[Beowulf] Please help to setup Beowulf
bill at cse.ucdavis.edu
Thu Feb 19 13:28:29 PST 2009
Bill Rankin wrote:
>> The fact that I
>> never met a serious PBS shop that had not made local custom changes to
>> the source code also soured me on deploying it when I was putting such
>> things into conservative IT shops who were still new and fearful of
> One thing to note on Chris's review is that the PBS he is referring to
> is effectively OpenPBS. PBS Pro from Altair is a different product
> entirely (forked from OpenPBS many years and feature sets ago). One
> important item is that PBS Pro support job arrays very nicely.
While true, I ran openpbs and pbs pro (via a free to .edu program) and they
were both terrible. I talked to other users, support forums, and related and
found many with the same story. Instead of playing the apply random patch
from 3rd parties game I switched batch queues.
Granted this was 5+ years ago, I assume things are better now, and have heard
quite a few good things about torque lately. SGE does seem the default for
many small/medium clusters these days (and is the Rocks default) but does make
some things strangely hard, usually with a work around though. In particular
I find the lack of a straight forward way to handle requesting nodes and
processors per node strange.
More information about the Beowulf