Oracle Grid Engine: A quick update from the experts at Oracle OpenWorld

A lot of people have been asking about Oracle Grid Engine. Here at Oracle OpenWorld, I sat down with Moe Fardoost, Sr. Director of Product Marketing and Daniel Templeton, Principal Product Manager for a short discussion on Oracle Grid Engine (OGE) - formerly Sun Grid Engine.

Moe, what has happened to Sun Grid Engine following the Sun acquisition and will Oracle continue to support it?

Following the acquisition, Sun Grid Engine came to Oracle Enterprise Manager and we are absolutely delighted to welcome OGE to the Enterprise Manager family. The product is absolutely fantastic and a leader in is market space. We plan to aggressively support and market this product.

Which markets will OGE provide solutions for?

OGE has great capabilities for enterprise customers such as those in financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, transportation and other industries. We see this product as a perfect fit for customers with massive data-intensive processing needs. Customers in the High Performance Computing market have traditionally used OGE and we see that usage will continue. We do however believe the potential in the enterprise market is huge.

Daniel, Now over to you.

What does the road map for OGE look like?

If you look at where OGE has traditionally focused, it has been in the areas of scalability and flexibility.  OGE today is able to tackle a very diverse set of workloads across a large number of different environments.  It's been used for everything from modeling underground oil wells to assembling human genomes to assigning seats on commercial flights. As the product settles into its new home at Oracle, we intend to "enterprise up" the product.  The end goal is that OGE will be the platform for business-driven resource management and the cornerstone of enterprise technical computing.

What's the story with OGE and Hadoop?

Hadoop has become a popular tool to facilitate parallel data processing.  It is, however, still a very young technology, and particularly in the context of enterprise technical computing, it falls short in a couple of areas, like advanced scheduling capabilities, accounting and reporting, and sharing resources will other applications.  OGE, on the other hand, is a very mature piece of software that just happens to provide a solution for those needs.  By running your Hadoop environment on top of OGE, you get all of the benefits of Hadoop for data analysis while at the same time leveraging OGE as the higher-level resource manager.  The net result is that your Hadoop environment becomes less expensive to run and maintain.

What's going on at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne with OGE?

I will be speaking at two session at OpenWorld on Grid Engine and technical computing:

S316977: Scalable Enterprise Data Processing for the Cloud with Oracle Grid Engine
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Tom White (Cloudera)
Thursday 23-Sep-10 12:00-13:00 Moscone South Rm 310

S317230: Who's Using Your Grid? What's on Your Grid? How to Get More
Dan Templeton, Dave Teszler, Zeynep Koch
Tuesday 21-Sep-10 17:00-18:00 Moscone South Rm 305

I will also be running a JavaOne hands-on lab on programming with Hadoop:

S314413: Extracting Real Value from Your Data with Apache Hadoop
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Sarah Sproehnle (Cloudera), Michal Bachorik (Oracle)
Wednesday 22-Sep-10 12:30-14:30 Hilton San Francisco Plaza B

Also, be sure to check out Melinda McDade's and Dan Hough's talk:

S318115: High-Performance Computing for the Oil and Gas Industry
Dan Hough, Melinda McDade
Wednesday, 22-Sep-10 10:00-11:00 InterContinental San Francisco Telegraph Hill

Now Back to Moe. Where can our readers go for more information on OGE?

I would recommend starting with our OTN home page for OGE. There, you can read technical information and download the product. I encourage everyone to try out this product and let us know what you think.


Excellent info. I feel, that a lot more could be done using Hadoop. Largely, a lot on Business Intelligence. Here is what I exactly mean..

Posted by Kate on September 21, 2010 at 07:44 PM PDT #

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