[torqueusers] Cluster Resources Newsletter - October 2005

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Cluster Resources Newsletter - October 2005
Optimizing your Compute Resources
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www.ClusterResources.com 
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NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS 

1.  NEW RELEASE: MOAB CLUSTER SUITE 4.2.2
2.  TORQUE NOW COMPATIBLE WITH MAC OS X TIGER
3.  NEW WEB SITE FEATURES
4.  SCl05 PLANNING AND ACTIVITIES
5.  DID YOU KNOW: EVALUATING MOAB

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NEW RELEASE: MOAB CLUSTER SUITE® 4.2.2

Cluster Resources, Inc.TM today announced the release of Moab Cluster
Suite® 
4.2.2, a cluster management solution that integrates scheduling,
monitoring 
and reporting of cluster workloads, which increases organizations'
return on 
HPC hardware and software investments. 

Moab 4.2.2's new expanded capabilities simplify clusters for end users,
grant 
administrators greater control of cluster workload and resources, and
increase 
utilization through advanced scheduling features. Moab helps
organizations get 
more performance and ease-of-use from their clusters than ever before.

End users can now manage their jobs easier with Moab 4.2.2's new
features 
including basic and advanced job submission, job templates and
integrated 
documentation. These new features are designed to reduce training time
for 
administrators and help both novice and advanced end users control
their jobs 
with ease.

Moab 4.2.2 includes significant advancements in its scheduling
capabilities, 
including scheduling of arbitrary resources (e.g. operating systems,
DVD drives, 
networks, etc.) and multi-cluster scheduling. With Moab, organizations
schedule 
cluster resources more efficiently and improve resource utilization.

To empower administrators and decrease workload, Moab 4.2.2. includes
capabilities 
like triggers, which can be easily created through an administrator
interface.  
Triggers can be set to perform any policy or task based on any
specified event, 
such as canceling a reservation if it is not used after 20 minutes from
its start 
time. With the limitless possibilities triggers provide, administrators
can now 
quickly accomplish manual tasks, decrease downtime and improve cluster
availability 
for end users.

"As organizations use Moab Cluster Suite, our goal is for them to
reach the highest 
potential their clusters can offer," said David Jackson, CTO of
Cluster Resources. 
"We offer an inexpensive solution to increase cluster efficiency as
we make clusters 
more easy to use for everyone."

Cluster Resources invites the community to try A free Moab Cluster
Suite 4.2.2 
evaluation at www.clusterresources.com/eval3, which can be used on a
personal 
cluster or on Cluster Resources' test cluster. Cluster Resources
welcomes any 
comments on products from the community. Current customers may download
Moab 4.2.2 
at www.clusterresources.com/mcsdownload. Product and pricing inquiries
can be 
directed to info at clusterresources.com or by phone at +1 (801)
873-3400.

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TORQUE* NOW COMPATIBLE WITH MAC OS X TIGER

TORQUE Resource Manager is now compatible with Mac OS X Tiger, making
it more 
convenient and applicable for the open source community.  A member of
the TORQUE 
user list reported earlier this month he was able to successfully
download and 
use TORQUE on his Mac OS X Tiger environment. TORQUE, which is based on
the 
original OpenPBS project is also compatible with Linux and Unix
operating systems. 

To learn how to apply TORQUE on a Mac OS X Tiger operating system,
visit the user 
list archives at
www.supercluster.org/pipermail/torqueusers/2005-October/002246.html.

To download TORQUE, go to www.clusterresources.com/torque.

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NEW WEB SITE FEATURES

Cluster Resources released a newly designed Web site earlier this
month. Aside 
from the Web site's new look, it now includes features to better assist
visitors, 
including a new customer download page, a newsletter archive, a larger
list of 
third party products, and a customer support ticket system. 

"The new Web site will help visitors find what they are looking for
with ease," 
said Michael Jackson, VP of business development. "We want visitors
to feel 
welcome as they look for resources to help them with their
high-performance 
computing needs."

Visit www.clusterresources.com to view the Web site's new design and
browse 
through new features. If there are any features you would like to see
added to 
Cluster Resources' Web site, please e-mail info at clusterresources.com.

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SCl05 PLANNING AND ACTIVITIES

Cluster Resources will present Cluster, Grid and Hosting solutions at
Supercomputing 
2005 to visitors at its booth - 2036.  Demonstrations presented by
Cluster Resources' 
technical team will discuss how to optimize clusters and improve
performance of HPC 
resources.  They will demonstrate how to create a high performance grid
in 60 seconds 
that is easy to use and improves sharing and collaboration. 

Cluster Resources will also exhibit how hosted resources can seamlessly
and instantly 
be added to a cluster. This can offset surges in computational needs,
guarantee 
service levels, provide access to unique but rarely used resources, and
host excess 
capacity, software and services to share costs or increase profits.  

Come visit Cluster Resources' booth 2036 to listen to any of these
demonstrations, 
as well as ask questions about how Cluster Resources' software can help
your 
organization, or tell us what capabilities or services you want added
in the future.

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DID YOU KNOW: EVALUATING MOAB

For organizations that are interested in evaluating Moab Cluster Suite
4.2.2's 
new features, Cluster Resources provides several options for testing
Moab software.  

-Users may connect to the Online Demonstration Cluster to make real
changes and 
see real results produced on a live cluster.  From their desktop, users
can manage 
jobs, change settings and create reports to understand how the software
would work 
on their own clusters.

-Users can also test Moab evaluation software on their own cluster in
Monitor mode.  
In Monitor mode, Moab will initialize, contact the resource manager and
conduct 
scheduling cycles exactly as it would normally, but its ability to
actually impact 
the system is disabled.  Users can fully test Moab in this disabled
state, creating 
reservations, prioritizing jobs and enforcing policies, without the
potential for 
cluster downtime or other complications.  Moab will report the results
it would produce 
if the cluster were running on its software so users can see the actual
impact it can 
make. Moab can even be run in Monitor mode while an older version of
Moab is managing 
a cluster so organizations can test the compatibility of new Moab
versions.

To evaluate Moab using one of these two capabilities, visit   
www.clusterresources.com/eval3 and click download evaluation on the
bottom of the page.  
Users who already have Moab can learn how to run it in Monitor Mode at

www.clusterresources.com/monitor.
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Contact Us: 
Product Feedback, Technical Support, Consulting and Custom Development
queries can 
be sent to info at clusterresources.com or call us 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. 


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