[GE users] Considering SGE vs. Torque

Rayson Ho rayrayson at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 19:23:22 GMT 2006

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Yes, the "queue" concept in SGE 5.3 was a bit different than LSF, but
did you read on cluster queues in SGE6 yet?? And it is correct that
the Torque scheduler is really simple.

SGE is very good at managing compute farm type of workload... For
flexlm integration, refer to:

And you can request for resources for a job with the qsub option "-l",
and enable a machine only at night via the "calender queue". A lot of
the useful information is available at:

Lastly, SGE has the accounting module (e.g. gives you a graph of
jobs/month, #jobs/user, etc) which was not available for free, and now
it is as part of JES. It is similar to LSF analyzer.


On 1/30/06, Leo Butler <leobutler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I've been tasked with recommending a job control/scheduling system for our
> small startup. I'm previously a LSF user so my knowledge/understanding is
> a bit LSF-centric; for instance I have read about how queues differ on SGE,
> but I'm not sure what that means has really sunk in yet.
> At any rate, the needs here are pretty basic and seem to be covered by the
> SGE feature set, but as someone here has previously used PBS there's some
> consideration being paid to its follow-on Torque. I've been reading up on it
> as
> well, and one thing that seems clear is that Torque has a very simplistic
> scheduler
> and at least Maui would be needed on top of Torque but more likely Moab
> would
> be needed which gets us into a supported tool for a price. Not out of the
> question,
> but it's not clear it's a better option than SGE. I'd like to not be
> revisiting the job
> control system a year from now...
> Does anyone have some experience with both programs that can tell me how
> SGE's scheduler compares? What we basically need is:
>  - delay job start until FlexLM says license is available
>  - some resource specification (memory, ncpus, etc)
>  - easy to add desktop workstations to machine pool at night, and method
>    for users to disable this when working late
> Thanks in advance for your insights.
> - Leo

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