Newsletter - February 2006
OPTIMIZING YOUR COMPUTE RESOURCES
NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Terra Soft Solutions this month announced the release of its Y-Bio Cluster, which bundles Moab Cluster Suite with various other applications to provide a user-friendly cluster for bioinformaticists.
The Y-Bio Cluster combines over 100 genomics sequencing applications into a single, managed interface. Y-Bio Cluster enables bioinformaticists to conduct research in the time required to apply power, log-in and upload data. No configuration or system administration experience is required.
"The Apple G5 Xserve running Y-HPC is an ideal platform for genomics research, taking advantage of the 970's incredible 32-bit performance and light-weight, flexible Linux OS," said Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions. "In addition, we have bundled Cluster Resource's Moab, an elegant, professional cluster workload management solution that does not require the user to be a cluster administration expert."
Moab Cluster Suite(R) eliminates the complexity of cluster management so users with limited experience can benefit from the power of a cluster. Through Moab, Y-Bio Cluster users submit and manage workload via the Web interface. Moab empowers the cluster administrator to schedule, report and monitor jobs; visually track architecture, OS, status and CPU utilization; reserve, on-line / off-line connectivity, and cycle power nodes through a single desktop Java application. Both user and admin tools function with OSX, Windows, and Linux desktops with little to no training.
A free evaluation of Moab is available at www.clusterresources.com/eval. More information about Moab Cluster Suite can be found at www.clusterresources.com/moab. More information on the Y-Bio cluster is available at http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/y-bio/.
Cluster Resources announced today the release of Moab Utility/Hosting Suite 4.5.0, a software solution that lets high-performance computing (HPC) organizations provide on-demand computing solutions with little or no change to their computing environments.
Cluster Resources’ new computing solution has already been adopted by several leading hosting organizations including Alexa Internet, a subsidiary of Amazon.com and IBM. This new technology has the architecture to enable most HPC organizations to host their compute resources with its support for multiple and diverse environments. It also frees administrators from the heavy load of enabling utility computing with a large amount of customizable, automated functions. Moab lets organizations guarantee service levels and monitor what resources users are using.
For more information on Moab Utiltiy/Hosting Suite 4.5.0's new features, visit www.clusterresources.com/utilitycomputing. For a free evaluation version of Moab Utility/Hosting Suite, contact a Cluster Resources representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (801) 873-3400.
Cluster Resources announced this month the latest release of TORQUE. TORQUE 2.0.0p7 includes improvements in scalability, usability, and reliability. In addition, the online TORQUE documentation has been updated and the new TORQUE WIKI is also available. Cluster Resources wishes to thank all who contributed to the enhancements, updates and patches.
The new TORQUE patch includes upgrades such as:
-TORQUE.spec now has tcl/gui and wordexp enabled by default
-Enabled multiple dynamic+static generic resources per node
-Changed pbs_mkdirs to use standard var names so that chroot installs work better
“With this release [TORQUE 2.0.0p7], work has begun on TORQUE 2.1.0 with patches already contributed,” said Dave Jackson, Chief Technology Officer of Cluster Resources. “TORQUE continues to grow at a rapid pace. The month of January 2006 set another download record, exceeding the previous record by 12%.”
We recommend all sites upgrade at their convenience as TORQUE 2.0.0p7 includes further stability improvements with broad applicability. For a complete list of enhancements and patches visit www.clusterresources.com/torquechangelog.
Cluster Resources, Inc. announced plans to move its headquarters to a business park in Provo, Utah in April, 2006. The move to Provo will more than double the size of company headquarters.
“This move will allow Cluster Resources to grow in terms of employees, general infrastructure and testing facilities, as well as provide additional capacity to expand in the near future,” said Amber Webb, Communications Manager at Cluster Resources.
Demand for Cluster Resources products more than doubled in 2005, and this move will ensure a long term solution to the company’s growing needs. Changes in contact information for Cluster Resources will be announced just prior to the conclusion of the move.
Classes are a set of credentials that affect job attributes. When a user submits to a class the class imposes conditions and attributes onto the job. Classes may include the following as well as many other attributes:
-Per Job Min/Max Limits
-Resource Access Contraints
-Class Membership Constraints
-Attributes Enabling Class Access to Other Credentials
If a single default class is not adequate, Moab provides more flexible options with the Remap class parameter. If this parameter is set, and a job is submitted to the remap class, Moab attempts to determine the final class to which a job belongs based on the resources requested. If a remap class is specified, Moab will compare the job's requested nodes, processors, memory, and node features with the class's corresponding minimum and maximum resource limits. Classes are searched in the order in which they are defined and when the first match is found, Moab assigns the job to that class.
To learn more about setting remap class parameters, go to www.clusterresources.com/remap. For more information about Moab, e-mail email@example.com or contact a Cluster Resources' representative at +1 (801) 873-3400.
Moab Workload Manager®, Moab Cluster Manager®and Moab Access Portal® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cluster Resources IncorporatedTM.
* TORQUE Resource Manager software developed by NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Veridian Information Solutions, Inc. Visit www.OpenPBS.org for OpenPBS software support, products, and information. TORQUE is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with Altair Grid Solutions, Inc