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Given the announce of PowerLinux, you might actually hear us start to use this acronym more frequently as a reference to the IBM PowerLinux program. This is an unofficial, not sanctioned by the Big Blue Zoo, use of an acronym. But, it indeed is one worthy of tucking into your Rosetta Stone should you meet one of us on the street and we slip up.
I would like to point out, that this acronym does have an official use inside IBM for Initial Program Load which basically means "booting" as in "starting". Those of you with AS/400 or mainframe heritage, will recognize that term. Detailed reading on the topic can be found in the IBM Power System Information Center.
If you have heard an acronym and want us to explain, feel free to let us know.
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Alphabet Soup: xCAT
By: Heather Crognale.
When you're ready to provision a system in your cloud or cluster, you can go through each step on your own, or you can use the xCAT: Extreme Cloud (or Cluster) Administration Toolkit.
The xCAT is a collection of tools, most of which are script-based, that you can use to build, configure, administer, and maintain Linux clusters. You can use xCAT on any cluster, but it works particularly well on high-performance clusters, horizontal-scaling clusters, and administrative clusters. The xCAT can be used with several operating systems (Red Hat Enterprise Linux, AIX, Microsoft Windows) and cluster management tools (like KVM and PowerVM).
Originally developed in 1999 at IBM, the xCAT is now open-source and is continually evolving with user input.