[Beowulf] Re: SGE + policy

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Fri May 28 11:44:10 PDT 2004

On Fri, 28 May 2004, Orion Poplawski wrote:

> Robert G. Brown wrote:
> > 
> > This probably doesn't worry them, because in one sense anybody who uses
> > matlab for doing "serious" computations probably needs therapy, and
> > clusters are often build for doing serious computations.  However, this
> > particular cluster is being built as much to support many students doing
> > less serious computations as it is to support work that really should
> > probably be done in c.* or f.*, and in a lot of cases the real expense
> > is teaching people with little or no real programming experience how to
> > convert from a garbage-tolerant interactive environment to a compiled
> > language.
> > 
> You can buy a matlab compiler from mathworks.  Perhaps this would work 
> better.  There is also some kind of run-time server as well that turns 
> the code into standalone programs.  I've never used either, but we may 
> soon.  Experiences with either would be appreciated.

This would be fine if it produces real standalone programs that are
portable and can be run anywhere.  If the compiler just creates a binary
module that can only run on a node with a license, it is less
desireable although it still might be advantageous if they run faster
that way.  We'll look into this as well, thanks,


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