[torqueusers] Cluster Resources Newsletter - September 2005

amber webb awebb at clusterresources.com
Tue Sep 27 08:45:16 MDT 2005


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

1.  MOAB ACCESS PORTAL® SOURCE CODE AVAILABLE
2.  TORQUE* 1.2.0p6 RELEASE
3.  SCl05 PLANNING AND ACTIVITIES
4.  DID YOU KNOW: CONFIGURING MOAB® AS A SERVICE

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MOAB ACCESS PORTAL® SOURCE CODE AVAILABLE

To improve Moab's ease-of-use and expand administrator 
control, Cluster Resources released Moab Access Portal, 
source code to its customers and partners. This new benefit 
lets organizations configure the Access Portal to accommodate 
unique site-specific needs. For example, organizations using 
Moab can now create automated batch submission on the 
Access Portal so end users don't have to learn batch codes, 
which decreases training requirements for administrators.
 
With available source code, organizations can also integrate 
Moab Access Portal with their existing Web portals. End users 
can use the Web portal they are already familiar with and 
organizations can consolidate programs to simplify management.

Moab Access Portal source code is a value add of Moab Cluster 
Suite®, Moab Grid Suite® or a Cluster Resources' support contract. 
Please contact Cluster Resources at (801) 873-3400 to learn more 
about downloading Access Portal source code.

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TORQUE* 1.2.0p6 RELEASE

Cluster Resources, in collaboration with the TORQUE* user 
community, recently released version 1.2.0p6 of TORQUE 
Resource Manager. The newest TORQUE version enables expanded 
MOM configuration and management.

TORQUE 1.2.0p6 enables MOM configuration with features 
contributed by USC and OSC. New features include:
-Improved rapid start-up
-Direct support for external scheduler extensions
-New 'shell-us-arg' patch (OSC)
-File recovery failure messages (USC)

TORQUE 1.2.0p6 also includes a re-worked MOM-server state 
management system. The improved management system lets TORQUE 
perform tasks such as:
-Consolidate node state changes 
-Force a health check script when an update state is forced
-Improve pbsnodes 'offline' management

Cluster Resources wishes to thank all those who continue their 
efforts in contributing to TORQUE Resource Manager. Thanks to 
these contributions, TORQUE has become increasingly stable, 
providing a reliable open source resource manager. Those who 
wish to contribute may join the TORQUE user list at 
http://www.clusterresources.com/mailing.shtml.

TORQUE 1.2.0p6 is now available for download at 
http://www.clusterresources.com/products/torque/. For 
professional support information, visit 
http://www.clusterresources.com/techsupport.shtml.

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SCl05 PLANNING AND ACTIVITIES

EXHIBITOR FORUM

Cluster Resources will present at the SC|05 Exhibitor Forum, 
demonstrating how holistic HPC management will save money, 
increase hardware ROI and ensure 90-99 percent utilization of 
compute resources for clusters, grids and hosting centers.  

Chief Technology Officer Dave Jackson, and VP of Business 
Development Michael Jackson will present the forum entitled 
" Holistic Cluster, Grid and Hosting Center Management with 
Moab® Technologies from Cluster Resources, Inc. "  The forum 
will show how to improve cluster management, increasing 
organizations' return on thier hardware and software investments. 
The forum will also demonstrate how peer-to-peer grids let 
organizations unify their HPC resources in a way that doesn't take 
away from the autonomy and security of their individual clusters. 
This lets organizations save time on capacity planning and 
administrative tasks, streamline user policies and job submission 
methods, and report and chart on all resources collectively and 
individually. 

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. The forum, 
scheduled for November 17, 2:30-3:00 p.m. will also be broadcast over 
the Internet. To see the Exhibitor Forum program, visit 
http://sc05.supercomputing.org/schedule/schedule.php. Guests to the  
SC|05 exhibitor forum may also discuss these and other topics with
Cluster Resources' staff at booth 2036.

EXHIBIT FLOOR GUEST PASSES

Cluster Resources has a large number of SuperComputing 2005 exhibitor 
floor guest passes to distribute. These passes are valid from Monday, 
November 14 to Thursday, November 17. Exhibitor floor passes to the
show 
normally cost $160-$240 and are good for access to the exhibitor floor

for the duration of the show.

If you are interested in reserving one of these free passes or in
finding 
out more information, please e-mail awebb at clusterresources.com with
your 
full name as you want it to appear on the pass and we will send you
more 
information. We will distribute these passes on a first-come,
first-serve 
basis, so please respond quickly.

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DID YOU KNOW: CONFIGURING MOAB AS A SERVICE

Reboots or power failures can be annoyances to organizations, as they 
must restart programs on computers once the nodes are turned back on. 
Moab can be configured to conveniently start services immediately after

a reboot or power failure to save administrators the time it takes to 
restart Moab. This feature saves organizations time and frustration by

ensuring that Moab is configured to start back up when the system is
cycled.

To learn how to configure Moab as a service, visit 
http://www.clusterresources.com/moabdocs423/a.jmoabservice.shtml.

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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

*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.

Moab Workload Manager®, Moab Cluster Manager®, and Moab Access Portal®,

are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cluster Resources
IncorporatedTM.




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