[Bioclusters] SGE vs. LSF

Rayson Ho raysonlogin at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 16 14:40:31 EDT 2005

Richard: Does SGE work for you, and do you have anything that you don't
like with SGE??

Replying to a few things that Chris brought up:
It's supposed to be batch system independent... it already has support
for Perl, Java, and .Net. The best thing is that you can use the same
code to interact with SGE, Condor, Gridway... and PBS in the future.

2) tight integration with parallel environments:
I wanted to get the TM (PBS's task management) interface work on SGE,
but don't have much time these days... in theory that can provide tight
integration for almost every parallel environment. For now, there are
HOWTOs on MPICH, Infiniband, and Myrinet integration... but it's a bit
messy since you need to debug the scripts :(

3) reliability/resiliency/failover
Not a lot of people need Berkeley DB spooling. For small clusters, just
use classic spooling. You can pick which one you want at installation
time. But for those who need Berkeley DB spooling, they will likely
have HA filesystems.

4) Grid:
Agreed that Multicluster is better than Globus...

5) Sun does offer support for all the platforms (except: Free/Net/*BSD,
IA64, PPC, NEX SX, Cray):


--- Richard Wonka <richard.wonka at web.de> wrote:
> I am currently running sybyl, glide, flexX/flexS, FeatureTrees,
> LigPrep and moe using the SGE on a couple of dedicated machines 
> and some workstations during the off_hours. (all of which are running
> debian sarge)
> Now Platform wants me to testdrive LSF and I'm wondering if I should
> put the extra work into a test setup.
> I feel that SGE works well for my needs, but then, maybe LSF has some
> major advantage that I'm not aware of?
> So:
> * What  are the major differences between the two and why might I
> want to use LSF instead of SGE?
> * Have any of You experience with either or both systems?
> * If so, What are they and what are You using now?
> with Greetings,
> Richard
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