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Author Topic: BAMT version 0.5 - Easy USB based mining Linux with farm wide management tools  (Read 207322 times)
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February 23, 2012, 05:19:02 PM
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BAMT is a custom Debian based Linux designed specifically for dedicated Bitcoin mining rigs.

This is not a 'user oriented' Linux. BAMT is for mining rigs.. computers that are probably headless and probably ignored for months at a time while they do absolutely nothing but churn out shares.  There is no (fill in this blank with anything not required for mining), there is only mining.

The primary goal of BAMT is to reduce time spent deploying, monitoring and maintaining your mining farm to the absolute minimum.

BAMT runs from a 2GB or larger USB key and is persistent. Included are all the drivers, programs, and scripts necessary to very quickly deploy dedicated machines that will automatically start mining for you when turned on, report their performance via various convenient facilities, and tell you when they have a problem.  A new rig can added to your farm and mining for you in less than 60 seconds (this is not an exaggeration).  

Everything is designed to be managed remotely either via SSH or web interface.  All mining clients run inside screen sessions, all rigs are capable of sending email alerts about their own status and/or reporting their situation to a central point, and/or providing detailed mining metrics for polling monitoring systems like nagios and munin.


Website at http://bamter.org/

Support/bug tracker at http://bamter.org/redmine/projects/bamt

Donations to:  1PoRYaGS56ksQmK7XXLurW3B2zwCAE8PRc  

Direct download links:

http://chi.backpack.com/bamt/bamt_v0.5c.zip
(Thanks LittleDuke!)

http://biomancer.net/bamt/bamt_v0.5c.zip
(Thanks unicron! -> please contribute to his bandwidth fund: 1BYzuuhbAt2ErYuHm6Whr7NvRT2xN3C5Kb )

http://macdonaldboats.com/bamtmirror/bamt_v0.5c.zip
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Some reasons you might like BAMT:

Support for managing Phoenix, Phoenix2 and cgminer.  (support for BFL devices is incomplete but work is in progress.  Mining works now, graphing and monitoring will work soon)

The base is Debian Live and every effort has been taken to remain a "normal" Debian system.

BAMT is proven stable with typical miner uptimes measured in months.

The entire miner configuration is specified in a couple of simple text files.

BAMT has built in simple monitoring of mining paramters and can do alerting via email. For more robust solutions the node provides mining metrics via Munin.

Mining processes run in screen sessions and can be viewed/managed remotely via SSH.

Simple centralized config management allows controlling all your miners from one place.

Realtime mining status is available in a number of ways:
   Each node provides a web interface with current mining status and performance graphs.
   The gpumon console application provides fast access to current status and system controls.
   Munin data collectors which provide a wide range of GPU and mining data are built in.
   Nodes can broadcast status packets on the local LAN or direct them to a specific host. Status information is collected and displayed by the mgpumon console application and/or used to generate webpages such as the one seen here.

New: all mining and GPU metrics are available via SNMP for use with any standard network management/monitoring tools (nagios, zabbix, cacti, etc)  Whether you choose Phoenix, Phoenix2 or cgminer all your live data is available in the same standard format.


Some quick points on the off chance that anyone actually reads any of this


BAMT does not work with every piece of hardware out there.  Please consult the hardware compatibility list  before wasting your time.  Also please update the list, good or bad, if you try hardware not already found there.

There is no upgrade from 0.4x to 0.5.  Too many changes in the base image to allow it.  Your 0.4 configuration will work fine on 0.5 however.  So, I supposed an 'in place upgrade' could be done by:
turn off 0.4 rig.
stick 0.4 rig's key into machine you will use to write new image
copy the config file in BAMT/CONFIG/FROM/* somewhere local
write 0.5 image to key
copy config files back into BAMT/CONFIG/TO
stick key back in miner


There is no root password on the distribution image!

