    IBM doing open beta tests for GPFS is great news.

     

    So...., let's start with the first issue (which is a minor one):

    Within the GUI I can see warning events mentioning that GPFS does not run on a supported operations system. Well as we all know running CentOS instead of RHEL is indeed not supported. We all also know that a lot of IBM customers in HPC are running CentOS and that the GPFS support does not care if an issue is reported for CentOS or RHEL. And we all also know how to set LINUX_DISTRIBUTION=REDHAT_AS_LINUX.

    Thus I suggest to provide a --- let's say not well documented --- hack so that the GUI recognized CentOS as a supported platform. Maybe something like 'GPFS_DISTRIBUTION=READHAT_AS_LINUX' in /etc/sysconfig/gpfsgui.

     

    Thanks, Marcus

    We do not discriminate against CentOS or Scientific Linux by intention. There seems to be something wrong in our OS detection code so that CentOS is falsely reported as "unsupported OS". We will check our code and fix with the next code drop.

    Updated on 2015-09-14T15:16:04Z at 2015-09-14T15:16:04Z by scale99
  • Ikky
    Ikky
    1 Post

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-09-21T11:46:45Z  

    Download via Download Manager is not working:

     

     

    Download via http works fine though.

     

    I doubted at first that this could be proxy settings but I hit the same failure on both direct and with proxy.

     

    The test button returned Connection OK also in the two cases.

     

    This seems to be specific to DownloadDirector on Spectrum Scale GUI because when I use the same DownloadDirector for other downloads from fixcentral, it works just fine.

    Updated on 2015-09-22T11:22:19Z at 2015-09-22T11:22:19Z by Ikky
  • Ulf Troppens
    Ulf Troppens
    10 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-09-23T10:23:16Z  
    • Ikky
    • ‏2015-09-21T11:46:45Z

    Download via Download Manager is not working:

     

     

    Download via http works fine though.

     

    I doubted at first that this could be proxy settings but I hit the same failure on both direct and with proxy.

     

    The test button returned Connection OK also in the two cases.

     

    This seems to be specific to DownloadDirector on Spectrum Scale GUI because when I use the same DownloadDirector for other downloads from fixcentral, it works just fine.

    Download Director worked for me when we created this page, but today I see errors too. I will look into this.
     

  • Ulf Troppens
    Ulf Troppens
    10 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-09-28T07:09:27Z  
    • csb_s_c
    • ‏2015-09-11T17:03:20Z

    IBM doing open beta tests for GPFS is great news.

     

    So...., let's start with the first issue (which is a minor one):

    Within the GUI I can see warning events mentioning that GPFS does not run on a supported operations system. Well as we all know running CentOS instead of RHEL is indeed not supported. We all also know that a lot of IBM customers in HPC are running CentOS and that the GPFS support does not care if an issue is reported for CentOS or RHEL. And we all also know how to set LINUX_DISTRIBUTION=REDHAT_AS_LINUX.

    Thus I suggest to provide a --- let's say not well documented --- hack so that the GUI recognized CentOS as a supported platform. Maybe something like 'GPFS_DISTRIBUTION=READHAT_AS_LINUX' in /etc/sysconfig/gpfsgui.

     

    Thanks, Marcus

    Marcus, we have uploaded a fix for the CentOS issue and uploaded to Box@IBM. I have sent you a mail with a link.

  • csb_s_c
    csb_s_c
    5 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-09-28T08:14:50Z  

    Marcus, we have uploaded a fix for the CentOS issue and uploaded to Box@IBM. I have sent you a mail with a link.

    Many thanks. Works fine now.

  • Ulf Troppens
    Ulf Troppens
    10 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-09-28T08:27:59Z  
    • csb_s_c
    • ‏2015-09-28T08:14:50Z

    Many thanks. Works fine now.

    Thank you for the quick verification! We are going to publish the fix via the beta download site soon.

    If anybody else needs the fix for CentOS immediately: Please send a mail to mailto:gpfs@de.ibm.com.

  • Ulf Troppens
    Ulf Troppens
    10 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-10-01T19:59:37Z  

    Download Director worked for me when we created this page, but today I see errors too. I will look into this.
     

    The issue with the Download Director should be fixed. Could you please try again?
     

  • Ulf Troppens
    Ulf Troppens
    10 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-10-01T20:00:45Z  

    Thank you for the quick verification! We are going to publish the fix via the beta download site soon.

    If anybody else needs the fix for CentOS immediately: Please send a mail to mailto:gpfs@de.ibm.com.

