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  • 04/10/2020
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To run data collection followed by immediate analysis, users can run
. Data collection and analysis can be run separately using either
. All of these commands can be configured using command line options and the configuration file.
Environment Variables
Many of the options for configuring Intel® Cluster Checker, both below and in other sections for this guide, have environmental variable counterparts that also can be set. Examples of environment variables used by Intel® Cluster Checker are:
  • CLCK_ROOT which is set when clckvars.sh/csh is run. This variable sets where the tool’s top level directory is.
  • CLCK_SHARED_TEMP_DIR which is commonly set when running the tool with a higher privilege level. This variable is needed to set a path to a temporary directory that can be accessed by all the nodes.
Command Line Options
There are three ways of running Intel® Cluster Checker from the command line.
  • Collection of data only: clck-collect
  • Analysis of existing data: clck-analyze
  • Combined collection and analysis: clck.
-c / –config=FILE: Specifies a configuration file. The default configuration file is CLCK_ROOT/etc/clck.xml.
-C / –re-collect-data: Attempts to re-collect any missing or old data for use in analysis. This option only applies to data collection.
-D / –db=FILE: Specifies the location of the database file. This option works in clck-analyze and in clck, but not currently in clck-collect.
-f / –nodefile: Specifies a nodefile containing the list of nodes, one per line. If a nodefile is not specified for clck or clck-collect, a Slurm query will be used to determine the available nodes. If no nodefile is specified for clck-analyze, the nodes already present in the database will be used.
-F / –fwd=FILE: Specifies a framework definition. If a framework definition is not specified, the health framework definition is used. This option can be used multiple times to specify multiple framework definitions. To see a list of available framework definitions, use the command line option -X list.
-h / –help: Displays the help message.
-l / –log-level: Specifies the output level. Recognized values are (in increasing order of verbosity)**: alert, critical, error, warning, notice, info, and debug. The default log level is error.
-M / –mark-snapshot: Takes a snapshot of the data used in an analysis. The string used to mark the data cannot contain the comma character “,” or spaces. This option only applies to analysis.
-n / –node-include: Displays only the specified nodes in the analyzer output.
-o / –logfile: Specifies a file where the results from the run are written. By default, results are written to clck_results.log.
-r / –permutations: Number of permutations of nodes to use when running cluster data providers. By default, one permutation will run. This option only applies to data collection.
-S / –ignore-subclusters: Ignores the subcluster annotations in the nodefile. This option only applies to data collection.
-t / –threshold-too-old: Sets the minimum number of days since collection that will trigger a data too old error. This option only applies to data analysis.
-v / –version: Prints the version and exits.
-X / –FWD_description: Prints a description of the framework definition if available. If the value passed is “list”, then it prints a list of found framework definitions.
-z / –fail-level: Specifies the lowest severity level at which found issues fail. Recognizes values are (in increasing order of severity)**: informational, warning, and critical. The default level at which issues cause a failure is warning.
–sort-asc: Organizes the output in ascending order of the specified field. Recognized values are “id”, “node”, and “severity”.
–sort-desc: Organizes the output in descending order of the specified field. Recognized values are “id”, “node”, and “severity.”
For more information about the available command line options and their uses, run Intel® Cluster Checker with the -h option, or see the man pages.
The Configuration File
Intel® Cluster Checker provides a main configuration file in XML format to allow for more detailed configuration. Settings done on the fly in the command line section can be set and saved in a config file along with more complicated options such as:
  • suppressing certain types of output
  • setting output format overrides
  • setting network interfaces
  • various collect and analysis environment variables
The config file is located at /opt/intel/clck/201n/etc/clck.xml. Intel® Cluster Checker uses this file by default, or you can pass it your own config file using the ‘-c’ command line option.
Configuring the Database
You can specify a datastore configuration file in the main configuration file using the tags:
To use odbc instead of sqlite3, enter libodbc.so instead of libsqlite.so. Multiple entry tags will allow you to specify multiple databases through multiple datastore configuration files.
The datastore configuration file, by default, is located at /opt/intel/clck/201n/etc/datastore/default_sqlite.xml and takes the following format:
tag defines a database source name. This value must be unique.
tag determines whether or not to open the database in read-only mode and indicates which database to use.
tag specifies what type of database to use. Currently, the only accepted value is
tag specifies what source type to use. Currently, the only accepted value is
Configuring the Default Framework Definition
You can specify a default framework definition in the main configuration file using the tags:
tag defines what framework(s) will be run by default. If this is not present, the default framework definition will be
. If the
option is used, then that will override the default list of frameworks run.
Framework Definitions
Intel® Cluster Checker checks can be divided up into categories. We bundle related sets of providers and their analyzer counterparts in a config file called ‘framework definitions’. A few examples of such areas these bundles can cover are:
  • hardware
  • software
  • networking and fabrics
  • performance
  • memory
These bundles of can be run from the command line with the ‘-F <framework name>’ command. A full list of framework definitions can be found in this list or with the command line flag ‘-X list’. More on framework definitions can be found in the framework definition section of the User Guide.
As demonstrated earlier in the Getting Started section, Intel® Cluster Checker can also configure nodes in various ways. By default, a nodelist or nodefile is required to run Intel® Cluster Checker without Slurm using the
Nodefiles can also be used to define what role a node plays within a cluster (head, compute, login, etc). Providers can be configured to act differently or ignore nodes with different roles. For example, on a cluster with a login or head node distinct from the compute nodes, marking that node with a non-compute role would exclude it from the benchmarking that it is not set up to handle.
More on node roles can be found in the Data Collection section of the User Guide.
Similarly to node roles, nodes can also be part of a subcluster. This is set in the nodefile with a syntax similar to setting roles.
More on subclustering can be found in the subcluster section of the Data Collection.
Example nodefile:
#role: head
#role:login role: compute
#role: compute subcluster :A
#role: compute subcluster: A
#role: enhanced subcluster: A
#role: enhanced subcluster: A
#role: compute subcluster: B
#role: compute subcluster: B
#role: enhanced subcluster: B
#role: enhanced subcluster: B

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