If It Were Any More Open...

While I was on vacation the last couple of weeks, a lot has been going on in the world of Grid Engine! First off, we have now open-sourced the Accounting and Reporting Console (ARCo) and the new Service Domain Management product known as Hedeby. Hedeby is the reason my blogging has been rather sparse for the last few months.

The second big announcement is that we have decided to release N1GE 6.1 into beta in February, and a preview release is already available on the open source site. The big story for 6.1 is the resource quotas. With resource quotas, an administrator has very fine-grained control over how resources are used. Also new with 6.1 are the Itantic and Macintel ports. The other neat feature in 6.1 is JGDI. Sort of. JGDI is a Java API that enables programmatic access to all of the functionality of all of the command-line tools. The trick is that the JGDI JAR file is in a separate download which isn't available yet.

One more cool thing. Included in the 6.1 bundle is a DTrace script written by Andreas Haas, the Grid Engine tech lead. The script makes it possible to quickly and easily find bottlenecks in a Grid Engine configuration. The script only runs on Solaris, of course. (If you haven't seen DTrace before, go give it a whirl. I guarantee you'll be impressed. If you don't have a Solaris machine to play with, you can read more about DTrace here.)

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