    The fix for the CentOS issue is now available here:
    https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/servicemanagement/tc/gpfs/evaluate.html

  • PrasadSurampudi
    PrasadSurampudi
    17 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-02T19:53:25Z  

    I was able to successfully install and configure the new GPFS GUI interface on one of our RHEL-7 servers.  But when I logged into the GUI, it failed at "Verify Storage" and then when I clicked "Next" it failed to verify at "Declustered arrays are setup". Can you please let me know if this GUI is for GSS/ESS only or a for a general GPFS Cluster also?

  • 79BQ_Stefan_Roth
    79BQ_Stefan_Roth
    3 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-16T10:38:56Z  

    I was able to successfully install and configure the new GPFS GUI interface on one of our RHEL-7 servers.  But when I logged into the GUI, it failed at "Verify Storage" and then when I clicked "Next" it failed to verify at "Declustered arrays are setup". Can you please let me know if this GUI is for GSS/ESS only or a for a general GPFS Cluster also?

    The GUI works for ESS/GSS as well as for GPFS only. If during installation the GUI finds GNR rpm packages installed (gpfs.gnr.*), then it automatically switches to ESS-Mode. This means the GUI also displays hardware centric pages ("Montoring > System" and "Monitoring > System Details"). Additionally in ESS mode the "System Setup" wizard is displayed at first time using the GUI. This is where you ended up now.

     

    Do you really have a ESS system or do you have a GPFS-only cluster?

     

    In case you don't want to run the GUI in ESS mode and instead switch to GPFS-only mode, please perform the following steps on GUI server:

     

    1. Change the last two lines of file /etc/sysconfig/gpfsgui to the following:

      # Platform
      GPFS_PLATFORM=GPFS
      GPFS_VENDOR=IBM

    2. Restart GUI via the following command:
      systemctl restart gpfsgui
  • John_Sing_Sarasota
    1 Post

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-16T14:26:11Z  

    Here at SuperComputing 2015 in Austin TX this week Nov 16-19, at the IBM booth #522, come and see a live demo of this virtual machine, answer a couple of questions, and:

    ==> walk away with a USB stick pre-loaded with *all* of the downloadable Spectrum Scale Virtual Machine material.  

    Great!   See you there, for those of you at SC15.

     

    From Austin,

     

    John Sing

    Offering Manager, IBM Elastic Storage Server

     

     

  • banched
    banched
    2 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-17T21:26:17Z  

    I've downloaded the "SpectrumScaleObjectWithGUI" VM and have it running in VirtualBox. The GPFS service is running, and the GPFS GUI is running (confirmed with systemctl status gpfsgui.service), yet I cannot browse to https://192.168.56.102

     

    Is there a step which I need to take to access the GUI which isn't documented in the guides? I thought it would work immediately upon launch. 

  • PrasadSurampudi
    PrasadSurampudi
    17 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-18T04:06:15Z  

    The GUI works for ESS/GSS as well as for GPFS only. If during installation the GUI finds GNR rpm packages installed (gpfs.gnr.*), then it automatically switches to ESS-Mode. This means the GUI also displays hardware centric pages ("Montoring > System" and "Monitoring > System Details"). Additionally in ESS mode the "System Setup" wizard is displayed at first time using the GUI. This is where you ended up now.

     

    Do you really have a ESS system or do you have a GPFS-only cluster?

     

    In case you don't want to run the GUI in ESS mode and instead switch to GPFS-only mode, please perform the following steps on GUI server:

     

    1. Change the last two lines of file /etc/sysconfig/gpfsgui to the following:

      # Platform
      GPFS_PLATFORM=GPFS
      GPFS_VENDOR=IBM

    2. Restart GUI via the following command:
      systemctl restart gpfsgui

    Thanks Stefan. I was able to make this change and got the GUI working. I'll be testing the features of the GUI next couple of days and keep you posted with any issues.

  • Ulf Troppens
    Ulf Troppens
    10 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-18T07:46:53Z  
    • banched
    • ‏2015-11-17T21:26:17Z

    I've downloaded the "SpectrumScaleObjectWithGUI" VM and have it running in VirtualBox. The GPFS service is running, and the GPFS GUI is running (confirmed with systemctl status gpfsgui.service), yet I cannot browse to https://192.168.56.102

     

    Is there a step which I need to take to access the GUI which isn't documented in the guides? I thought it would work immediately upon launch. 

    GUI is accessible via local IP and port forwarding in VirtualBox. Try this URL on the host which is running VirtualBox: https://127.0.0.1:2222

    The Spectrum Scale 4.2 Open Beta VM Explore Guide (SpectrumScale4.2OpenBetaVMExploreGuide.pdf) describes the steps to start the GUI in detail.

  • banched
    banched
    2 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-18T09:37:22Z  

    GUI is accessible via local IP and port forwarding in VirtualBox. Try this URL on the host which is running VirtualBox: https://127.0.0.1:2222

    The Spectrum Scale 4.2 Open Beta VM Explore Guide (SpectrumScale4.2OpenBetaVMExploreGuide.pdf) describes the steps to start the GUI in detail.

