Tuesday Jan 18, 2011

Full Speed Ahead

Last week I had the opportunity to do a webcast with Moe Fardoost, our marketing director, on the future direction for the Oracle Grid Engine product. If you're curious about where Grid Engine is headed, take a look. For the very lazy among you, the summary is that we're focused on three major themes: core infrastructure and feature improvements, tighter integrations with other Oracle products, and a richer cloud feature set.

Thursday Dec 23, 2010

Oracle Grid Engine: Changes for a Bright Future at Oracle

For the past decade, Oracle Grid Engine has been helping thousands of customers marshal the enterprise technical computing processes at the heart of bringing their products to market. Many customers have achieved outstanding results with it via higher data center utilization and improved performance. The latest release of the product provides best-in-class capabilities for resource management including: Hadoop integration, topology-aware scheduling, and on-demand connectivity to the cloud.

Oracle Grid Engine has a rich history, from helping BMW Oracle Racing prepare for the America’s Cup to helping isolate and identify the genes associated with obesity; from analyzing and predicting the world's financial markets to producing the digital effects for the popular Harry Potter series of films. Since 2001, the Grid Engine open source project has made Oracle Grid Engine functionality available for free to open source users. The Grid Engine open source community has grown from a handful of users in 2001 into the strong, self-sustaining community that it is now.

Today, we are entering a new chapter in Oracle Grid Engine’s life. Oracle has been working with key members of the open source community to pass on the torch for maintaining the open source code base to the Open Grid Scheduler project hosted on SourceForge. This transition will allow the Oracle Grid Engine engineering team to focus their efforts more directly on enhancing the product. In a matter of days, we will take definitive steps in order to roll out this transition. To ensure on-going communication with the open source community, we will provide the following services:

  • Upon the decommissioning of the current open source site on December 31st, 2010, we will begin to transition the information on the open source project to Oracle Technology Network’s home page for Oracle Grid Engine. This site will ultimately contain the resources currently available on the open source site, as well as a wealth of additional product resources.
  • The Oracle Grid Engine engineering team will be available to answer questions and provide guidance regarding the open source project and Oracle Grid Engine via the online product forum
  • The Open Grid Scheduler project will be continuing on the tradition of the Grid Engine open source project. While the Open Grid Scheduler project will remain independent of the Oracle Grid Engine product, the project will have the support of the Oracle team, including making available artifacts from the original Grid Engine open source project.

Oracle is committed to enhancing Oracle Grid Engine as a commercial product and has an exciting road map planned. In addition to developing new features and functionality to continue to improve the customer experience, we also plan to release game-changing integrations with several other Oracle products, including Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Coherence. Also, as Oracle's cloud strategy unfolds, we expect that the Oracle Grid Engine product's role in the overall strategy will continue to grow. To discuss our general plans for the product, we would like to invite you to join us for a live webcast on Oracle Grid Engine’s new road map. Click here to register.

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Thank you to everyone in the community for their support over the last decade and their continued support going forward!

Tuesday Nov 30, 2010

JARYBA Achieves Oracle Validated Integration and Announces Support for Oracle Grid Engine With SmartSuspend v2.0

I am very pleased to announce that we've signed up our first partner to the Oracle Validated Integration program for Oracle Grid Engine. Jaryba's SmartSuspend product is a clever way to allow jobs suspended by Grid Engine to release all of the resources they're holding, even memory and FLEXlm licenses. And it works without requiring any changes to the applications. You don't even have to recompile.

If you've ever run into the issue of running out of swap space because of preempted jobs holding onto their memory, SmartSuspend might be the answer you're looking for. It works by inserting itself between the application and the OS so that it can track the memory and license usage. When a job is suspended, SmartSuspend first uses its knowledge of the resources requested by the application to let all of those resources go. When the job is resumed, SmartSuspend first attempts to recapture those resources before allowing the application to run. From the application's perspective, nothing changes. From the administrator's perspective, the difference is huge.

Friday Nov 12, 2010

NOLA Bound

After much internal... discussion, Oracle has decided to have a booth at SC10 after all, and as usual, I will be there waving the Grid Engine banner. If you're at the show, please come by and say high. I believe they've scheduled some office hours of sorts for me on Tuesday afternoon, but I should be hanging around the Oracle booth for most of the show. (Except Thursday, so don't wait until the last minute!) I think I'll also be making an appearance at the Univa UD booth on Tuesday morning at 11:00.

