Prepare the system for Weka installation

This page describes the procedures required to system for the Weka software installation.
Once the hardware and software prerequisites are met, prepare the backend hosts and client machines for the installation of the Weka system.
This preparation consists of the following steps:
Note: Some of the examples on this page contain version-specific information. The software is updated frequently, and therefore the package versions available to you may differ from those presented here.
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Install NIC drivers

Note: The steps describing the installation of NIC drivers are provided as a courtesy. Refer to your NIC vendor documentation for the latest information and updates.

Mellanox OFED installation

This section describes an OFED installation procedure that has proven to be successful. However, Mellanox supports a number of other installation methods, any of which can be used to install OFED. For more information about other installation procedures, refer to the Mellanox documentation.

Meeting Mellanox OFED prerequisites

The Mellanox OFED installation has a number of dependencies. The following example shows the installation of OFED dependencies in RHEL/CentOS 7.x using yum's [base] and [update] repositories, which are supported and preconfigured in RHEL and CentOS.
yum install perl libnl lsof tcl libxml2-python tk
This example assumes that the server was provisioned using the "Minimal installation" option and that it has access to yum repositories, either locally or over the Internet. This method can trigger updates to existing packages already installed on the server.
Alternatively, it is possible to install OFED dependencies without triggering updates to already-installed packages, as shown in the following example:
yum --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=base install perl libnl lsof tcl libxml2-python tk
Once the dependencies have been satisfied, it is possible to perform the OFED installation procedure.

Mellanox OFED installation

The Mellanox OFED installation involves decompressing the distribution archive (which should be obtained from the Mellanox website) and running the installation script. Refer to the following to begin the installation:
# tar xf MLNX_OFED_LINUX-4.5-
# ls -lF
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Nov 28 2018 MLNX_OFED_LINUX-4.5-
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 239624023 Dec 2 2018 MLNX_OFED_LINUX-4.5-
# ./mlnxofedinstall
General log file: /tmp/MLNX_OFED_LINUX.414403.logs/general.log
Verifying KMP rpms compatibility with target kernel...
This program will install the MLNX_OFED_LINUX package on your machine.
Note that all other Mellanox, OEM, OFED, RDMA or Distribution IB packages will be removed.
Those packages are removed due to conflicts with MLNX_OFED_LINUX, do not reinstall them.
Do you want to continue?[y/N]:y
On completion of the OFED installation, the NIC firmware may be updated to match the firmware requirements of the Mellanox OFED software. If an update was performed, reboot the server at the end of the installation for the new firmware to become effective. Otherwise, restart the driver by running the following:
# /etc/init.d/openibd restart
This concludes the Mellanox OFED installation procedure.

Enable SR-IOV

SR-IOV enablement is mandatory for hosts equipped with Intel NICs except for E810, or when working with client VMs where there is a need to expose VFs of a physical NIC to the virtual NICs.
SR-IOV enablement is not required for hosts with Mellanox NICs (CX-4 or newer) and Intel E810 NIC.
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Configure the networking

Ethernet configuration

The following example of ifcfg script is provided as a reference for configuring the Ethernet interface.
MTU 9000 (jumbo frame) is recommended for the best performance. Refer to your switch vendor documentation for jumbo frame configuration.
Bring the interface up using the following command:
# ifup enp24s0

InfiniBand configuration

Default partition
Non-default partition (PKEY)
InfiniBand network configuration normally includes Subnet Manager (SM), but the procedure involved is beyond the scope of this document. However, it is important to be aware of the specifics of your SM configuration, such as partitioning and MTU, because they can affect the configuration of the endpoint ports in Linux. For best performance, MTU of 4092 is recommended.
Refer to the following ifcfg script when the IB network only has the default partition, i.e., "no pkey":
Bring the interface up using the following command:
# ifup ib1
Verify that the “default partition” connection is up, with all the attributes set:
# ip a s ib1
4: ib1: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 4092 qdisc mq state UP group default qlen 256
link/infiniband 00:00:03:72:fe:80:00:00:00:00:00:00:24:8a:07:03:00:a8:09:48
brd 00:ff:ff:ff:ff:12:40:1b:ff:ff:00:00:00:00:00:00:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet brd scope global noprefixroute ib0
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
On an InfiniBand network with a non-default partition number, p-key must be configured on the interface if the InfiniBand ports on your network are members of an InfiniBand partition other than the default (0x7FFF). The p-key should associate the port as a full member of the partition (full members are those where the p-key number with the most-significant bit (MSB) of the 16-bits is set to 1).
Example: If the partition number is 0x2, the limited member p-key will equal the p-key itself, i.e.,0x2. The full member p-key will be calculated as the logical OR of 0x8000 and the p-key (0x2) and therefore will be equal to 0x8002.
Note: All InfiniBand ports communicating with the Weka cluster must be full members.
Two ifcfg scripts must be created for each pkey-ed IPoIB interface. To determine your own pkey-ed IPoIB interface configuration, refer to the following two examples where a pkey of 0x8002 is used:
Bring the interface up using the following command:
# ifup ib1.8002
Verify the connection is up with all the non-default partition attributes set:
# ip a s ib1.8002
5: [email protected]: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 4092 qdisc mq state UP qlen 256
link/infiniband 00:00:11:03:fe:80:00:00:00:00:00:00:24:8a:07:03:00:a8:09:48 brd 00:ff:ff:ff:ff:12:40:1b:80:02:00:00:00:00:00:00:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet brd scope global noprefixroute ib1.8002
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

Verify the network configuration

Use a large-size ICMP ping to check the basic TCP/IP connectivity between the interfaces of the hosts:
# ping -M do -s 8972 -c 3
PING ( 8972(9000) bytes of data.
8980 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.063 ms
8980 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.087 ms
8980 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.075 ms
--- ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 1999ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.063/0.075/0.087/0.009 ms
The-M do flag prohibits packet fragmentation, which allows verification of correct MTU configuration between the two endpoints.
-s 8972 is the maximum ICMP packet size that can be transferred with MTU 9000, due to the overhead of ICMP and IP protocols.

