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Configure LSF in a Unix environment (Solaris and Linux)

How do you configure LSF in a Unix environment (Solaris and Linux)?

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For people that do not know, LSF (Load Sharing Facility ) is a general-purpose distributed computing system that manages, monitors and analyzes the workload for a heterogeneous network of computers. It unites a group of computers into a single system to make better use of the resources on a network. After you do the install, which is fairly simple (lsfinstall -f install.config), you are ready to configure:
  1. Run hostsetup, which sets up LSF hosts.
  2. You must Log on to each LSF server host as root. Start with your LSF master host.
  3. Run hostsetup on each LSF server host. For example:
    # cd /usr/share/lsf/6.0/install
    # ./hostsetup --top="/usr/share/lsf" --boot="y"
  4. Log on to the LSF master host. You must be root and set your LSF environment:
     $ . LSF_TOP/conf/profile.lsf 
  5. Run lsfstartup, which will start the cluster.
  6. Test the cluster by running LSF commands (I.E., lsmon, lsinfo)

See this page for all the information and documentation you'll ever need on LSF.

This was first published in August 2005

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