Newsletter - January 2006
OPTIMIZING YOUR COMPUTE RESOURCES
NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Cluster Resources will host a week of free VNC/Teleconference-based training sessions February 21-24. Twice during the week, Cluster Resources will hold two-day training sessions to discuss HPC challenges and solutions. The finalized schedule is available on the Web site here. This site also provides information on how to participate in February's training.
Each class is limited to 20 organizations and each organization may allow as many people as desired to attend. Attendees are not obligated to attend an entire two-day session, but may pick and choose the sub-sessions they are interested in attending. First preference will be given to paying customers and partners, but we expect to have available space for evaluating organizations as well.
The last training session Cluster Resources hosted in August 2005 was completely filled, so please reply promptly to request your spot.
Amazon.com, through its subsidiary Alexa, announced Monday, Dec. 12 the availability of their Alexa Web Search Platform (http://www.alexa.com). The new service provides public access to a collection of more than 300 terabytes of data collected by Alexa’s Web crawl, essentially three copies of the relevant Internet. At the core of this service is Cluster Resources’ Moab Utility/Hosting Suite software which enables Alexa’s dynamic creation of personalized cluster environments for each individual search request.
The Alexa service leverages Moab Technologies to create a customized Web-based interface that lets users submit requests and monitor their accounts. When a customer accesses the Alexa Web Search Platform, Moab sets up a customized Virtual Private Cluster (VPC) — a complete computing environment of all needed hardware, network, storage, security, accounting information, etc. The VPC is unique because unlike traditional methods which take hours to days to set up a customized cluster environment, Moab can set up a VPC almost instantaneously, allowing customers to get their work done quicker.
Moab Utility/Hosting Suite is a full solution that enables utility computing in HPC environments, including instantaneous provisioning through its VPC, scheduling, accounting/billing, security, etc. For more information on the Moab Utility/Hosting Suite visit here. To read more about Alexa's deployment of Moab, visit here.
Cluster Resources this month announced the release of Maui 3.4.6p14. The new patch includes contributions made by the user community.
- Integrated with latest MCom library
- Added support for S3 node features, opaque attributes, multi-req task groups
- Added support for TORQUE/PBS disk space reporting (Poland)
- Added support for per/task disk consumption in TORQUE/PBS (Poland)
Cluster Resources wishes to thank all who contribute to making Maui a better open source solution. To download the latest version of Maui, visit here.
When a job runs on a remote cluster, it usually produces two files as a byproduct: a "standard out" and a "standard error" file. When Moab is set up in data staging mode, implicit data staging will automatically copy the files back to the node where the job was submitted so users or administrators don't have to do so manually.
Moab also gives users the option to retrieve the rest of the files created by a job manually through explicit data staging which allows users special control over which files are staged back. Implicit and explicit data staging give users ease of use while increasing their control to retrieve files.
To learn more about data staging, contact a Cluster Resources representative at email@example.com or by phone 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