Sunday May 25, 2008

One More Down, Two To Go

This news is a little old now, but it's no less worthy of announcing. Thanks to our friends at FedStage, the same folks who brought us the Platform LSF DRMAA implementation, there is now an implementation of DRMAA for Altair's PBS Pro! With the addition of PBS Pro to the DRMAA family, that now leaves just two major DRMs without DRMAA support: DataSynapse GridServer and Microsoft CCS. Sun Grid Engine, Platform LSF, and Altair PBS Pro all have DRMAA implementations. Condor, Torque, EEGE, GridWay, and several others also have DRMAA implementations.

For the uninitiated, DRMAA is an API for submitting, monitoring, and controlling jobs in a DRM system. The API is intended to be simple and clean as well as cross-platform, cross-DRM, and cross-language. Sun Grid Engine, for example, ships with DRMAA implementations in the C and Java™ languages, and Perl, Python, and Ruby implementations are available from the open source community.

By the way, I should also give a shout-out to FedStage's other big DRMAA project, OpenDSP. It is exactly what its acronym proclaims it to be. It's a service for doing job submission, monitoring, and control remotely via DRMAA connections to the DRM systems. If you're looking for a framework for secure remote grid operations, definitely check it out!

Wednesday Nov 28, 2007

DRMAA For Platform's LSF

In case you didn't notice, the Distributed Resource Management Application API (DRMAA) has become one of the first two official recommendations from the Open Grid Forum. Along with this long awaited official recommendation status came an exciting surprise: Platform now has a DRMAA implementation for their LSF product! The implementation comes courtesy of the FedStage Developer Network. FedStage has only produced a C binding for LSF so far (and I'm told that's all that's planned), but since the Grid Engine Java™ language binding is built on top of the C binding, it's a small step to get the Java language binding working for LSF.

To make the good news even better, not only does Platform officially endorse the implementation (I'm told they funded it), but FedStage has released it under an Apache 2.0 open source license!

With the sudden rise in customer and ISV interest and the addition of LSF to the family, I have a feeling that DRMAA has finally reached critical mass. To find out more, check out the DRMAA 1.0 IDL binding specification and the Grid Engine C and Java language binding tutorials.

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