Abstract—To set up an operating system on hundreds of machines is a daunting task. To automate this process the concept of a kickstart server may be used. While this system has its merits it fails in a large scale environment where high performance and availability is required. This paper focuses on utilizing the available resources to optimize the efficiency of a kickstart server in a network. The current kick start server employs one system which acts as the master node and sets up an Operating System and applications in a network of systems. When the scalability increases the performance of the master node drops exponentially. A multi-level kick start server helps overcome these issues. Here one server creates more servers and controls them, thereby reducing the load on the main server and also improving speed and efficiency.
—Kick start server, multi-level, sub-server.
Ananthakrishnan Ravi is with the Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai, India (e-mail: Ananthakrishnan.email@example.com).
Roopak Venkatakrishnan is with the Sri Sairam Engineering College (affiliated to Anna University), Chennai, India (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Ananthakrishnan Ravi and Roopak Venkatakrishnan, "Multi-Level Kick Start Server," International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering
vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 197-200, 2013.