Newsletter - July 2006
OPTIMIZING YOUR COMPUTE RESOURCES
NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Terascale Open-source Resource and QUEue manager, more commonly known as *TORQUE, has averaged around 10,000 downloads per month for the past five months.
TORQUE is maintained and commercially supported by Cluster Resources, Inc.TM, and includes contributions from NCSA, OSC, USC, U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia, PNNL, U of Buffalo, Teragrid and many other HPC institutions. TORQUE offers improved usability and scalability over previous derivatives, and has continued to grow based on the value it provides at the price of $0.00.
“The growth in functionality and popularity of TORQUE is a great testament to the vigor of the community,” said David Jackson, CEO of Cluster Resources. “We are pleased to be part of TORQUE's success, and we look forward to continuing this same path.”
After nearly six months of development, Moab Cluster Suite® 4.5.2 will soon be released in beta. Cluster Resources projects that a full-production version of 4.5.2 will be available a few month after the beta release.
Three of the many enhancements to the new version are hierarchical fairshare trees, the ability to dynamically grow and shrink a job and command line logging. The hierarchical fairshare trees will allow administrators to form arbitrary groups of users or accounts and allocate an arbitrary percentage of cluster usage to each group. This increased ability to divide workload allocation will result in greater flexibility in running jobs.
Moab's enhanced ability to dynamically grow and shrink a job will conserve resources over time as a job requests to use more or fewer nodes. For example, previously, if a job needed four nodes when it started, and two hours later it needed eight nodes, all eight nodes had to be allocated to that job for the entire duration of the job. Now, however, Moab can dynamically change how many nodes a job uses over time. This means the other four nodes that were wasted at the beginning of our example job could be used for another job for those two hours.
The command line logging feature tracks when commands are entered to Moab and who entered them. This will be particularly useful on systems with multiple administrators who all enter commands. Moab will automatically track who did what and when they did it.
Check here over the next few month to find more information on Moab 4.5.2 beta.
Cluster Resources' president, Michael Jackson, attended the International Supercomputer Conference in Dresden, Germany at the end of June. During that trip he visited the United Kingdom to evaluate possible sites for Cluster Resources' announced UK office (Press Release). After narrowing down the options, the selected site is the Cambridge Science Park Innovation Centre, located about one mile north of the Cambridge City Centre.
“The rich history of the area combined with the high-technology focus of the facilities make the Cambridge Science Park an ideal location for our expansion,” Jackson said. “The new European base of operations will allow us to help more customers around the world during their business hours as we continue to develop the functionality and value Moab adds to their systems.”
Cluster Resources plans to open the UK office in September or October. The exact date has yet to be determined.
If you have questions about TORQUE, Moab or cluster administration in general, training on those subjects that normally costs $210 per hour is available for free at your own convenience. In February, 2006, Cluster Resources offered two days of free training via online demonstrations and phone conference. Cluster Resources recorded the training sessions which include Power Point slides and walk-through demonstrations. The recorded sessions are available for viewing in Flash format, and the Power Point presentations are available for download here.
The training consists of nine sessions addressing cluster overview, deployment, diagnostics and troubleshooting, optimization and uptime, end users, political sharing and service delivery, reporting and monitoring, grid computing, utility/host computing, and TORQUE resource manager. The majority of the training focuses on how Moab facilitates and automates certain aspects of cluster administration. A time-coded index is available to aid in finding desired training materials.
Whether you already have TORQUE or Moab and want a refresher on key concepts, or have neither and want to investigate their capabilities, these videos are valuable resources. If you have other questions that are not addressed in the training videos, documentation can be found here, or contact us at email@example.com.
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* 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.