Clusters and server farms often have many nodes and very little hardware support for locating and diagnosing problems, especially if the problem involves the network interface. Helpme is a small stand-alone program that allows a node to use the standard PC speaker, both to signal that a problem has been detected and to render arbitrary alphanumeric text using either Morse code or the NATO phonetic alphabet. The input syntax allows repeating messages and more.
The Finishing Scripts for Cluster Installations handle specific post-installation configuration that might not be convienent nor possible using existing cluster installation methods. The usual installation process is used to build a reasonably configured node, and the system then reboots into normal mode, achieves network visibility, and executes the finishing script. The finishing script handles all of the finer details of installing packaged or non-packaged software, tweaking installation, setting host/net specific parameters/files, etc. It is controlled via a single, easily modified script.
X Application Server System (XASS) allows for the creation of 'application servers' and clients which request that applications be run on a server but displayed locally. Servers can be queried for an application or services can be broadcasted. Authentication is provided, and applications are run as the user who requested them, although this is configurable. It allows applications to be served in heterogeneous, load-balanced, or distributed environments.
Radiant Data PeerFS is real-time peer-to-peer distributed replicating file system featuring global file and sectional locks. All read operations are performed locally, and only file changes are transmitted across the network. It supports databases such as MySQL, as well as images and documents. All nodes are active/active, allowing for load balancing. Clients can also be hot switched between nodes, eliminating downtime. It also supports AES encryption for use across the Internet.
radmind is a suite of Unix command-line tools and a server designed to remotely administer the file systems of multiple Unix machines. At its core, radmind operates as a tripwire. It is able to detect changes to any managed filesystem object, e.g. files, directories, links, etc. However, radmind goes further than just integrity checking: once a change is detected, radmind can optionally reverse the change. Each managed machine may have its own loadset composed of multiple, layered overloads. This allows, for example, the operating system to be described separately from applications. Loadsets are stored on a remote server. By updating a loadset on the server, changes can be pushed to managed machines.
smartmontools contains utilities that control and monitor storage devices using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) system built into ATA and SCSI hard drives. This is used to check the reliability of the hard drive and to predict drive failures. Version 5.x is designed to comply with the ATA/ATAPI-5 specification. Future releases will comply with the ATA/ATAPI-6 and ATA/ATAPI-7 specifications. It is meant to be an up-to-date replacement for the ucsc-smartsuite and smartsuite packages, and is derived from that code.
The Kent Retargettable Occam Compiler is a multi-platform Occam 2.1 compiler that is designed to allow the Occam programming language to be used on non-Transputer platforms. Extensions from a subset of the Occam 3 specification and from pi calculus have been added over time. As a result, the version of the language supported by the compiler is also sometimes referred to as Occam 2.5 or Occam-pi.