[GE users] [ANN] rq-2.3.3
ara.t.howard at noaa.gov
ara.t.howard at noaa.gov
Fri Jun 9 04:06:30 BST 2006
NOTE: hopefully it's ok to post this here. rq fills such a different niche
than sge i assume it is. please contact me offlist if you have feelings
rq (queue | export RQ_Q=q) mode [mode_args]* [options]*
ruby queue (rq) is a zero-admin zero-configuration tool used to create
instant unix clusters. rq requires only a central nfs filesystem in order
to manage a simple sqlite database as a distributed priority work queue.
this simple design allows researchers to install and configure, in only a
few minutes and without root privileges, a robust unix cluster capable of
distributing processes to many nodes - bringing dozens of powerful cpus to
their knees with a single blow. clearly this software should be kept out of
the hands of free radicals, seti enthusiasts, and one mr. j safran.
the central concept of rq is that n nodes work in isolation to pull jobs
from an centrally mounted nfs priority work queue in a synchronized fashion.
the nodes have absolutely no knowledge of each other and all communication
is done via the queue meaning that, so long as the queue is available via
nfs and a single node is running jobs from it, the system will continue to
process jobs. there is no centralized process whatsoever - all nodes work
to take jobs from the queue and run them as fast as possible. this creates
a system which load balances automatically and is robust in face of node
although the rq system is simple in it's design it features powerful
functionality such as priority management, predicate and sql query , compact
streaming command-line processing, programmable api, hot-backup, and
input/capture of the stdin/stdout/stderr io streams of remote jobs. to date
rq has had no reported runtime failures and is in operation at dozens of
research centers around the world.
- fixed bug in updater related to io files (see tmp_stdin in jobqueue.rb)
- [IMPORTANT] removed feature where stdin jobs could contain comments ('#').
input lines are now taken literally __except__ blank lines, which are
- added ability to dump stdin/stdout/stderr for any job
rq q stdout 42
cat jids | rq q stdout -
- added ability to dump stdin/stdout/stderr pathnames for any job
rq q stdout4 42
cat jids | rq q stderr4 -
- rotate was made more robust and tolerates nfs errors to some degree
suffering increases your inner strength. also, the wishing for suffering
makes the suffering disappear.
- h.h. the 14th dali lama
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