[GE users] Heads-up: Grid Engine 6.2 Beta starting soon

Roger Herikstad roger.herikstad at gmail.com
Tue May 6 14:51:37 BST 2008

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 Out of curiosity, will the new release have better support for
apple's Mac OS X 10.5 server?

~ Roger

On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 9:40 PM, Andy Schwierskott
<andy.schwierskott at sun.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>  please mark your calendars: we are starting the Grid Engine 6.2 Beta on
>  Tuesday next week. We are asking you to reserve time and help us with your
>  active participation and feedback to create a bullet proof SGE 6.2 release.
>  The Beta is your chance to verify if your current SGE environment will work
>  smoothly with SGE 6.2. The Beta runs until 7/4. In the week of 6/16 we plan
>  for a Beta refresh which will include the upgrade procedure from 6.0/6.1.
>  The official announcement and download URL will be sent out next week once
>  we go live.
>  What's new in SGE 6.2
>  ---------------------
>  1. Service Domain Manager
>  2. New in SGE "core" and Accounting and Reporting Console (ARCo)
>  3. Moving SGE documentation set to http://wikis.sun.com
>  1. Service Domain Manager
>  -------------------------
>    - there will be a completely new module added, extending the scope of SGE
>      to a new domain of use cases: The Service Domain Manager (SDM), aka.
>      project Hedeby will allow to dynamically (re-)assign computational
>      resources on demand through configurable SLOs (Service Level
>      Objectives), measured by KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of the
>      managed resource. Through adapters it will be possible to add virtually
>      any type of service, be it for example a SGE cluster, an application
>      server farm, other types of Grid middle ware applications. Manageable
>      resources can be e.g. physical or virtual hosts, software licenses.
>      This release of SDM will support to manage two or more SGE clusters.
>      Futures releases will add more adapters, add support for GreenIT
>      (manage spare pools of resources). An integration with Sun's
>      virtualization stacks is planned.
>  2. New in SGE "core" and Accounting and Reporting console (ARCo)
>  ----------------------------------------------------------------
>    - Scalability improvements - scale up to 63000 cores
>      SGE is operating Sun's HPC cluster at Texas Advanced Compute Center
>      (TACC) with almost 4000 physical hosts. The improvements already partly
>      in production at TACC will now be made generally available:
>       - improved qmaster-execd protocol
>       - scheduler running as a thread in qmaster (faster communication
>         between qmaster and scheduler threads)
>       - improved resource matching in scheduler
>       - faster qmaster startup
>       - reduced memory requirements for big clusters
>      Benefit:
>       - deployment of SGE in bigger clusters
>       - better resource utilization and job throughput in challenging
>         environments
>    - Advance Reservation (AR)
>       - specified resources (e.g. machines, licenses) will be available for
>         a guaranteed time window for specified users or user groups
>       Benefit:
>       - predictable access to exclusive resources
>    - New implementation of Interactive Job Support (IJS)
>      - IJS is now natively implemented. No more need for external commands
>        (rlogin, telnet, ssh)
>        Benefit:
>        - Results in accurate job accounting (not possibly when ssh or qlogin
>          was used before).
>        - Faster interactive and parallel job start
>        - Can start massively parallel jobs (1000 hosts, 16000 slots)
>    - Array Job Interdependencies
>        - start task N of successor array job once predecessor array job task
>          N has completed. Flexible definition of interdependencies possible
>        Benefit:
>        - interleaving of array job tasks increases throughput of array jobs
>    - Multicluster support for Accounting and Reporting Console (ARCo)
>        - collect data of multiple SGE clusters in a single (physical)
>          database
>        - do queries and get reports from single Web GUI from multiple ARCO
>          databases
>        Benefit:
>        - use one reporting GUI to query multiple SGE reporting databases
>        - no need for multiple ARCo DBs and GUIs in case SDM is used.
>    - ARCo scalability improvements
>        - improved dbwriter (components which writes SGE reporting data into
>          the database) speed
>        - improved speed of queries
>        Benefit:
>        - improved ARCo usability in clusters with significant amount of
>          collected reporting data
>    - improved ARCo installation experience
>        - the documentation on ARCo installation has been significantly
>        improved
>        Benefit:
>        - flatten the installation challenges
>        - make it easier to deploy ARCo
>    - Java Virtual Machine running as a thread in qmaster
>        - A JVM thread providing a JMX server allows to contact qmaster
>          natively from a Java application (the API is not yet officially
>          supported). The SDM uses the new JMX interface.
>    - Support for Solaris 10 startup scripts (SMF - Solaris Management
>      Facility)
>    - Support for Sun Service Tags - inventory management through
>      Sun Connected Services
>  3. Moving SGE documentation set to http://wikis.sun.com
>  -------------------------------------------------------
>    - as one of the first products in Sun we are moving the *entire*
>      SGE and SDM documentation set to wikis.sun.com.
>    - by open sourcing many Sun products, the closed and often slow way of
>      providing access to document ion to Sun customers and our communities
>      is becoming less adequate. SGE being one of Sun's first bigger products
>      which went open source, we are now taking the next step to modernize,
>      ease and speedup the access and contribution to our documentation set.
>      Benefit:
>      - enable quicker response to customer feedback (the Wiki provides a
>        feedback functionality which will be sent directly to the
>        documentation owners)
>      - enable engineers and other product stakeholders to have direct
>        contributions, updates and corrections to the documentation
>      - Wiki can be opened to interested (and Sun approved) users to
>        allow them to directly edit content
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