Not Dead Yet!

Just noticed this article go flitting by in a tweet from a Grid Engine community member. Since the article lacks any useful details what-so-ever about who was cut and where, I thought I should pop my head up to declare that all is well in Grid Engine land.

First, I have to apologize for my long lack of blog updates. Now that I've taken over the Grid Engine product management role, I've been up to my elbows non-stop. Maybe this post will get me back into the habit of blogging regularly. I still have one more post to write about what's new in 6.2u5.

Second, the Grid Engine team is still here, as is the Oracle Grid Engine product. In fact, in my almost a decade working on this product, we've never been in a better position. One thing Oracle does very well is to be clear about their intentions. Either your product has a road map, or it doesn't. We have a road map. We have a rather exciting road map, in fact, and I'm looking forward to using our new home in Oracle as a launching pad for the next generation of the Grid Engine technology.

Lastly, just to add a little credence to the above statement, let me share a little about where we have landed in Oracle. The Oracle Grid Engine team now sits in the Oracle Enterprise Manager organization, directly under the Ops Center team. Enterprise Manager is Oracle's product for managing the data center from top to bottom, the entire software stack, down through the OS, all the way to the hardware and storage. Software. Hardware. Complete. Interestingly, the Enterprise Manager group would seem to be one of the key components in Oracle cloud strategy. Hmmm... Cloud... Grid Engine... One could imagine there being some kind of fit there. Odd that we should land in the same group...

The technology that Grid Engine brings to the Oracle product family is unique. Not only do we not compete with any other existing Oracle product, there are several other Oracle products with which Grid Engine has a very natural synergy. I have very high hopes for the role Grid Engine will play at Oracle going forward. Without getting into any details, look for good things coming from our direction in the future.

Oracle policy prevents me from saying anything concrete or specific about our plans or positioning or anything else, really, but I hope I've been able to give you 1) confidence that we're alive and doing quite well, thank you, and 2) we have a long and exciting road ahead of us.


Thanks, data is the best antidote for FUD.

TPM has always been a more reliable source on IBM than on Sun or Oracle.

Posted by keith bierman on August 06, 2010 at 02:36 AM PDT #

Great news for the sfw side. Couple of questions to avoid semantics and clear up things:

1. Are we gonna see Oracle involved in HPC market , meaning new clusters from Oracle for HPC business ? That article talks about Oracle exiting HPC business, to me this being clear.

2. What systems currently Oracle sells for HPC market ?

3. Probable, some of former Sun sfw will be merged into Oracle's sfw umbrella. Example for GridEngine. I hope you guys keep things small and simple. When such merges take place, usually, this is how software turns from something useful in something unmanageable and slow.

As well too bad you cant comment anything nor say anything more based on current corporate culture.

Therefore the blog, as a form of communication is pointless under Oracle regime, I would say. Because there is nothing clear except vaguely lines and remarks.


Posted by sparvu on August 10, 2010 at 04:02 PM PDT #

"Oracle policy prevents me from saying anything concrete or specific about our plans or positioning or anything else, really..."

Oracle's closed communication policy, may be what drives much of the SGE, Lustre and MySQL community away. We enjoy and expect open communication between the project sponsors and the community.

Hopefully, Oracle will understand this absorb some of the Sun philosophy into Oracle's corporate culture.

Thanks for the update Dan, I really wish you could be more candid :-)

Posted by Mike Hanby on August 17, 2010 at 02:34 AM PDT #

The big question for me (as gridengine packager and user for Fedora) is will it remain open source? Any idea on when that question will be answered?

Posted by Orion Poplawski on August 17, 2010 at 01:40 PM PDT #

Thanks, Dan. I also wish that Oracle would be more forthcoming with its plans. Thanks for at least giving us some ideas as to the future of Grid Engine.

Posted by Jess Cannata on August 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT #

[Trackback] In den Zeiten nach Sun ist Unklarheit über den zukünftigen Status von Grid Engine entstanden. Offizielle Verlautbarungen gibt es nicht, das ist die Oracle-Politik. Es gab im August einen neuen Release, der aber nur in Binärform verbreitet wurde. Anders...

Posted by hpc-wissen on September 24, 2010 at 02:27 AM PDT #

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