I also want to mention the RCE Podcast Brock Palen and Jeff Squyers were kind enough to invite me to record. If you're interested in an intro to OGE or a high level status check, go have a listen.

I guess since I have your attention, I should also point out that the presentation I did at Oracle OpenWorld '10 about using Grid Engine for large-scale data-oriented computing (e.g. Hadoop) with Tom White from Cloudera is now available on the Grid Engine OTN page.

Wednesday Oct 06, 2010

SWWM Seeks SWISV

I've said it before: being adopted into the Oracle family has been a great thing for the Oracle Grid Engine product. One of the many reasons is that we get to take advantage of the amazing partner program that Oracle has, the Oracle Partner Network.

Over the years, a number of companies have built products that include, build on, or use either the Grid Engine product or the Grid Engine open source project. While we were Sun, there really was little that we could offer these companies in terms of useful partnership opportunities. Now that we're Oracle, there are actually several very active, very interesting programs available for partners. If your company is working with Grid Engine, and you'd like to investigate a closer relationship with Oracle, there's never been a better time!

Here's just a quick overview of some of the programs Oracle has to offer:

  • Oracle Validated Integration -- I love this program. It's a way to has Oracle certify and swear to the fact that your product is validated on Grid Engine and that the combination works as designed. It gives your customers an extra boost of confidence in your product, and it gets your product listed on the OVI partner solutions page. (Note that the program information says it's only for a limited set of Oracle products. Since Grid Engine is now under the Oracle Enterprise Manager product family, we do indeed qualify.)
  • Application-Specific Full Use & Embedded licensing -- We now have the ability to negotiate OEM contracts to include or embed Grid Engine in your product. It was possible before, but now it's actually a normal thing to do. There's even a standard program and process for it, including some very nice discounts. You can find out more about the program on page 54 of the Software Investment Guide.
  • Oracle Partner Network -- The OPN is your one-stop shop for hitching your wagon to the Oracle engine. With multiple levels and a huge number of benefits, the OPN is a great way to develop a closer relationship with Oracle.
  • OPN Specialization for Cloud computing and SaaS -- OPN has this concept of partner specializations. It's a way for you to distinguish yourself by demonstrating your deeper knowledge in specific areas. There's now a specialization for the cloud and SaaS.

If any of these programs sound interesting, you know where to find me. You can also send a Tweet or DM to my partner partner, Susan Wu, susanwu88 on Twitter.

(Don't worry. I'll get back to blogging geeky things again soon.)

Tuesday Sep 21, 2010

A Quick Update From the Experts at Oracle OpenWorld

Just wanted to point out this interview that came out yesterday. The summary is: really, honestly, really, Grid Engine is alive and well and has a bright future in front of it. The rumors of Grid Engine's death have been greatly exaggerated.

Wednesday Sep 15, 2010

Grid Engine at Oracle Open World

In case any of you will be visiting Oracle Open World next week, be sure to come check out my sessions. I have two OpenWorld sessions and one JavaOne hands-on lab. (The lab isn't actually directly related to Grid Engine, but there's a tie-in via our Hadoop support.)

S316977: Scalable Enterprise Data Processing for the Cloud with Oracle Grid Engine
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Tom White (Cloudera)
Thursday 23-Sep-10 12:00-13:00 Moscone South Rm 310
S317230: Who's Using Your Grid? What's on Your Grid? How to Get More
Dan Templeton, Dave Teszler, Zeynep Koch
Tuesday 21-Sep-10 17:00-18:00 Moscone South Rm 305
S314413: Extracting Real Value from Your Data with Apache Hadoop
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Sarah Sproehnle (Cloudera), Michal Bachorik (Oracle)
Wednesday 22-Sep-10 12:30-14:30 Hilton San Francisco Plaza B

Also, Melissa McDade's talk will also have some Grid Engine content:

S318115: High-Performance Computing for the Oil and Gas Industry
Dan Hough, Melinda McDade
Wednesday, 22-Sep-10 10:00-11:00 InterContinental San Francisco Telegraph Hill

Thursday Aug 05, 2010

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.

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