FOLLOWUP: Re: Platform adopts DRMAA?
hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Fri Apr 4 10:23:03 EST 2003
I'm rather puzzled at this exchange: why would anyone care?
from the quick look I had at the drmaa stuff, it seemed quite
trivial. if I was writing a tool that needed to interact with
a queueing system, I'd just have an encapsulation layer anyway,
so wouldn't care about exact interfaces.
this is one of those nasty (and ultimately useless)
lowest-common-denominator types of interfaces,
and seems to be driven by marketing weasels.
> I have to confess that I did not get the information
> directly form Platform.
> I have been looking for the forum post which mentioned
> that Platform's NPi is dead, and Platform is joining
> DRMAA. I still couldn't find it.
> Nevertheless, I just found that Platform is a member
> of GGF:
> which defines DRMAA:
> So that made the original poster on the forum believed
> that Platform is joining DRMAA.
> Do you know why Platform discarded NPi?
> (Looks like another M$ API standard!)
> --- Jim Meyer <purp at acm.org> wrote:
> > Failing any response from the original poster, I
> > made a few phone calls
> > and determined that while Platform did indeed
> > discard NPi, they have not
> > announced any effort to support DRMAA (nor did the
> > couple of folks I
> > spoke with know of any such effort under
> > consideration).
> > Perhaps that's a shame as it'd be nice to be able to
> > integrate with one
> > interface and have a selection of DRM packages to
> > choose from ... but
> > then, I suspect that an easy bidirectional migration
> > path doesn't top
> > the list of any software vendor, proprietary or
> > otherwise.
> > A pity, that.
> > Cheers!
> > --j, with salt shaker in hand.
> > --
> > Jim Meyer, Geek at Large
> > purp at acm.org
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