Configure the HA networking

As described in Weka Networking HA section, bonded interfaces are supported for ethernet can be added to Weka after setting the bonded device in the host.
When there is a need to configure Dual Network (IB or ETH) without LACP, each NIC must have its own IP address and you will need to properly configure the routing of the interfaces involved.
Example using CentOS:
Add the following lines at the end of /etc/sysctl.conf:
net.ipv4.conf.ib0.arp_announce =2
net.ipv4.conf.ib1.arp_announce =2
net.ipv4.conf.ib0.arp_filter =1
net.ipv4.conf.ib1.arp_filter =1
This can be added per interface, as described above, or to all interfaces:
net.ipv4.conf.all.arp_filter = 1
net.ipv4.conf.default.arp_filter = 1
net.ipv4.conf.all.arp_announce = 2
net.ipv4.conf.default.arp_announce = 2
Routing tables
Append the following to /etc/iproute2/rt_tables:
100 weka1
101 weka2
Assuming the interfaces are mlnx0 and mlnx1 and assuming that the network is with IPs and and a default gw of, set the following routing rules:
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-mlnx0 dev mlnx0 src table weka1
default via dev mlnx0 table weka1
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-mlnx1 dev mlnx1 src table weka2
default via dev mlnx1 table weka2
table weka1 from
table weka2 from
Refer to this link to learn how to configure dual Ethernet network in RHEL

Configure the clock synchronization

The synchronization of time on computers and networks is considered good practice and is vitally important for the stability of the Weka system. Proper timestamp alignment in packets and logs is very helpful for the efficient and quick resolution of issues.
Configure the clock synchronization software on the backend and client machines according to the specific vendor instructions (see your OS documentation), prior to installing the Weka software.

Disable the NUMA balancing

The Weka system manages the NUMA balancing by itself and makes the best possible decisions. Therefore, we recommend disabling the NUMA balancing feature of the Linux kernel to avoid additional latencies in the operations.
To disable NUMA balancing, run the following command on the host:
echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/numa_balancing

Validate the system preparation

The wekachecker is a tool that validates the readiness of the hosts in the cluster before installing the Weka software.
The wekachecker performs the following validations:
  • Dataplane IP, jumbo frames, and routing
  • ssh connection to all hosts
  • Timesync
  • OS release
  • Sufficient capacity in /opt/weka
  • Available RAM
  • Internet connection availability
  • NTP
  • DNS configuration
  • Firewall rules
  • Weka required packages
  • OFED required packages
  • Recommended packages
  • HT/AMT is disabled
  • The kernel is supported
  • CPU has a supported AES, and it is enabled
  • Numa balancing is enabled
  • RAM state
  • XFS FS type installed
  • Mellanox OFED is installed
  • IOMMU mode for SSD drives is disabled
  • rpcbind utility is enabled
  • SquashFS is enabled
  • noexec mount option on /tmp
Note: The wekacheckertool applies to all Weka versions. From V4.0, the following validations are not relevant, although the tool displays them:
  • OS has SELinux disabled or in permissive mode.
  • Network Manager is disabled.
  1. 1.
    Download the tool repository to one of the hosts in the group intended for the cluster, using git clone from Alternatively, download the tarball from and extract it.
  2. 2.
    From the install directory, run ./wekachecker <hostnames/IPs> Where: The hostnames/IPs is a space-separated list of all the cluster hostnames or IP addresses connected to the high-speed networking. Example: ./wekachecker
  3. 3.
    Review the output. If failures or warnings are reported, investigate them and correct them as necessary. Repeat the validation until no important issues are reported. The wekachecker writes any failures or warnings to the file: test_results.txt.
Once the report has no failures or warnings that must be fixed, you can install the Weka software.
wekachecker report example
Dataplane IP Jumbo Frames/Routing test [PASS]
Check ssh to all hosts [PASS]
Verify timesync [PASS]
Check if OS has SELinux disabled or in permissive mode [PASS]
Check OS Release... [PASS]
Check /opt/weka for sufficient capacity... [WARN]
Check available RAM... [PASS]
Check if internet connection available... [PASS]
Check for NTP... [PASS]
Check DNS configuration... [PASS]
Check Firewall rules... [PASS]
Check for Weka Required Packages... [PASS]
Check for OFED Required Packages... [PASS]
Check for Recommended Packages... [WARN]
Check if HT/AMT is disabled [WARN]
Check if kernel is supported... [PASS]
Check if CPU has AES enabled and supported [PASS]
Check if Network Manager is disabled [WARN]
Checking if Numa balancing is enabled [WARN]
Checking RAM state for errors [PASS]
Check for XFS FS type installed [PASS]
Check if Mellanox OFED is installed [PASS]
Check for IOMMU disabled [PASS]
Check for rpcbind enabled [PASS]
Check for squashfs enabled [PASS]
Check for /tmp noexec mount [PASS]
RESULTS: 21 Tests Passed, 0 Failed, 5 Warnings