[GE users] new approach to FLEXlm license integration - The "Olesen Method" - code & draft docs available

Chris Dagdigian dag at sonsorol.org
Thu Nov 17 00:52:18 GMT 2005

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In a post to the Grid Engine users list, Mark Olesen proposed a novel  
approach to FlexLM license integration on Grid Engine managed clusters.

He offered to provide code that implemented his ideas with the caveat  
that he would be completely unable to provide support or end-user  
assistance. Since I had already written one of the FlexLM integration  
HOWTO's and have a personal interest in application integration  
issues I volunteered to try to support Mark's code if it meant that  
he would be able to release it to the general user community.  
Hopefully I'm up to the task!

I've been playing with versions of his work for several weeks now and  
it is very cool, very useful and very well written. Within the last  
week, Mark has finalized his code and selected a Creative Commons  
license. Over the last two evenings I've been working on a GridWiki  
entry documenting the basic installation, configuration and  

The first draft (along with a downloadable tarball!) is now ready for  
public review at this URL: http://gridengine.info/wiki/index.php/ 

Obviously, Mark Olesen needs to be acknowledged for proposing his  
ideas and backing them up with well-written code. I'd also like to  
specifically thank the fine people at Schrödinger for providing  
access to some of their FLEXlm licensed software. Schrödinger's  
valuable contribution made it possible for me to test, evaluate and  
write about FLEXlm on Grid Engine managed systems. Thanks!


[1] Mark's original post, http://gridengine.sunsource.net/servlets/ 
[2] My "traditional" HowTO on FLEXlm integration, http://bioteam.net/ 
[3] The Wiki entry documenting the "Olesen Method", http:// 
[4] Mark's code, http://gridengine.info/misc/qlicserver-1.14.1.tar.gz
[5] The gridengine.info blog post that says the same thing as this  
email, http://gridengine.info/articles/2005/11/16/flexlm-license- 

SGE project admins:  Feel free to add the qlicserver-1.14.1.tar.gz  
tarball to the file download area.

Feedback appreciated


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