[GE users] Any reason not to have all user's workstations as submit hosts?

rumpelkeks tina.friedrich at diamond.ac.uk
Mon Apr 12 12:21:42 BST 2010


Hi Sean,

is a bit off-topic, yes, but hey.

The answer is central configuration management. All workstations are 
managed, much the same as all servers are. We also "control" our 
software repositories.

If you are interested in setup details feel free to mail me directly (a 
bit too off topic for the list I believe).

Tina

seandavi wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 6:35 AM, rumpelkeks
> <tina.friedrich at diamond.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Well, we've got a lot of things - certainly /home - on a central file
>> system. Likewise, SGE is installed on a central application server. All
>> our systems have a 'standard' environment setup, the cluster nodes are
>> in no way treated special - so the user environment on the nodes is the
>> same as on the workstations, with the same software/data in the same
>> paths and all.
> 
> Now, way off-topic, but how does one keep 400+ machines that are user
> workstations anywhere near in sync?  Are they all network-boot?
> 
> Sean
> 
> 
>> reuti wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> Am 12.04.2010 um 11:51 schrieb rumpelkeks:
>>>
>>>> We do that - nearly all our hosts (definitely all workstations and
>>>> cluster nodes, and many of the servers) are submit hosts. Roughly 400 in
>>>> total. So far, not had any problems with it; definitely not seen any
>>>> performance (or other technical) problems.
>>> how are the job(scripts) submitted? All workstations mount /home also local?
>>>
>>> -- Reuti
>>>
>>>
>>>> Tina
>>>>
>>>> rayson wrote:
>>>>> Mainly related to security.
>>>>>
>>>>> Rayson
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On 4/8/10, bdbaddog <bill at baddogconsulting.com> wrote:
>>>>>> Greetings,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Is there any technical/performance reason to not have every user's
>>>>>> desktop as a submit host?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> -Bill
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