Archive for November, 2005

Talks, Papers, Presentations

The Ganglia Distributed Monitoring System: Design, Implementation,
and Experience
Matthew L. Massie, Brent N. Chun, and David E. Culler.
Parallel Computing, Vol. 30, Issue 7, July 2004.

Wide Area Cluster Monitoring with Ganglia

Federico D. Sacerdoti, Mason J. Katz, Matthew L. Massie, David E Culler.
In Proceedings of the IEEE Cluster 2003 Conference, Hong Kong.
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Ganglia: Past, Present and Future
(This is a talk that Matt Massie gave November 5th, 2002 to the
Linux User Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs)

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What is Ganglia?

Ganglia is a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters. It leverages widely used technologies such as XML for data representation, XDR for compact, portable data transport, and RRDtool for data storage and visualization. It uses carefully engineered data structures and algorithms to achieve very low per-node overheads and high concurrency. The implementation is robust, has been ported to an extensive set of operating systems and processor architectures, and is currently in use on thousands of clusters around the world. It has been used to link clusters across university campuses and around the world and can scale to handle clusters with 2000 nodes.

Ganglia is a BSD-licensed open-source project that grew out of the University of California, Berkeley Millennium Project which was initially funded in large part by the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) and National Science Foundation RI Award EIA-9802069. NPACI is funded by the National Science Foundation and strives to advance science by creating a ubiquitous, continuous, and pervasive national computational infrastructure: the Grid. Current support comes from Planet Lab: an open platform for developing, deploying, and accessing planetary-scale services.

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Ganglia 3.0.2 Released

The Ganglia Development Team is pleased to announce the release of
Ganglia 3.0.2 (Wilbur) which is available for immediate download from

This release is mainly fixing bugs. For a detailed description of the
changes see the Changelog included in the tarball.

Some of the highlight are:

  • New AIX metrics code
  • NetBSD support
  • “–pid-file” option for gmond and gmetad
  • Old gmond “location” staments are now handled correctly
  • “gmond –location” now works correctly
  • Compile fixes for MacOS Tiger
  • Gmond no longer core-dumps on 64-bit Linux platforms
  • cpu_wio is now reported correctly
  • PHP fixes in the web-frontend
  • many more…

The following Bugzilla entries are adresses: 27, 49, 54,62, 63, 68,70, 72.

This release has been tested on the following platforms:

  • Fedora FC4 / ia32
  • SuSe 9.0 / x86_64
  • RHEL3 / ia64
  • Mac OS Tiger
  • Solaris 2.8 / Sparc-64
  • AIX 5.2, 5.3


The Ganglia team


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