N1 Grid Engine Update Release 7

Whopee! We are finally wrapping up the QA for the next release of N1 Grid Engine, version 6.0u7. This is an interesting release because it focuses on scalability improvements. With this release, we have addressed several issues that crop up when building grids with thousands of nodes. My personal contribution was to rewrite the lexigraphical parser for the qconf utility so that it is more memory efficient and is able to handle cluster queue configurations with thousands of queue instances. I also fixed a big stack of man page issues. Stephan added some serious process improvements to the qmaster and scheduler, which can lead to big performance gains, as well as making our qstat XML schemas quite a bit cleaner.

The 6.0u7 release is not yet publicly available, unless you download the source from the website (Grab the V60s2_BRANCH branch.) and build it yourself. The plan is to have it available around the second week of December. Once it's out, I'll post a link to where you can download the courtesy binaries.

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