[Beowulf] SGI to offer Windows on clusters

Fred L Youhanaie fly at anydata.co.uk
Thu Apr 12 10:46:02 PDT 2007

Hi Rich,

Have a look at the following links



Rich Altmaier wrote:
> Here is a proactive suggestion for keeping open source
> ahead of Microsoft CCS:
> 1. I think CCS will appeal to small shops with no prior cluster
>    and no admin capability beyond a part time windows person.
> 2. such customers are the volume seats for a range of desktop
>    CAD/CAE tools.
> 3. Such ISVs will see potential of license growth, and will
>    likely choose to tie-in to the Microsoft message of ease-of-use.
>    A big feature here, in my view, is the one-button-job-launch.
> This means, for Linux to have a position as the backend
> compute cluster, we must have this one button job launch
> capability.  A Windows library must be available to
> the ISV, to provide a job submission API  to the batch
> scheduler.  With such a feature, the ISVs can be
> persued to incoporate.
> Ideally the job submission API is a kind of standard, so
> the ISV does not see duplicate work versus the batch scheduler
> used.
> So,
> a) we need a job submission API, and
> b) we need the Windows library added to Linux batch schedulers.
>    (I'm not saying the scheduler runs on Windows, we just need
>    the submission/retrieve portion).
> Does such exist already?
> Thanks, Rich
> Rich Altmaier, SGI
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