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From: Epitropakis Mixalis 00064 (mikeagn_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-11-20 07:12:32


Hello everyone!

I am a member of a research laboratory in University of Patras, Greece.
We have ordered our first cluster and in the following days it will
arrive. So, we will need the help of experts in order to decide which
cluster management and job scheduling software is the most suitable for it
:) .

Each computer of the cluster consists of: 2 x (Dual-Core Intel Xeon
Processor 5060 (3.2 GHz, 1066 MHz Bus)), (motherboard: S5000PAL)
, 4GB ECC RAM and 250GB HDD. All parts are interconnected with a
Gigabit Ethernet Switch.

What we need, is your opinion and experience for a software package
(or a collection) that will make easier the use of the cluster (job
scheduling) as well as the administration of it (update and upgrade of
the OS, installation of new software, user administration, etc). We are
proficient with Linux administration (any distro).

On our first search in the internet, we found some packages that do not
combine both job scheduling and administration. If there is a package that
could be suggested and that could combine both we would be really happy.
We would prefer the software packages to be open source. :)

Some of them found and studied so far are the following:

[1] TORQUE Resource Manager

http://www.clusterresources.com/pages/products/torque-resource-manager.php
[2] http://gridengine.sunsource.net/
[3] http://oscar.openclustergroup.org/
[4] http://dcc.irb.hr/

These are some of our thoughts. We know that the distribution choice
as well as the cluster management software will apply only ONCE and we
will not be able to test/change it easily...

Thanks very much for your time and I am sure that your opinion will be
of of great help to us!

Michael