[Beowulf] Web interfaces for yer cluster.

John Leidel john.leidel at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 15:51:30 PDT 2007

There are certainly ways we may be able to develop an extensible
software architecture for which we can "define" new requirements for
applications.  Some sort of XML template definition(s) may assist in the
process. [not sure how Joe L and other are doing it]

On Thu, 2007-10-25 at 18:28 -0400, Jeffrey B. Layton wrote:
> andrew holway wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > Been lurking round some user group meetings and have found academic
> > cluster people needing a way to attract Unix illiterate people onto
> > their systems. There has been a suggestion that a web based user
> > portal might be a way to go. I have been told that there may have been
> > similar projects with this kind of thing in mind.
> >
> > I was thinking of a way to bolt in modules for the portal depending on
> > what codes you wanted to run.
> >   
> Sigh... This is my "dream" of a sorts. I want a web base tool for
> submitting jobs, monitoring jobs, and so on, so that people who
> don't know or care to learn the command line, can run jobs (there
> is a group of this niche that aren't capable of learning the command
> line anyway).
> I want a simple interface where the user just selects the code they
> want to run, how many processors they want (alternatively you
> could even ask how long you want the code to run), where the
> input files are located, and where you want the output files to be
> located. Then they hit enter and the code runs. However, this will
> take some set up by and admin to define the actual command line
> to run the code, copying the data files (if needed), etc. So this means
> that you can't do it for every code - only the ones defined by the
> admin.
> PBS, Cluster Resources, and LSF all have some type of web portal
> where you can do some of these things. Of course they are commercial
> and sometimes not always the most flexible.
> Joe Landman at Scalable Informatics has mentioned a project he's
> working on called Dragonfly that may give you what you want.
> (Shameless plug for Joe - I'm lining my beers at SC07 already).
> Jeff
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