[GE users] LSF vs SGE

Ron Chen ron_chen_123 at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 12 06:10:06 BST 2005


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--- Rayson Ho <raysonho at eseenet.com> wrote:
> You can always download SGE binaries and try to play
> with it. You don't
> need to be root to install SGE (use TCP ports over
> 1024), and you don't
> need a dedicated machine.
> (For less common OS/platforms, you do need to
> compile from source,
> however)
> 
> SGE and LSF are very similar, except:
> - LSF 5.0 or above has a scheduler API, and SGE is
> in the process of
> adding
>   it  (AFAIK, the code is ready, and will be checked
> into cvs after
> SGE6.0u4
>   is released)
> - only the commercial version of SGE offers the
> accounting module. For
> LSF,
>   if you are willing to pay, there are similar
> products.
> - only the commercial version of SGE offers the
> Windows port
> - SGE has more DIY stuff that you can (or you needed
> to) play with, like
>   AFS/Krb. You can even take the SGE source and
> compile under Cygwin to get
> a
>   free version of SGE under Windows.
> 
> In terms of scaling, both SGE and LSF can handle
> clusters with over
> thousands of nodes (Linux has a system bug, so you
> need to use SGE 6.0u4 or
> above to get a workaround). In terms of scheduling,
> there is 1 thing that I
> think can be improved in SGE (issue 35, 1245, and
> friends) - there are
> workarounds, but if we can get it fixed in SGE 6.1,
> it would be nice. In
> terms of security, SGE offers more features, like
> SSL/SSH,
> submit/admin/exec only node. And also, SGE supports
> the BSDs. On the other
> hand, LSF offers SLA in 6.x - I don't think I need
> it, but I don't know
> your setup/requirements so I can't tell.
> 
> Also, in terms of SGE support, this list is good
> enough for many people.
> For more advanced support, I believe you can find
> from:
> 
>
http://www.sun.com/software/gridware/partners/index.xml
> 
> But if the cluster is mission critical, then I would
> choose to get it from
> Sun or from Raytheon (ie. Shannon), as they
> understand the code very well.
> 
> For LSF, commercial support is not an issue (as long
> as you are willing to
> pay, but SGE commercial support is non-free as
> well!).
> 
> Rayson
> 
> 
> >thanx all for your helpful responses.  Looks like 
> I have a lot of 
> >research to do.
> >
>
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