Newsletter - October 2006
OPTIMIZING YOUR COMPUTE RESOURCES
NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Cluster Resources will be in booth #739 at Supercomputing 06. The event will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida on November 13-16. We invite all attending to visit Cluster Resources’ booth where you can ask questions, view live presentations and find out more about Cluster Resources’ products. The live demonstrations and product demos will incorporate features and functionality of all three Cluster Resources’ product suites, Moab Cluster Suite, Moab Grid Suite and Moab Utility/Hosting Suite.
Cluster Resources is providing one of the three available lanyards that hold your pass. So when you
arrive at the exhibit hall, choose the Cluster Resources’ lanyard and show that you are part of the community.
Cluster Resources will also host the TORQUE BOF on Tuesday, Nov.14 from 12:15pm-1:15pm. The BOF will allow you to meet and discuss TORQUE Resource Manager with the professional developers, community volunteers and other members who use and have contributed to the TORQUE project. During the BOF we will discuss the current state of TORQUE including some of the more recent enhancements and capabilities along with a road map for the upcoming year. At this time, TORQUE users can share experiences, best practices and new feature needs.
TORQUE 2.1.6 was released this week adding new functionality and bug fixes. This new release also provides users a recent fix to a security flaw discovered in TORQUE and other potential security issues and bugs found in 2.1.5.
We encourage you to upgrade to 2.1.6 for the latest changes, enhancements and security fixes.
We thank all those for their hard work and dedication in adding to and enhancing TORQUE’s capabilities.
You can download the latest version here.
Cluster Resources has applied many new features enhancements that increase the efficiency and usability of Moab‘s graphical administration tool. Some of these features include the ability to increase Moab Cluster Manager’s log level to see the xml commands Cluster Manager is passing to Workload Manager. The added logging helps to diagnose communication issues between Moab Cluster Manager and Moab Workload Manager.
One of Cluster Manager’s most valuable tools, the Visual Cluster, received some cosmetic changes to incorporate multiple screens and tabs into a single viewable area. Now an administrator can view different attributes nodes have while visually monitoring the status of the nodes.
Statistics received enhancements to allow for better charting and reporting as well as memory inefficiencies. Along with these changes many other small changes and fixes were applied.
To see the changes for yourself, download an updated version from the Cluster Resources Customer Download page at http://www.clusterresources.com/downloads/mcm or download the evaluation copy at http://www.clusterresources.com/eval. If you do not have Moab Workload Manager installed on a cluster of your own, then Cluster Resources provides an online demonstration cluster.
Because managing a cluster is a complex task, Cluster Resources is constantly working on providing better diagnostic tools to aid in monitoring the state of the scheduler, resource managers, and other important components of the cluster software stack. Starting with patch 5 of , Cluster Resources has included a diagnostics script that provides multiple outputs of common and important diagnostic commands, gathers configuration and log files, and records pertinent operating system information. These outputs are a valuable tool in diagnosing issues and can help Cluster Resources support staff provide faster solutions.
The support script, support.diag.pl (located in the tools directory of ’s home directory), compresses all the information in a time-stamped tarball for easy storage and email transmission.
As new patches are released, Cluster Resources will continue adding more functionality to the support script.
For more information on the diagnostic script, see: http://www.clusterresources.com/diagscript
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