[torqueusers] Cluster Resources Newsletter - February 2006

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Cluster Resources Newsletter - February 2006
Optimizing your Compute Resources
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http://www.ClusterResources.com/feb06 
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NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS 

1.TERRA SOFT EMPLOYS MOAB IN XSERVE BIONINFORMATICS CLUSTER
2.MOAB UTILITY/HOSTING SUITE 4.5.0
3.TORQUE* 2.0.0p7
4.CLUSTER RESOURCES TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS TO PROVO, UT
5.DID YOU KNOW: RE-MAP CLASS

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TERRA SOFT EMPLOYS MOAB IN XSERVE BIONINFORMATICS CLUSTER

Terra Soft Solutions this month announced the release of 
its Y-Bio Cluster, which bundles Moab Cluster Suite with 
various other applications to provide a user-friendly 
cluster for bioinformaticists. 

The Y-Bio Cluster combines over 100 genomics sequencing 
applications into a single, managed interface. Y-Bio 
Cluster enables bioinformaticists to conduct research 
in the time required to apply power, log-in and upload 
data. No configuration or system administration 
experience is required.

"The Apple G5 Xserve running Y-HPC is an ideal platform 
for genomics research, taking advantage of the 970's 
incredible 32-bit performance and light-weight, flexible 
Linux OS," said Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions. 
"In addition, we have bundled Cluster Resource's Moab, 
an elegant, professional cluster workload management 
solution that does not require the user to be a cluster 
administration expert."

Moab Cluster Suite(R) eliminates the complexity of cluster 
management so users with limited experience can benefit 
from the power of a cluster. Through Moab, Y-Bio Cluster 
users submit and manage workload via the Web interface. Moab 
empowers the cluster administrator to schedule, report and 
monitor jobs; visually track architecture, OS, status and 
CPU utilization; reserve, on-line / off-line connectivity, 
and cycle power nodes through a single desktop Java 
application. Both user and admin tools function with OSX, 
Windows, and Linux desktops with little to no training.

A free evaluation of Moab is available at 
www.clusterresources.com/eval. More information about Moab 
Cluster Suite can be found at www.clusterresources.com/moab. 
More information on the Y-Bio cluster is available at 
http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/y-bio/. 


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MOAB UTILITY/HOSTING SUITE 4.5.0

Cluster Resources announced today the release of Moab 
Utility/Hosting Suite 4.5.0, a software solution that lets 
high-performance computing (HPC) organizations provide 
on-demand computing solutions with little or no change to 
their computing environments. 

Cluster Resources' new computing solution has already been 
adopted by several leading hosting organizations including 
Alexa Internet, a subsidiary of Amazon.com and IBM. This new 
technology has the architecture to enable most HPC organizations 
to host their compute resources with its support for multiple 
and diverse environments. It also frees administrators from 
the heavy load of enabling utility computing with a large 
amount of customizable, automated functions. Moab lets 
organizations guarantee service levels and monitor what 
resources users are using.

For more information on Moab Utiltiy/Hosting Suite 4.5.0's 
new features, visit www.clusterresources.com/utilitycomputing. 
For a free evaluation version of Moab Utility/Hosting Suite, 
contact a Cluster Resources representative at 
info at clusterresources.com or +1 (801) 873-3400.


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TORQUE* 2.0.0p7

Cluster Resources announced this month the latest release 
of TORQUE. TORQUE 2.0.0p7 includes improvements in 
scalability, usability, and reliability. In addition, the 
online TORQUE documentation has been updated and the new 
TORQUE WIKI is also available. Cluster Resources wishes to 
thank all who contributed to the enhancements, updates and 
patches.

The new TORQUE patch includes upgrades such as:

-TORQUE.spec now has tcl/gui and wordexp enabled by default
-Enabled multiple dynamic+static generic resources per node
-Changed pbs_mkdirs to use standard var names so that chroot 
installs work better 

"With this release [TORQUE 2.0.0p7], work has begun on TORQUE 
2.1.0 with patches already contributed," said Dave Jackson, 
Chief Technology Officer of Cluster Resources. "TORQUE 
continues to grow at a rapid pace. The month of January 2006 
set another download record, exceeding the previous record 
by 12%."

We recommend all sites upgrade at their convenience as 
TORQUE 2.0.0p7 includes further stability improvements 
with broad applicability. For a complete list of 
enhancements and patches visit 
www.clusterresources.com/torquechangelog 


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CLUSTER RESOURCES TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS TO PROVO, UT

Cluster Resources, Inc. announced plans to move its 
headquarters to a business park in Provo, Utah in April, 2006. 
The move to Provo will more than double the size of company 
headquarters.

"This move will allow Cluster Resources to grow in terms 
of employees, general infrastructure and testing facilities, 
as well as provide additional capacity to expand in the near 
future," said Amber Webb, Communications Manager at Cluster 
Resources.

Demand for Cluster Resources products more than doubled 
in 2005, and this move will ensure a long term solution 
to the company's growing needs. Changes in contact 
information for Cluster Resources will be announced just 
prior to the conclusion of the move.

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DID YOU KNOW: REMAP CLASS

Classes are a set of credentials that affect job attributes. 
When a user submits to a class the class imposes conditions 
and attributes onto the job. Classes may include the 
following as well as many other attributes:

Job Defaults
Per Job Min/Max Limits
Resource Access Contraints
Class Membership Constraints
Attributes Enabling Class Access to Other Credentials

If a single default class is not adequate, Moab provides 
more flexible options with the Remap class parameter. If 
this parameter is set, and a job is submitted to the remap 
class, Moab attempts to determine the final class to which 
a job belongs based on the resources requested. If a remap 
class is specified, Moab will compare the job's requested 
nodes, processors, memory, and node features with the class's 
corresponding minimum and maximum resource limits. Classes 
are searched in the order in which they are defined and when 
the first match is found, Moab assigns the job to that class. 

To learn more about setting remap class parameters, go to 
www.clusterresources.com/remap. For more information about 
Moab, e-mail info at clusterresources.com or contact a Cluster 
Resources' representative 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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