    Thanks Ulf - I hadn't read that particular guide, only the quick start and the GUI guide.

     

    Worked OK once I had disabled my local firewall.

  • EndlessSky
    EndlessSky
    2 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-20T08:02:41Z  

    Hi Ulf,

    Seems the tool is great,I have several questions,thanks.

    1). Once I want to order the GUI software,is the GUI separately installed package?or it must been bundled with Spectrum Scale?

    2). Can I use the GUI to manage my existing GPFS clusters?and the version is 3.5.

    3). The GUI tool can not manager multi-clusters,right?

    4). "General Parallel File System (IBM Spectrum Scale/GPFS before) must be installed on every IBM Spectrum Scale GUI node you want to run a GUI service in your system",

          This means that each cluster node needs install the GUI tool?

    5). The GUI is provided from Spectrum Scale 4.1?

     

     

  • ChristophKeil
    ChristophKeil
    2 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-20T09:28:49Z  

    Hi Ulf,

    Seems the tool is great,I have several questions,thanks.

    1). Once I want to order the GUI software,is the GUI separately installed package?or it must been bundled with Spectrum Scale?

    2). Can I use the GUI to manage my existing GPFS clusters?and the version is 3.5.

    3). The GUI tool can not manager multi-clusters,right?

    4). "General Parallel File System (IBM Spectrum Scale/GPFS before) must be installed on every IBM Spectrum Scale GUI node you want to run a GUI service in your system",

          This means that each cluster node needs install the GUI tool?

    5). The GUI is provided from Spectrum Scale 4.1?

     

     

    Hi, 

    Ulf ask me  to answer your questions.

     

    1.  The GPFS-GUI  get shipped with Spectrum Scale as a separate rpm package and cannot be ordered separately.

    2.   No you can't. The GPFS-GUI does not support the gpfs version 3.5.

    3.  Yes, you are not able to manage a multi gpfs cluster with the GUI.   Each cluster has its own GUI

    4.  No. You can have up to three installed GUI's in a Spectrum Scale cluster.
         In addition you can install a monitor agent (Zimon) on every cluster node you want to monitor with the GUI. The Zimon is available with the Spectrum Scale package
    .

    5.  No. You can have up to three installed GUI's in a Spectrum Scale cluster.
         In addition you can install a monitor agent (Zimon) on every cluster node you want to monitor with the GUI. The Zimon is available with the Spectrum Scale package.

     

     

  • EndlessSky
    EndlessSky
    2 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-20T14:43:21Z  

    Hi, 

    Ulf ask me  to answer your questions.

     

    1.  The GPFS-GUI  get shipped with Spectrum Scale as a separate rpm package and cannot be ordered separately.

    2.   No you can't. The GPFS-GUI does not support the gpfs version 3.5.

    3.  Yes, you are not able to manage a multi gpfs cluster with the GUI.   Each cluster has its own GUI

    4.  No. You can have up to three installed GUI's in a Spectrum Scale cluster.
         In addition you can install a monitor agent (Zimon) on every cluster node you want to monitor with the GUI. The Zimon is available with the Spectrum Scale package
    .

    5.  No. You can have up to three installed GUI's in a Spectrum Scale cluster.
         In addition you can install a monitor agent (Zimon) on every cluster node you want to monitor with the GUI. The Zimon is available with the Spectrum Scale package.

     

     

    Thanks a lot for your reply. Still have some questions.

    1)   No you can't. The GPFS-GUI does not support the gpfs version 3.5.

    This means the GUI can not be backwards compatibility with old gpfs version? it can only  managed the same version spectrum sale?

    2)  The GUI provided from spectrum scale version 4.1?or other version?

     

     

     

     

  • ChristophKeil
    ChristophKeil
    2 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-11-20T15:20:59Z  

    Thanks a lot for your reply. Still have some questions.

    1)   No you can't. The GPFS-GUI does not support the gpfs version 3.5.

    This means the GUI can not be backwards compatibility with old gpfs version? it can only  managed the same version spectrum sale?

    2)  The GUI provided from spectrum scale version 4.1?or other version?

     

     

     

     

    Hi,

    there is no way to run the GUI on any release lower than 4.1.1-0.

    The GUI would working on GPFS 4.1.1-0 as well, even the GUI is not shipped with this GPFS release.

    The first official release, that is shipped with the GUI is 4.2.0.

    I hope this helps.

