[GE users] Screencast/blog post on SGE 6.2u5 install on OS X

reuti reuti at staff.uni-marburg.de
Mon Feb 8 21:30:02 GMT 2010


Am 08.02.2010 um 20:28 schrieb brettgrant99:

>
> The last batch of Xserves that we bought (about 2 years ago) as an  
> HPC cluster was actually cheaper than same hardware from HP or Sun.

This sounds like the option would be to run Linux on a Mac.

-- Reuti


>
> A year ago, we got some quotes to add an HPC cluster, and again the  
> Apple computers were cheaper.
>
> I realize that things change, and the problems that you are seeing  
> (which I really haven't followed) seem like real problems.
>
> However, as odd as it seems, Apple has always given us pretty good  
> pricing on hardware.  Has that changed?  It seems like a year or so  
> ago, they seemed to "re-organize" there commercial account stuff.
>
> Thanks,
> Brett
>
>
>
> Re: [GE users] Screencast/blog post on SGE 6.2u5 install on OS X
>
> jlforrest to: users
> 02/08/10 11:57 AM
>
> Cc: craffi
>
> Please respond to users
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On 2/8/2010 3:12 AM, craffi wrote:
> > Honestly I think SGE on OS X is going to be a dead end.
>
> I agree completely. An HPC cluster of Macs doesn't
> make financial sense. You can get way more computing
> power for the buck with generic Linux PCs. A
> pseudo-cluster of desktop Macs suffers from Apple's
> unique interpretation of how to treat process priorities.
> Both suffer from the installation problem you've documented
> so well.
>
> The only reasons I'm running a pseudo-cluster are:
>
> 1) I didn't have anywhere to put a Linux HPC cluster.
>
> 2) I didn't know any better.
>
> Indeed, the research group for which I run this pseudo-cluster
> will not be using Macs in the next cluster they buy, which I'm
> in the process of configuring right now.
>
> I don't expect Apple to do much about the pricing issue,
> but there's really no excuse for the other technical problems.
>
> Is anybody from Apple reading this email list?
>
> Cordially,
>
> -- 
> Jon Forrest
> Research Computing Support
> College of Chemistry
> 173 Tan Hall
> University of California Berkeley
> Berkeley, CA
> 94720-1460
> 510-643-1032
> jlforrest at berkeley.edu
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