Installing Grid Engine

Lately I've found myself repeatedly answering the question of how to get started with Grid Engine. To make the answer simpler (i.e. "See my blog post!"), here's the answer in blog format.

First, you'll have to download the software from either:

for N1™ Grid Engine or from:

for Sun Grid Engine. The difference is that N1 Grid Engine includes the Win32 port for execution daemons and ARCo, our GUI for running accounting queries. If you download the N1GE bundle, you get all of the platforms in one bundle, which also makes it huge. If you download SGE, you can download just the bundle for your platform, but do note that you also have to download the "common" package. (The link is not obvious from the download page. Just make sure you read all the text.)

Once you have it downloaded, you'll need some install docs. Because N1GE and SGE are extremely similar, you can use the docs from either. You can find links to both sets of docs here:

Also, I wrote a blog entry about how to do an SGE "quick" install:

Just ignore the parts about DRMAA. There was also a thread recently on the Sun Grid community mailing list about getting an initial system running.

That should be enough to get you started. If you need help, the best place to go is the Grid Engine mailing lists. Grid Engine may not be the most user friendly system, but fortunately, it pretty much works right out of the box.

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