[Beowulf] Utility Supercomputing...

Hearns, John john.hearns at mclaren.com
Mon Mar 4 03:38:36 PST 2013


> Utility being a phrase that identifies how one can
> turn on and off resource at the drop of a hat.  If you are running
> nodes 100% 365d/y on prem is still a serious win.  If you have the odd
> monster run, or are in a small shop with no access to large scale
> compute, utility is the only way to go


That is a good point.
Something related to that - it is common to report cluster uptime, and the number of jobs being run currently,
and the number of jobs which have run over a certain time period (or the CPU hours used over a time period).

How common is it to report the occupancy of a cluster - ie the percentage of the theoretical max CPU hours
which are being used to run useful jobs?

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