[UCI-Linux] clusterfork - talk to your cluster

Harry Mangalam harry.mangalam at uci.edu
Fri Nov 19 10:38:06 PST 2010

clusterfork is a tool that may be useful for anyone having to ride 
herd on a cluster-like assemblage of machines.

the Summary:

clusterfork (aka cf) is a commandline perl script for issuing the same 
command to many computers simultaneously via ssh, collating the 
results of that command by node, and presenting those results to the 
user in a number of ways to judge whether it has been successful.

For example, the following line will show you the correctable and 
uncorrectable memory errors on the nodes thru Change the IP range to your own and try it yourself.

clusterfork --target=10.255.78.[20:60] \
'cd /sys/devices/system/edac/mc \
&&  grep [0-9]* mc*/csrow*/[cu]e_count'

It was written for my own use (in bash) and has been in use in a 
couple of different iterations for about 2 years.  Recently re-written 
in Perl with a lot more options (and possibly bugs).  But it seems to 
be pretty reliable now.

Read more about it here:

And pick it up the Perl script here:

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