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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