[Lustre-discuss] accessing different Lustre filesystems using different network interconnects

Jonathan Buch jonathan.buch at hs-karlsruhe.de
Thu Feb 16 03:50:56 PST 2012

Hello Mr. Zeiser,

without knowledge about your current lnet setup:

3 networks - 2 infiniband, 1 eth

cluster-a: i2ib0
cluster-b: i2ib1
conn-ab: tcp0

# /etc/modprobe.d/lustre
options lnet ip2nets="tcp0 192.168.0.[1,2]; ib2ib0 10.0.1.*; ib2ib1  
options lnet routes="tcp0 1 at i2ib0; tcp0 1 at i2ib1; i2ib0 1; i2ib1 1; "

A `lctl list_nids` on login-a: at tcp0 at i2ib0

And the other gateway of course gets the i2ib1 and second tcp0.
The gateways  get to be lustre routers then and you can even mount the
other lustre on the client nodes - the single modprobe file can be
distributed on all lustre servers/clients.

mount -t lustre at tcp0: at i2ib0:/lustre-a /lustre-a

I _think_ this should work (of course it depends on how you set up
you current networks, if both cluster a and b have i2ib0 as network
I think you need to rename one (which I guess would involve an
ugly unmount of the full lustre system and --writeconf, as suggested
by the manual)).

I hope this covers what you were asking.


Jonathan Buch

On Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:21:03 +0100, Thomas Zeiser  
<thomas.zeiser at rrze.uni-erlangen.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> we have two clusters (let's call them A and B); each with a "local"
> Infiniband network and a Lustre filesystem. Both clusters can see
> each other via GBit Ethernet but not via Infiniband.
> We'd now like to mount Lustre-A on the login node A via Infiniband
> (o2ib) but in addition also Lustre-B via GBit Ethernet (eth0).
> (And vice versa on the login node of B.)
> However, even if the initial connect of login-A to Lustre-B is
> initiated via eth-NID it gets the IB-NID back from the MDS
> and subsequently tries to reach the MDS/OSS via Infiniband; but
> there is no physical connection between the two Infiniband networks.
> Any ideas/suggestions? Except also accessing Lustre-A from login-A
> only via GBit Ethernet, i.e. loading lnet without support for o2ib.
> Thanks for your help,
> Thomas Zeiser

Jonathan Buch, B.Sc.
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Institute of Materials and Processes (IMP)
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D-76133 Karlsruhe

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