Download: Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 2

Sun Microsystems today announced the availability of Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 2. This feature update release delivers a few much requesed features, scalability improvements, and memory foot print reductions in huge HPC clusters, in addition to bug fixes.
What’s New:
* GUI Installer. Sun Grid Engine 6.2u2 comes with a new GUI installer to simplify the installation process. The GUI installer enables you to easily install a whole cluster interactively. To install a cluster, you need to set up the environment in a similar way to an automatic installation.
* Microsoft Windows Vista Support. New support for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Windows Vista (Enterprise and Ultimate Edition), Windows Server 2003R2 and Windows Server 2008.
* Job Submission Verifiers (JSVs). JSVs allow users and administrators to define rules that determine which
jobs are allowed to enter into a cluster and which jobs should be rejected immediately. A JSV is a script or binary that can be used to verify, modify, or reject a job during the time of job submission or on the master host.
* Consumable Resources Per Job. Consumable complex attributes can now be configured as per job. Such consumables are consumed as requested and are no longer multiplied by the requested slots. This makes resource requests for parallel jobs much easier to define, especially when using slot ranges.
* jemalloc Library. Linux distributions (x64 platforms) come with a default memory allocator library which is not as efficient as the open source jemalloc memory allocator library also used by the Firefox browser. SGE 6.2 Update 2 replaces the native Linux malloc library with the jemalloc library. This has a positive effect on the master host performance in large and high throughput Sun Grid Engine clusters on Linux and reduces the memory footprint up to 20%. This will lead to a significant performance increase.
Release Notes and Download page


About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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