     

  • PrasadSurampudi
    PrasadSurampudi
    17 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-12-03T03:30:03Z  

    Today I was able to explore many of the GUI options. The GUI is pretty impressive! I have couple of questions though:

    1. Does the GUI run any intrusive commands like mmdf or mmlsnsd -X etc?

    2. Many of the charts like charts related to NSDs like 'Most Actice NSDs (bytes written), Most Active NSDs (bytes read) are not working. Are they supported for the Beta or is it a future release?

    3. What are the implications of turning the pmsensors on all nodes in the cluster? does it cause any performance issues?

    4. My understanding is that the GUI currently supports only Linux (RHEL/Suse). Are there any plans of supporting the performance collection on GPFS Nodes running AIX?

     

     

  • ScaleoutSean
    ScaleoutSean
    107 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-12-03T07:30:39Z  

    Today I was able to explore many of the GUI options. The GUI is pretty impressive! I have couple of questions though:

    1. Does the GUI run any intrusive commands like mmdf or mmlsnsd -X etc?

    2. Many of the charts like charts related to NSDs like 'Most Actice NSDs (bytes written), Most Active NSDs (bytes read) are not working. Are they supported for the Beta or is it a future release?

    3. What are the implications of turning the pmsensors on all nodes in the cluster? does it cause any performance issues?

    4. My understanding is that the GUI currently supports only Linux (RHEL/Suse). Are there any plans of supporting the performance collection on GPFS Nodes running AIX?

     

     

    Cool!

     

    1. I wouldn't necessarily call those commands intrusive, but there's an option in the GUI to collect cluster logs, which is where some parts of mmdiag could run (you could run it and see what's in the output - e.g. mmlsnsd -X)

    2. It's released in 4.2.0 as far as I know (http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/STXKQY_4.2.0/com.ibm.spectrum.scale.v4r2.ins.doc/bl1ins_manualinstallofgui.htm?lang=en)

    3. I believe pmsensors' implications are explained in GPFS 4.2.0 docs, there's a fair amount of detail there I think. I also seem to recall that up to 128 node clusters are supported now, probably that's initially until more field data are collected on overall performance impact of things like performance metrics collectors and so on.

    4. What "supports" means here is you need one of those two OS to run the GUI. Stats are collected from the entire cluster.

  • scale99
    scale99
    11 Posts

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2015-12-08T13:02:10Z  

    Today I was able to explore many of the GUI options. The GUI is pretty impressive! I have couple of questions though:

    1. Does the GUI run any intrusive commands like mmdf or mmlsnsd -X etc?

    2. Many of the charts like charts related to NSDs like 'Most Actice NSDs (bytes written), Most Active NSDs (bytes read) are not working. Are they supported for the Beta or is it a future release?

    3. What are the implications of turning the pmsensors on all nodes in the cluster? does it cause any performance issues?

    4. My understanding is that the GUI currently supports only Linux (RHEL/Suse). Are there any plans of supporting the performance collection on GPFS Nodes running AIX?

     

     

    Hi,

     

    1. The GUI runs mmdf once a day (I think at 3:30am)

    2. Those should work in the beta. Are you running on real hardware or in a VM ? On VMs for some reason this metrics do not work. On real hardware you should look into the ZIMonSensors.cfg for sensors called "*disk*" and change the period from zero to one.

    3. This should not have performance impact on those nodes. However the more data you are streaming into the collector the more load you produce on the collector node. This can be tuned by raising the period from 1 second to e.g. 10 seconds or 1 minute (in the ZIMonSensors.cfg) to reduce the load. This way you may have hundreds of nodes in one collector.

    4. Of course AIX is on our list. I cannot make any promises today about when we will support it. I would expect sensors for AIX first and GUI second.

  • ppereira
    ppereira
    1 Post

    Re: Spectrum Scale GUI Open Beta

    ‏2018-11-19T18:41:54Z  
    • scale99
    • ‏2015-12-08T13:02:10Z

    Hi,

     

    1. The GUI runs mmdf once a day (I think at 3:30am)

    2. Those should work in the beta. Are you running on real hardware or in a VM ? On VMs for some reason this metrics do not work. On real hardware you should look into the ZIMonSensors.cfg for sensors called "*disk*" and change the period from zero to one.

    3. This should not have performance impact on those nodes. However the more data you are streaming into the collector the more load you produce on the collector node. This can be tuned by raising the period from 1 second to e.g. 10 seconds or 1 minute (in the ZIMonSensors.cfg) to reduce the load. This way you may have hundreds of nodes in one collector.

    4. Of course AIX is on our list. I cannot make any promises today about when we will support it. I would expect sensors for AIX first and GUI second.

    Hi, I've been trying to configure the GUI to work with an existing cluster with level is 5.0.1.  Is AIX still not supported to install and run the performance sensors for the GUI?.

     

    Thanks and regards.

    Pablo.