OHAC enters the University

After about a year of evangelizing OHAC, finally a student has actually installed Cluster Express, the binary distribution of Open HA Cluster (OHAC). Abhilash, a student from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus is one of the first students in India to install Cluster Express. Probably he is the first one from the student community to do so. All students who have started using OHAC, feel free to comment on this blog about your experiences with Cluster Express.

Hear from Abhilash in his own words. 

Abhilash 

I am a Computer Science and Engineering student at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus. I was first introduced into the exciting world of Open Source by participating in the Sun Code for Freedom Contest. I very well liked the idea and started learning more. It was a very empowering experience.

At the end of the contest I got introduced to High Availability clusters. I took it up. My first step was installing OpenSolaris on my Sony VAIO VGN-CR35G laptop. Initially I did not get the GUI. I posted my queries in BOSUG and I got excellent support. In the process I learned a lot. Then I installed the cluster. I had an older version of the cluster clusterexpress20080213-x86 which I had installed in Solaris snv_76. I found that my system was panicking after configuring a single node cluster. I posted this in the ha-cluster discuss forum. I learned what all to do in case of a panic. I learned how to take the stack trace in case of a panic. I also learned how to configure the dump device, how to boot into kernel debugger mode. I also got to learn what all to do in case we cannot boot into the OS. It is then that I found that the problem was with the version of the cluster that I was using. I immediately downloaded clusterexpress20080522-x86, installed and configured it and I found that I had successfully installed the cluster. In this process I got very good support from the cluster discuss forum especially from Tirthankar sir and Binu sir who were very generous in helping me out.

It really interests me when I get to learn new stuff. I like to organize technical events; I love to conduct technical sessions. I love to work with groups of like minded people. It really brings out the best in me. I am a CBSE national level hockey player and have participated in many Zonal and National level competitions.

Hope you have a great time hacking OHAC.

Read about Abhilash's experience here.

Comments:

Hey Tirthankar,

Do I become the second student in India to do so?? :-)
http://blogs.sun.com/krabhishek/entry/ohac_talk_at_gloss

And might be the first student to give a talk on it??? :)

Thanks for your support!
-Abhishek

Posted by Kumar Abhishek on July 01, 2008 at 05:55 AM IST #

From Abhilash:

"Some of my friends had already installed the cluster before me at our college, in fact I was also with them, the thing is they couldn't continue with it."

Tirthankar to Abhilash
I will give you credit as you really showed enthusiasm and persistence and also worked on fixing bugs in the data service area

Posted by Tirthankar on July 13, 2008 at 03:41 PM IST #

To Abhishek:
Well may not be the second but definitely you are joining a select club. Hope you can expand this club.

Posted by Tirthankar on July 13, 2008 at 03:43 PM IST #

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