Thursday, October 8, 2020


Title: How to install and configure xCAT - Tutorial

OS: CentOS Linux release 7.8.2003 (Core)

Kernel Version: 3.10.0-1127.13.1.el7.x86_64

Software: xCAT

Software Version: 2.13.7

User Account: Use ‘sudo’ (recommended)

Reboot Required: No

 Requirements for your ‘proof of concept’ (POC) environment:

Servers: 1 x Management node & 1 x Compute node (Actual hardware or VMs i.e using VirtualBox)

Cluster Network: (Netmask:


IP Address




xCAT management server


Compute Node


Note: For actual hardware (servers) connect them over ethernet (ideally to a Gigabit switch)

1        What is xCAT?

xCAT is a cluster deployment and management tool which can be used to easily manage different types of servers with different operating systems (OS). It’s very powerful tool for managing HPC clusters. For more information check this out:     


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