[gridengine users] hedeby install howto?

Fritz Ferstl fferstl at univa.com
Thu Jun 30 06:33:42 UTC 2011

In my role as engineering director at Sun it was me who was supporting 
the SDM effort over several years. I did so because I saw this type of 
functionality as an absolute necessity for flexible resources management 
in future IT environments (with that "future" being mostly here now).

The priorities at Oracle have put an end to SDM/Hedeby development so I 
regretfully have to echo Chris's advice below to abstain from using it. 
You'll be on your own in case of issues and it's a non-trivial code base.

At Univa we luckily have a product with UniCloud which provides similar 
functionality and more. Bill has pointed to a cool example for what can 
be accomplished with it but there is more. Basically it supports 
private, public and hybrid HPC cloud scenarios.



Am 30.06.11 00:05, schrieb Chris Dagdigian:
> My overall advice for people trying to run Grid Engine on the Amazon 
> Cloud is this:
> (1) If you just want to run Grid Engine in standalone mode on the 
> Amazon Cloud then you should be using StarCluster 
> http://web.mit.edu/stardev/cluster/ -- those folks made a fantastic 
> and free system for elastic SGE clusters on the cloud with working 
> shared filesystem, MPI configured etc. etc. It's freaking magical. 
> They also track new AWS features closely and develop support for cool 
> things that most people would not have time to implement themselves on 
> a small project -- such as support for running under Spot Instances 
> and within the odd networking sandbox of the new VPC environments. My 
> company tends to be the one that runs into StarCluster limitations 
> (such as inconsistent support for running inside a special VPC zone 
> where a HTTP proxy was required for internet access) and the 
> developers have been responsive, friendly and overall nice to interact 
> with.
> (2) If you *really* want to do the hybrid cloudbursting thing than I'd 
> simply say go talk to the nice folks  at Univa.com - they already have 
> far more up to date methods, software and (most importantly) happy 
> customers using their cloud bursting stuff. This would be the modern 
> and sustainable route.
> (3) If you really don't want to use Univa and you want to bridge a 
> local SGE cluster into the Amazon cloud than just skip the Hedeby 
> overhead/complexity and just use Amazon VPC to link your local and 
> remote subnets together. After that its just one big happy SGE cluster 
> with a boatload of network/bandwidth limitations affecting some nodes 
> more than others.
> Hedeby was part of a massive project for "resource aware" stuff within 
> Sun. SGE was just a tiny part. In my mind it has little use or utility 
> in the context of open source software unless you are going all-in on 
> all the other hedeby features. Using Hedeby today just to get SGE 
> cloud adaptors is going to be a stressful exercise involving complex 
> end-of-life software that is effectively a developmental dead end.
> My $.02
> -Chris
> Dave Love wrote:
>> Allan Tran<tran.v.allan at gmail.com>  writes:
>>> I'm trying to install hedeby to integrate sge62u5 and amazon cloud 
>>> but can't
>>> seems to find any good step by step article. All the links seem to 
>>> be broken
>>> since Oracle kills the open source GE.
>> Maybe Chris D will chime in with useful guidance.  However, as well as
>> doc at http://wikis.sun.com/display/gridengine62u5/Home (currently
>> down), you should be able to get everything that was on sunsource via
>> https://arc.liv.ac.uk/trac/SGE.  The source is available via darcs, hg,
>> and git, or directly under http://arc.liv.ac.uk/repos/darcs/hedeby/&c
>> (which should work to display the original web pages).  Unlike the
>> actual gridengine source, it hasn't had any love since it was stashed.
>>> I found this
>>> http://wiki.gridengine.info/wiki/index.php/SGE-Hedeby-And-Amazon-EC2#Installing_the_Grid_Engine_Hedeby_Service_Adapter 
>>> but
>>> stuck at step Setup SDM Master (sdmadm, etc, where is this sdmadm 
>>> from? I
>>> know I'm missing a lot of packages but is there a single place I can
>>> download them all.
>>> What I have so far now is a fresh working SGE 62u5 installed with JVM
>>> enabled.
>> Presumably you need the source from the hedeby, hedeby-ge-adapter, and
>> hedeby-cloud-adapter repos as above.  I can't remember how difficult it
>> is to build.  There are instructions somewhere in the www directory of
>> the repo if I recall correctly.
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