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How to update the date/time on LSI Raid cards using MegaCli

Setting the date/time on your controller is advised to keep system logs in sync. Although this is normally done by the drivers after bootup, we can do this manually with the MegaCli tool using the following syntax: MegaCli64 -AdpSetTime yyyymmdd hh:mm:ss -a<adapter#> yyyy is year in 4 digit format: 2013 mm is month in 2 […]

What is Cli64?

Cli64 is a (poorly named) proprietary tool developed by Areca that provides reporting AND management functions from userspace. If installed from the ACT repo the binary is located at /usr/local/bin/cli64. The default password for the controller is 0000. [root@localhost ~]# cli64 ? Copyright (c) 2004-2011 Areca, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Areca CLI, Version: 1.86, Arclib: […]

My Areca raid controller is beeping; how do I make it STOP?

WARNING – Only continue with this operation after the cause of the alarm has been identified* First we must authenticate to the controller by passing a password, the default is 0000. [root@localhost ~]# cli64 set password=0000 GuiErrMsg: Success. [root@localhost ~]# Now we can mute the beeping! [root@localhost ~]# cli64 sys beeper p=0 GuiErrMsg: Success. [root@localhost […]

Common questions when using Areca Cli64

What is the status of my raid array? You can obtain an overview of the arrays status using the cli64 rsf info command. [root@localhost ~]# cli64 rsf info # Name Disks TotalCap FreeCap DiskChannels State =============================================================================== 1 Raid Set # 00 2 240.0GB 0.0GB 12 Normal =============================================================================== GuiErrMsg: Success. [root@localhost ~]# You can also obtain an overview […]

MPI Over InfiniBand

To take full advantage of InfiniBand, an MPI implementation with native InfiniBand support should be used. Supported MPI Types MVAPICH2, MVAPICH, and Open MPI support InfiniBand directly. Intel MPI supports InfiniBand through and abstraction layer called DAPL. Take note that DAPL adds an extra step in the communication process and therefore has increased latency and […]

InfiniBand Port States

The status for your InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter (HCA) can be found using the ‘ibstat’ command. # ibstat CA ‘mlx4_0’ CA type: MT4099 Number of ports: 1 Firmware version: 2.10.0 Hardware version: 0 Node GUID: 0x0002c9030031fdc0 System image GUID: 0x0002c9030031fdc3 Port 1: State: Active Physical state: LinkUp Rate: 40 Base lid: 1 LMC: 0 SM […]

Unpacking Your Cluster Hardware

Watch our instructional video on unpacking your HPC cluster from Advanced Clustering: WARNING: The components of an HPC Cluster can be very heavy. Some pre-assembled clusters are more than 2,000 lbs. Great care must be used when unpacking and/or moving a cluster or any of its components. Check For Shipping Damage Despite all attempts at safe and […]

IPoIB – Using TCP/IP on an InfiniBand Network

Existing applications can take advantage of the higher bandwidth and lower latency of InfiniBand by use of IPoIB, Internet Protocol over InfiniBand. When the driver for IPoIB is loaded virtual network interfaces are made visible to the operating system. These devices appear is if they were Ethernet device and can be manipulated in the same […]

InfiniBand Cable and Port Types

QSFP QSFP cables and ports are used to DDR (20 Gbps), QDR (40 Gbps), and FDR (56 Gbps) InfiniBand links. QSFP Cable The connector on a QSFP cable is long and narrow. The connector slides into the port. QSFP Port QSFP port are recessed openings. The QSFP cable slides into the port. CX4 CX4 cables […]

What are Machine Check Exceptions (or MCE)?

A machine check exception is an error detected by your system’s processor. There are 2 major types of MCE errors, a notice or warning error, and a fatal exception. The warning will be logged by a “Machine Check Event logged” notice in your system logs, and can be later viewed via some Linux utilities. A […]

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