[Bioclusters] Newbie question: simple low-admin non-threaded Debian-based cluster solution?

Rayson Ho raysonlogin at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 21 08:27:08 EST 2005

I would go with Gridengine... For sure there are users running SGE on
Debian, and by default SGE ships in a tar.gz package, so it is pretty
distribution independent. The only change that is need to run on Debian


OpenMOSIX does not have batch capability. So if your cluster is busy,
and if users want to run more jobs, OpenMOSIX would still allow them to
do so.

OpenPBS is broken, and no new releases for many years... and even
Torque is not as robust as SGE.


--- "Speakman, John H./Epidemiology-Biostatistics" wrote:  
> (1)    OpenMosix
> (2)    OpenPBS
> (3)    Sun GridEngine N1
> Note: all of the above have commercial versions; we'd be reluctant to
> consider them unless it means big savings in administration time and
> effort.  We get the impression OpenMosix (and, to a lesser extent,
> OpenPBS) have question marks over how much time and resources the
> people
> maintaining these products have, suggesting bugs, instability and not
> keeping up with kernel/library updates, etc.  Sun GridEngine seems
> more
> robust but does not seem to have a big Debian user base.
> What do you all should we try first?
> Thanks!
> John
> John Speakman
> Manager, Clinical Research Systems
> Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
> 307 East 63rd Street, New York NY 10021 USA
> +1 646 735 8187 - SpeakmaJ at mskcc.org
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