[Mauiusers] Cluster Resources October 2008 Newsletter

Steffanie Martz smartz at clusterresources.com
Fri Oct 31 14:17:26 MDT 2008

Newsletter – October 2008



1. Events
2. Beta Testers needed for Moab 5.3
3. TORQUE Admin Manual Now Available for PDF Download
4. Did You Know: Preemption
5. Online Training Sessions
6. FAQs

1. Events

-- SEG'08
Cluster Resources will join Fusion and Microsoft in Booth 1606 at SEG’08 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, November 9-14, 2008.

Cluster Resources will make a joint presentation with PCPC Direct in HP's booth (No. 729) titled “Accelerate: Design, Build, Manage” on Monday, November 10, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

-- HP Cast
Cluster Resources will be part of the Job and Resource Scheduling Tutorial(D2) at HP Cast on November 14 at the Radisson Hotel in Austin, Texas.  For more information or to register, visit http://www.hp-cast.org.

-- SC’08
Visit the Cluster Resources booth, No. 623, at Supercomputing! SC08 will be November 17-21 in Austin, Texas, at the Austin Convention Center. Stop by our booth to hear a presentation, see a live demo, learn about Moab Cluster Suite, Moab Grid Suite, Moab Hybrid Cluster Solution, Moab Cloud Computing Solution, Moab Green Computing Solution, TORQUE, and more from the developers of the software. Pick up a free T-shirt and enter to win a mountain bike!

Look for us at many of our partner booths and presentations, including:

Clustercorp – Booth 215
HP – Booth 1518
IBM – Booth 522
Microsoft – Booth 1309
Panasas – Booth 1721
*Check with each partner for specific dates and times.


Dave Jackson, founder and CTO of Cluster Resources, will be part of the HP BoF titled “Next Generation Workload Management for Cloud Computing and Scale-Out Environments” on Tuesday, November 18, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Room 15 of the Austin Convention Center.

Michael Jackson, president and CEO of Cluster Resources, will make an exhibitor forum presentation titled “Moab-Managed Clusters: Intelligently Control System Behavior, Speed Workload Processing, and Reduce Power Usage” on Thursday, November 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 12A/12B of the Austin Convention Center.


2. Call for Beta Testers for Moab 5.3

Cluster Resources is seeking beta testers for Moab 5.3.  This version includes an integrated database for Moab statistics. If you are interested in beta testing the next version of Moab, it is now available for download at http://clusterresources.com/product/mwm/.


3. TORQUE Admin Manual Now Available for PDF Download

A PDF version of the TORQUE Admin Manual is now available for download online at:


The PDF manual is available to all registered users; non-registered users will continue to have access to the online version of the TORQUE Admin Manual as usual. Registration is free. To register, go to http://clusterresources.com/myAccount/register.php. If you have already registered, you will have access to this document and do not need to reregister.

Registered users will also have access to special online TORQUE training sessions, videos, and other resources to be made available in the coming months.


4. Did You Know: Preemption

While it may be critical that some jobs submitted obtain resources immediately, other jobs are less time sensitive but consume large amounts of compute resources. Moab has the ability to run low-priority, preemptable jobs whenever something more pressing is not running. When a job is preempted, it can either be canceled, re-queued, suspended, or check pointed.

Preemption can be enabled in three ways: by manual intervention, through QoS-based configuration, or through the use of the preemption-based backfill algorithm.

For information on specific commands used to preempt jobs, go to:


5. Online Training Sessions

Cluster Resources provides live interactive demonstrations to show how easy it is to evaluate Moab. These demonstrations go into detail about the tools that make the evaluation simple and effective. 

Part 1 of the training covers the use of Moab in a cluster environment, as well as the following areas: Moab architecture, installation, diagnostics and troubleshooting, admin tools, end user tools, and testing modes.

Part 2 of the training details Moab in a grid environment, including information on grid autonomy, credential remapping, and other grid-specific capabilities.

Part 1: Clusters
U.S. Time Zones
--Wed., November 12, 2008 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern
--Wed., December 10, 2008 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern

Part 2: Grid
U.S. Time Zones
--Thurs., December 11, 2008 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern

If these times do not work for you, please contact us at eval-support at clusterresources.com to schedule a demonstration outside the listed times. EMEA training sessions are added periodically.
To register for training sessions go to: http://clusterresources.com/pages/services/eval-training.php
6. Frequently Asked Questions

Cluster Resources has a Moab Evaluation Product FAQ page located at: http://www.clusterresources.com/pages/resources/faq.php.    

Cluster Resources offers FREE evaluation copies of Moab at http://www.clusterresources.com/eval. This allows you to evaluate Moab's grid and cluster functionality.

During the evaluation period, contact eval-support at clusterresources.com for free evaluation support. 

For more information on Moab Cluster, Grid, or Utility/Hosting Suite, go to http://clusterresources.com/pages/products.php. 

Contact Us:
Send inquiries regarding products, product feedback, technical support, consulting, or custom development to info at clusterresources.com, or phone 
+1 (801) 717-3700.

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