Ansible playbook-based tools for deploying Slurm and Kubernetes clusters for High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and High-Performance Data Analytics

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Omnia (Latin: all or everything) is a deployment tool to configure Dell EMC PowerEdge servers running standard RPM-based Linux OS images into clusters capable of supporting HPC, AI, and data analytics workloads. It uses Slurm, Kubernetes, and other packages to manage jobs and run diverse workloads on the same converged solution. It is a collection of Ansible playbooks, is open source, and is constantly being extended to enable comprehensive workloads.

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What Omnia does

Omnia can build clusters which use Slurm or Kubernetes (or both!) for workload management. Omnia will install software from a variety of sources, including:

Whenever possible, Omnia will leverage existing projects rather than reinvent the wheel.

Omnia draws from existing repositories

Omnia stacks

Omnia can install Kubernetes or Slurm (or both), along with additional drivers, services, libraries, and user applications. Omnia Kubernetes Stack

Omnia Slurm Stack

Deploying clusters using the Omnia Appliance

The Omnia Appliance will automate the entire cluster deployment process, starting with provisioning the operating system to servers.

Ensure all the prerequisites listed in preparation to install Omnia Appliance are met before installing the Omnia appliance.

For detailed instructions on installing the Omnia appliance, see Install Omnia Appliance.

Installing Omnia to servers with a pre-provisioned OS

Omnia can be deploy clusters to servers that already have an RPM-based Linux OS running on them, and are all connected to the Internet. Currently all Omnia testing is done on CentOS. Please see Preparation to install Omnia for instructions on network setup.

Once servers have functioning OS and networking, you can use Omnia to install and start Slurm and/or Kubernetes. Please see Install Omnia using CLI for detailed instructions.

System requirements

Ensure the supported version of all the software are installed as per the following table and other versions than those listed are not supported by Omnia. This is to ensure that there is no impact to the functionality of Omnia.

Software and hardware requirements Version
OS installed on the management node CentOS 7.9 2009
OS deployed by Omnia on bare-metal servers CentOS 7.9 2009 Minimal Edition
Cobbler 2.8.5
Ansible AWX 15.0.0
Slurm Workload Manager 20.11.7
Kubernetes Controllers 1.16.7
Kubeflow 1
Prometheus 2.23.0
Supported PowerEdge servers R640, R740, R7525, C4140, DSS8440, and C6420

Software managed by Omnia

Ensure the supported version of all the software are installed as per the following table and other versions than those listed are not supported by Omnia. This is to ensure that there is no impact to the functionality of Omnia.

Software Licence Compatible Version Description
MariaDB GPL 2.0 5.5.68 Relational database used by Slurm
Slurm GNU General Public 20.11.7 HPC Workload Manager
Docker CE Apache-2.0 20.10.2 Docker Service
NVIDIA container runtime Apache-2.0 3.4.2 Nvidia container runtime library
Python PIP MIT Licence 3.2.1 Python Package
Python2 - 2.7.5 -
Kubelet Apache-2.0 1.16.7 Provides external, versioned ComponentConfig API types for configuring the kubelet
Kubeadm Apache-2.0 1.16.7 “fast paths” for creating Kubernetes clusters
Kubectl Apache-2.0 1.16.7 Command line tool for Kubernetes
JupyterHub Modified BSD Licence 1.1.0 Multi-user hub
Kfctl Apache-2.0 1.0.2 CLI for deploying and managing Kubeflow
Kubeflow Apache-2.0 1 Cloud Native platform for machine learning
Helm Apache-2.0 3.5.0 Kubernetes Package Manager
Helm Chart - 0.9.0 -
TensorFlow Apache-2.0 2.1.0 Machine Learning framework
Horovod Apache-2.0 0.21.1 Distributed deep learning training framework for Tensorflow
MPI Copyright (c) 2018-2019 Triad National Security,LLC. All rights reserved. 0.2.3 HPC library
CoreDNS Apache-2.0 1.6.2 DNS server that chains plugins
CNI Apache-2.0 0.3.1 Networking for Linux containers
AWX Apache-2.0 15.0.0 Web-based User Interface
PostgreSQL Copyright (c) 1996-2020, PostgreSQL Global Development Group 10.15 Database Management System
Redis BSD-3-Clause Licence 6.0.10 In-memory database
NGINX BSD-2-Clause Licence 1.14 -

Known issue

Issue: Hosts do not display on the AWX UI.


Frequently asked questions


  1. Removal of Slurm and Kubernetes component roles are not supported. However, skip tags can be provided at the start of installation to select the component roles.​
  2. After the installation of the Omnia appliance, changing the manager node is not supported. If you need to change the manager node, you must redeploy the entire cluster.
  3. Dell Technologies provides support to the Dell developed modules of Omnia. All the other third-party tools deployed by Omnia are outside the support scope.​
  4. To change the Kubernetes single node cluster to a multi-node cluster or to change a multi-node cluster to a single node cluster, you must either redeploy the entire cluster or run kubeadm reset -f on all the nodes of the cluster. You then need to run omnia.yml file and skip the installation of Slurm using the skip tags.

    Contributing to Omnia

    The Omnia project was started to give members of the Dell Technologies HPC Community a way to easily setup clusters of Dell EMC servers, and to contribute useful tools, fixes, and functionality back to the HPC Community.

Open to All

While we started Omnia within the Dell Technologies HPC Community, that doesn’t mean that it’s limited to Dell EMC servers, networking, and storage. This is an open project, and we want to encourage everyone to use and contribute to Omnia!

Anyone can contribute!

It’s not just new features and bug fixes that can be contributed to the Omnia project! Anyone should feel comfortable contributing. We are asking for all types of contributions:

If you would like to contribute, see CONTRIBUTING.