[Beowulf] job scheduler and health monitoring system

Adam DeConinck ajdecon at ajdecon.org
Fri Jan 10 13:22:46 PST 2014

Hi Reza,

The "common stack" seems to vary depending on what industry you're looking
at. For example, Grid Engine seems to be a really popular job scheduler in
bioinformatics, even though I get the impression that it's on the way out
in a lot of other industries.

I think most cluster management tools are fairly mature right now. Some are
more actively developed than others, but I don't think "what's hot" is
necessarily a good way to choose your tools.

More important is whether someone on your team is familiar with those
tools, or with the languages they're written in; or whether you can get
support easily if you don't have expertise yourself.

For what it's worth, my current "favorites" for scheduling and monitoring

* Job scheduler: SLURM
* Light-weight health checks between jobs: Warewulf NHC
* Detailed performance monitoring: Ganglia

Neither NHC or Ganglia do temperature monitoring out-of-the-box (last I
checked), but they're both really easy to extend with something as easy as
bash scripts.


On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM, reza azimi <reza.c.azimi at gmail.com> wrote:

> hello guys,
> I'm looking for a state of art job scheduler and health monitoring for my
> beowulf cluster and due to my research I've found many of them which made
> me confused. Can you help or recommend me the ones which are very hot and
> they are using in industry?
> I have lm-sensors package on my servers and wanna a health monitoring
> program which record the temp as well, all I found are mainly record
> resource utilization.
> Our workload are mainly MPI based benchmarks and we want to test some
> hadoop benchmarks in future.
> Regards
> Reza
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