[Beowulf] Web interfaces for yer cluster.

Thomas H Dr Pierce TPierce at rohmhaas.com
Fri Oct 26 13:36:06 PDT 2007


Nathan,

You may be looking for this:

https://developer.nanohub.org/projects/rappture/

It is what the http://nanohub.org uses to create web guis for submitting 
jobs to remote clusters and grids. 

Accessible from web browser
how it works
  finds virtual machine in cluster
  Uses VNC for graphics - seems to work with windows...
  Can go to teragrid, National Grid 
  http://rappture.org to automatically create GUI for web access
  XML input and "saves" output result set in XML so results are 
reproducible

------
Sincerely,

   Tom Pierce
 



"Robert G. Brown" <rgb at phy.duke.edu> 
Sent by: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org
10/26/2007 11:52 AM


To
Nathan Moore <ntmoore at gmail.com>
cc
"beowulf at beowulf.org" <Beowulf at beowulf.org>
Subject
Re: [Beowulf] Web interfaces for yer cluster.






On Fri, 26 Oct 2007, Nathan Moore wrote:

> As I recall, the AHPCRC (in Minneapolis) had one of these "submit via 
web
> gui" systems up and running in the mid-late 90's.  As I was on site, I 
never
> had training on the system, but I remember there being buttons to 
replicate
> almost the entire shell.
>
> I never heard their motivation for developing the system.  Other list
> members (Richard Walsh?) might have better memory of the system.

The ATLAS project also had such and interface, and I believe still does.
I want to say that it was a part of that set of grid tools whose name I
can never remember -- Globus?

It may be just what you are looking for if your cluster is very
grid-like in that it primarily runs lots of independent EP tasks.

Look at www.globus.org.  In fact, look at:

http://www.globus.org/grid_software/computation/gram.php

which may be if not exactly what you want, at least a framework you can
work with.

    rgb

>
> NT Moore
>
> On 10/26/07, Bill Bryce <bill at platform.com> wrote:
>>
>> In response to the question:
>>
>>> PBS, Cluster Resources, and LSF all have some type of web portal where
>> you > can do some of these things. Of course they are commercial and
>> sometimes
>>> not always the most flexible.
>>
>> Do they expose some sort of API as well?
>>
>> There is the DRMAA api that SGE, PBS and yes even for LSF
>> (http://www.fedstage.com/wiki/FedStage_DRMAA_for_LSF).  That API is 
used
>> to create portals, and other submission/management tools.
>>
>> There is also the HPC Profile Working Group within the OGF that is
>> moving forward with other interesting projects such as HPCP (High
>> Performance Computing Profile), BES (Basic Execution Service), and JSDL
>> (Job Submission Description Language) this all ties into OGSA (they 
will
>> be demonstrating this stuff at SC07) a BES implementation is available
>> at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bespp/
>>
>> DRMAA has been around longer and is now supported by all major batch
>> systems, the OGF stuff is pretty new - but interesting.
>>
>> Bill.
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org]
>> On Behalf Of Kozin, I (Igor)
>> Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 7:31 AM
>> To: Mark Hahn; Jeffrey B. Layton
>> Cc: Beowulf List
>> Subject: RE: [Beowulf] Web interfaces for yer cluster.
>>
>>
>>> really?  is it that the can't scrape up enough unix-able people
>>> to keep their clusters busy?  (I would want to know why - for
>> instance,
>>> do they build clusters that are too small to be interesting, or
>> somehow
>>> hard to use?  note that it doesn't take much *nix literacy at all to
>>> get along great - mainly it's an issue of whether the user is offended
>>> by anything non-mouse-driven.)
>>
>> The idea behind this strategy is that if you make your HPC centre
>> accessible to a large and diverse user community you will be less
>> susceptible to (minor) problems in your financial support stream since
>> you broaden up your options.
>>
>>> there have been many systems which aim to reduce real apps to basic
>>> <button>compute!</button> interface.  I've never quite understood why
>>> they're so seductive, since that level of automation is mainly
>> justified
>>> if you really do wind up pressing the button very frequently.
>>
>> There are a number of scientific applications with rather well 
developed
>> GUIs which are really useful and portable. The next obvious thing to do
>> is to integrate somehow the GUI with a job manager. I'm not talking 
here
>> about interactive steering where such a link is vital. I'm talking 
about
>> an interface where you compose your job, submit it and view the result,
>> and I'm not sure whether a web interface is ideal for this. Some have
>> done this already, others are still thinking but it would be still 
worth
>> the effort to come up with a common API for such programs to use.
>>
>>> PBS, Cluster Resources, and LSF all have some type of web portal where
>> you > can do some of these things. Of course they are commercial and
>> sometimes
>>> not always the most flexible.
>>
>> Do they expose some sort of API as well?
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> Beowulf mailing list, Beowulf at beowulf.org
>> To change your subscription (digest mode or unsubscribe) visit
>> http://www.beowulf.org/mailman/listinfo/beowulf
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> Beowulf mailing list, Beowulf at beowulf.org
>> To change your subscription (digest mode or unsubscribe) visit
>> http://www.beowulf.org/mailman/listinfo/beowulf
>>
>
>
>
>

-- 
Robert G. Brown
Duke University Dept. of Physics, Box 90305
Durham, N.C. 27708-0305
Phone(cell): 1-919-280-8443
Web: http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb
Lulu Bookstore: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=877977
_______________________________________________
Beowulf mailing list, Beowulf at beowulf.org
To change your subscription (digest mode or unsubscribe) visit 
http://www.beowulf.org/mailman/listinfo/beowulf

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: http://www.scyld.com/pipermail/beowulf/attachments/20071026/4c91a403/attachment.html


More information about the Beowulf mailing list