[Mauiusers] Cluster Resources Newsletter - January 2006

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Cluster Resources Newsletter - January 2006
Optimizing your Compute Resources
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http://www.ClusterResources.com/jan06 
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NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS 

1.CLUSTER RESOURCES ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY TRAINING SCHEDULE
2.AMAZON.COM'S INTERNET DATA MINING SERVICE DEPLOYED 
WITH MOAB
3.TORQUE* DOCUMENTATION WIKI NOW ONLINE
4.NEW MAUI SNAPSHOT
5.DID YOU KNOW: EXPLICIT AND IMPLICIT DATA STAGING

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CLUSTER RESOURCES ANNOUNCES FEBRURARY TRAINING SCHEDULE 

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 at www.clusterresources.com/freetraining. 
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.

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AMAZON.COM'S INTERNET DATA MINING SERVICE DEPLOYED WITH 
MOAB

Amazon.com, through its subsidiary Alexa, announced 
Monday, Dec. 12 the availability of their Alexa Web 
Search Platform (http://websearch.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 
http://www.clusterresources.com/utilitycomputing. 
To read more about Alexa's deployment of Moab, 
visit www.clusterresources.com/alexa.

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TORQUE* DOCUMENTATION WIKI NOW ONLINE

Documentation for TORQUE Resource Manager is now available 
in Wiki format. With the new Wiki, registered users may 
log on to Cluster Resources' Web site to edit and update 
documentation.

"TORQUE has a strong user community and we are glad to 
increase community ownership and collaboration by 
providing access to users to be able to update the 
documentation directly," said Doug Wightman, senior 
software manager of Cluster Resources. "Cluster Resources 
will certainly continue updates, but we value the 
excellent feedback we receive from the user community 
and wanted to empower users in this way."

Users can access the new TORQUE Wiki documentation at 
www.clusterresources.com/torquewiki. To register as a 
TORQUE Wiki administrator, go to 
http://www.clusterresources.com/torqueregister.

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NEW MAUI PATCH IMPROVES INTEGRATION & COMPATIBILITY

Cluster Resources this month announced the release of 
Maui 3.4.6p14. The new patch includes contributions made 
by the user community.   
New features:

- 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 
http://www.clusterresources.com/maui. 

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DID YOU KNOW: EXPLICIT AND IMPLICIT DATA STAGING

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 info at clusterresources.com 
or by phone at +1 (801) 873-3400.
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Contact Us: 
For additional information about any of the above mentioned 
technologies or for product feedback, technical support, 
consulting and custom development please contact us at 
info at clusterresources.com or call us at +1 (801) 873-3400

Moab Workload Manager®, Moab Cluster Manager® and Monitor®, 
and Moab Access Portal® are trademarks or registered 
trademarks of Cluster Resources IncorporatedTM.

*TORQUE Resource Manager includes 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. 


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