[GE users] Comments please: Proposal for JobQueue::GridEngine and JobQueue::ForkingLayer modules

Nikhil Mulley mulleyn at deshaw.com
Tue May 30 17:28:43 BST 2006

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I am eagerly waiting it to be seen on CPAN. Thank you :)

Alex Beamish wrote:
> On 5/30/06, Rayson Ho <rayrayson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Alex,
>> Does the forking layer have any scheduling and/or queueing ability on 
>> its own??
> Good question .. the answer is no, not really.
> The relevant JobQueue method isAcceptingJobs is a boolean function
> that tells whether jobs can be submitted. For the grid engine, this is
> always true, since jobs will be queued and then executed.  For the
> forking layer, I have arbitrarily decided five simulatneous jobs is
> the limit, and after that no more jobs will be accepted -- they won't
> even be queued, although that functionality could be added.
> In my application, candidates are selected from a database; if the
> JobQueue cannot accept any pending jobs, the caller does a sleep
> (essentially, a yield) and tries again later. In the event of a
> shutdown situation, I prefer that any pending jobs are left in the
> database, and not in a queue within the JobQueue module, hence the
> design decision not to implement any queueing.

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