[Beowulf] Re: doubt about job queuing systems

Heiner Grill H.Grill at science-computing.de
Mon Apr 20 05:23:41 EDT 2009


Hello,


do you know that there is an open source, entry level version of LSF 
available named Lava from

http://www.hpccommunity.org/index.php?pageid=lava

This might be helpful if you want to test without buying LSF licenses.

Best regards,


Heiner

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> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 21:07:48 +0800
> From: "Jin, Yao" <jinyao at ymail.com>
> Subject: [Beowulf] doubt about job queuing systems
> To: beowulf at beowulf.org
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> Dear all,
>
> We've just bought a program named  CST <http://www.cst.de> Microwave Studio
> 2009(CST MWS)
> Engineer from CST says their program could be scheduled by Platform LSF. Our
> cluster is built with Rockscluster, only torque or SGE is avaiable. We
> cannot affort LSF as it is too expensive.
>
> Engineer from Dell(vendor of our cluster) says torque, SGE and LSF have just
> the same functionality, what makes difference is stability, schedule
> algorithm and price.
>
> We don't have LSF in hand, and engineer from CST refuses to demostrate
> running CST MWS with LSF.(They says they don't have LSF either, the test is
> carried on other customer's cluster.)
>
> CST MWS is traditionally a program run on a single PC.  Version 2009 is the
> first release with MPI parallell code. It uses a modified MPI Library.
>
> Even console execution would start GUI interface. If no X server is found,
> it would redirect graphical output to *Xvfb*(a virtual X11 server that
> performs all graphical operations in memory)
>
> When I argue that many other computational electromagnetics programs such as
> FEKO <http://www.feko.info> can run in batch mode without any X output and
> can be sheduled directly by external job queueing system, engineer from CST
> declares that kind of  program not starting a GUI is old-fashioned...
>
> Are they telling the truth, or just lying?
>
>
> Best Regards,
> Jin, Yao
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