[Beowulf] Gentoo for Science and Engineering

Andrew Wang andrewxwang at yahoo.com.tw
Sat Feb 7 09:19:21 EST 2004


--- "Andrew M.A. Cater" 的訊息:  
> Certainly the price per node that Altair are quoting
> has apparently 
> dropped significantly - though their salesmen are
> still persistent :)

Both LSF and PBSPro dropped their price significantly.
LSF used to be US $1000 per CPU is now $50, and PBSPro
used to be a few hundred dollars, and now lower than
$30.

SGE (GridEngine) 6.0 has a lot of new enchancements
and the SGE mailing lists are very popular; and SPBS
is gaining a lot of OpenPBS users' acceptance; and
Condor is adding another set of new features and then
opensource in the next few months.

See if LSF and PBSPro are going to drop their price
again in the very near future.

BTW, it is just like Linux vs M$, at the beginning,
Linux wasn't there, and M$ could charge as much as it
wanted, and then Linux slowly came, and M$ found it
harder and harder to compete with Linux.

Linux won't kill M$, and SGE/SPBS/Condor won't kill
LSF or PBSPro, not in this few years. The only thing
we will see, however, is the lower cost, more
features, and better support by Platform Computing
(LSF) and Altair (PBSPro) in order to fight back, so
users win.

Andrew.

> The academic community and the active users forked
> OpenPBS to create 
> Scalable PBS [SPBS] which is the name most widely
> known.  They've added
> patches, fixes and features, though there is still
> an Altair licence for 
> OpenPBS in there.  In the last couple of months,
> SPBS changed its name
> initially to StORM and then to Torque.
> 
> HTH other relative newbies who may be confused by
> trying to find the 
> product :)
> 
> Andy
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