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

Andy Schwierskott andy.schwierskott at sun.com
Tue May 6 14:57:07 BST 2008

Hi Roger,

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

There are no changes to the Mac OS X 10.5 OS support.

What would you expect with "better support"?


> ~ 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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