You must set it:

Either open a root shell on desktop and type: passwd
or login via ssh with username 'user' and password 'live' and type: sudo passwd







1 - Get it

http://bamter.org


2 - Put it on a usb key

For windows, use:  https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/0.5/0.5/+download/win32diskimager-binary.zip

Linux/mac:  

dd if=/path/to/bamt_v0.5a.img of=/dev/sdX  (device name of your usb key.  try to get the right device on the first try.  use raw device *not* a partition)


3 - Stick it in your rig





4 - Boot BAMT, and do what mother tells you (she mostly complains using the desktop background, or run 'mother -v' from shell/ssh for a quick checkup).



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February 23, 2012, 05:28:13 PM
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OK. So it seems we have left the old thread behind now.

Will that be locked ?

Thanks !

It would be EXCELLENT if BinaryMage or somebody else could upload this to a direct download site or something.

Torrents are not my thing and they are severely throttled by my ISP so that is a no-no for me.

I bet there are other people in a similar situation where P2P is blocked. 

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February 23, 2012, 05:30:47 PM
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downloading...
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February 23, 2012, 05:39:03 PM
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OK. So it seems we have left the old thread behind now.

Will that be locked ?

Thanks !

It would be EXCELLENT if BinaryMage or somebody else could upload this to a direct download site or something.

Torrents are not my thing and they are severely throttled by my ISP so that is a no-no for me.

I bet there are other people in a similar situation where P2P is blocked. 



If someone wants to bear the costs of hosting an image, feel free. 

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February 23, 2012, 05:41:34 PM
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Thanks for the new version 0.5

Download not working
HTTP-Error 500 (Internal Server Error)
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February 23, 2012, 06:06:49 PM
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Thanks for the new version 0.5

Download not working
HTTP-Error 500 (Internal Server Error)

Theres always somebody that can't make the torrent work.  Give it some time, try again.

16 people downloading it as I type this, so it can work.


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February 23, 2012, 06:15:55 PM
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Thanks for the new version 0.5

Download not working
HTTP-Error 500 (Internal Server Error)

Theres always somebody that can't make the torrent work.  Give it some time, try again.

16 people downloading it as I type this, so it can work.


Torrent working great. I'll seed it for a week or two on a 50M pipe for you.

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Thanks for the new version 0.5

Download not working
HTTP-Error 500 (Internal Server Error)

Theres always somebody that can't make the torrent work.  Give it some time, try again.

16 people downloading it as I type this, so it can work.


Torrent working great. I'll seed it for a week or two on a 50M pipe for you.

I'm not saying that the torrent is not working. I can't get the torrent file from http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/2863882/
I tried it already ~1 hour without success. Can somebody please upload the torrent file somewhere else.

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download done...took about an hour and 15 minutes
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February 23, 2012, 06:49:56 PM
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Thanks for the new version 0.5

Download not working
HTTP-Error 500 (Internal Server Error)

Theres always somebody that can't make the torrent work.  Give it some time, try again.

16 people downloading it as I type this, so it can work.


Torrent working great. I'll seed it for a week or two on a 50M pipe for you.

I'm not saying that the torrent is not working. I can't get the torrent file from http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/2863882/
I tried it already ~1 hour without success. Can somebody please upload the torrent file somewhere else.



If you can't get to their web server, not sure if you'll be able to get to the tracker anyway, but...

http://aaronwolfe.com/bamt/bamt_v0.5a.torrent


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Thanks for the new version 0.5

Download not working
HTTP-Error 500 (Internal Server Error)

Theres always somebody that can't make the torrent work.  Give it some time, try again.

16 people downloading it as I type this, so it can work.
http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/2863882/

Torrent working great. I'll seed it for a week or two on a 50M pipe for you.

I'm not saying that the torrent is not working. I can't get the torrent file from http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/2863882/
I tried it already ~1 hour without success. Can somebody please upload the torrent file somewhere else.



If you can't get to their web server, not sure if you'll be able to get to the tracker anyway, but...

http://aaronwolfe.com/bamt/bamt_v0.5a.torrent



I guess demonoid will get blocked in some countries.

Thanks a lot. Got it.
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If you just want to see it in action...

