Advanced Clustering Technologies Releases eQUEUE at SC13
High performance computing clusters are powerful tools. But in many cases, they are underutilized due to numerous factors, with the most common being it is too hard to write scripts for job submission. eQUEUE, a web-based job submission tool, was developed to increase cluster utilization by making it easier to submit jobs to the cluster's queue.
eQueue is the latest software developed by Advanced Clustering Technologies, a leading provider of high performance computing (HPC) clusters. It is an intuitive web-based front-end job submission tool that increases cluster usage, potentially leading to more innovation and discovery. The user-friendly interface means there is no need to learn Linux or command line scripting to get jobs to run as access is available a user's web browser. The genesis for eQUEUE, according to Kyle Sheumaker, CTO of Advanced Clustering and co-developer, "It began with conversations with directors and system administrators of HPC clusters telling us their systems were underutilized. The most common refrain was that there are tens or hundreds of users that could easily run their jobs on a cluster but are unfamiliar with Linux or command line scripting and instead ran them on their desktop or laptop. That is inefficient in two ways: first, it leaves a massive resource, built for this type of computationally intensive work, severely underutilized; and second, it ties up the user’s personal computer to where they can’t do anything with it until it’s done running their job."
Feature-rich, eQUEUE allows system administrators to automate job submission scripts for virtually unlimited applications that cross scientific and engineering disciplines. Whether it is computational fluid dynamics, molecular modeling, 3D visualization, or oil and gas exploration, eQUEUE provides administrators the tools to easily establish pre-defined input variables to get jobs scheduled to run. The result: elimination of job submission errors and a more efficient cluster available to many more users.
Another key element of eQUEUE is its remote visualization component. This allows users to remotely access interactive GUI applications which is perfect for visualizing large complex datasets. By moving this capability to the cluster, this opens up the resource to every user who has a need for it and allows them to collaborate from any location through their web browser.
eQUEUE includes other tools that allow for better understanding how jobs are performing, such as how long they ran, how much memory they used, and how many processing cores were needed. It also provides performance data on the queues in the cluster, overall cluster usage in terms of CPU, memory and swap, as well as individual node performance. This information is displayed in easy-to-read charts and tables and makes it easier to adjust the input variables so that what is needed is only what is allocated. By freeing up more resources, the cluster is available to more users.
About Advanced Clustering Technologies, Inc.
Formed and incorporated in 2001, Advanced Clustering Technologies is a premier provider of Apex Computing Clusters, Linux-based Pinnacle servers and Horizon workstations. With its powerful and innovative technology, Advanced Clustering provides solutions for organizations involved in all types of research including biotechnology, chemical modeling, weather forecasting, oil and gas exploration, and visualization. Through its product lines, Advanced Clustering builds some of the fastest clusters and systems in the world.
Learn more about Advanced Clustering's eQUEUE by calling 866-802-8222 or visiting www.advancedclustering.com/equeue.