Earlier today I recorded the very first 0.5a image (that worked) on it's maiden voyage.   I think the video really managed to capture the long periods of delicate restraint interposed with moments of blinding enthusiasm.

http://youtu.be/nGeXhiUJ_n0


(dunno how to embed on these crazy forum things)

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February 24, 2012, 12:06:34 AM
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OK. So it seems we have left the old thread behind now.

Will that be locked ?

Thanks !

It would be EXCELLENT if BinaryMage or somebody else could upload this to a direct download site or something.

Torrents are not my thing and they are severely throttled by my ISP so that is a no-no for me.

I bet there are other people in a similar situation where P2P is blocked. 



I'm downloading (and seeding) as we speak, when it's done I'll get the file up on FTP ASAP.

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February 24, 2012, 12:13:16 AM
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OK. So it seems we have left the old thread behind now.

Will that be locked ?

I think it would be best to try and keep 0.4 specific issues in the old thread and any info/questions from people using 0.5 here.  If in doubt just post somewhere, its not a big deal.

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February 24, 2012, 12:33:28 AM
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OK. So it seems we have left the old thread behind now.

Will that be locked ?

I think it would be best to try and keep 0.4 specific issues in the old thread and any info/questions from people using 0.5 here.  If in doubt just post somewhere, its not a big deal.

Also, maybe on your http://aaronwolfe.com/bamt/ site put the links to each specific build topic:

BAMT 0.4 Support - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=28967
BAMT 0.5 Support - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=65915

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OK. So it seems we have left the old thread behind now.

Will that be locked ?

I think it would be best to try and keep 0.4 specific issues in the old thread and any info/questions from people using 0.5 here.  If in doubt just post somewhere, its not a big deal.

Also, maybe on your http://aaronwolfe.com/bamt/ site put the links to each specific build topic:

BAMT 0.4 Support - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=28967
BAMT 0.5 Support - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=65915


hmm maybe.  don't want to endorse 0.4 as a separate track.. I'm not supporting it with bugfixes or new features.  0.5 is the bugfix for 0.4
reality is we'll probably end up with another fine mess in this one eventually anyway.

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February 24, 2012, 12:43:31 AM
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If I ever have to redo my rig, or setup more, this looks super slick.

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OK. So it seems we have left the old thread behind now.

Will that be locked ?

I think it would be best to try and keep 0.4 specific issues in the old thread and any info/questions from people using 0.5 here.  If in doubt just post somewhere, its not a big deal.

Also, maybe on your http://aaronwolfe.com/bamt/ site put the links to each specific build topic:

BAMT 0.4 Support - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=28967
BAMT 0.5 Support - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=65915


hmm maybe.  don't want to endorse 0.4 as a separate track.. I'm not supporting it with bugfixes or new features.  0.5 is the bugfix for 0.4
reality is we'll probably end up with another fine mess in this one eventually anyway.


Yeah that could turn into a hot mess quick. Maybe then lock the 0.4 topic, reference it as "search here first" if your still running 0.4 and have questions. We only want to support the new 0.5, here is the new topic. Sure you'll get 0.4 questions sometimes, but at least we'd be managing one topic BAMT, not spread out over here and over there.  

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February 24, 2012, 12:47:28 AM
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File up on FTP. FTP to ftp://50.53.21.166:3141/, go to /bamt/0.5/bamt_v0.5a.zip. (For some reason a direct link to the file does not work; I'm not sure why.)

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February 24, 2012, 06:25:23 AM
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File up on FTP. FTP to ftp://50.53.21.166:3141/, go to /bamt/0.5/bamt_v0.5a.zip. (For some reason a direct link to the file does not work; I'm not sure why.)


Foobared....

Code:
Connecting to 50.53.21.166:3141... connected.
Logging in as anonymous ... Logged in!
==> SYST ... done.    ==> PWD ... done.
==> TYPE I ... done.  ==> CWD (1) /bamt/0.5 ... done.
==> SIZE bamt_v0.5a.zip ... 529524325
==> PASV ... couldn't connect to 10.0.2.15 port 3144: Connection timed out

Why the frell so many retards spell "ect" as an abbreviation of "Et Cetera"? "ETC", DAMMIT! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_cetera

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