October 27, 2005

Cluster Resources releases TORQUE* 2.0, one of HPC

Amber Webb writes "Spanish Fork, Utah – Cluster Resources, Inc.TM today announced the release of TORQUE Resource Manager* 2.0, an open source high performance computing (HPC) resource manager based on OpenPBS that has added over 1,200 improvements in the areas of scalability, usability and stability in the last 18 months.

TORQUE Resource Manager gives organizations the capability to control batch jobs and distributed compute nodes and, thanks to contributions from the community, it has become an increasingly stable and efficient open source tool. From the time TORQUE was released in 2004, it has been used on many of the worlds largest grids and clusters. TORQUE runs on sites with tens of thousands of jobs and sites with nearly 10,000 processors. In the last six months, there have been approximately 60,000 downloads of the software from Cluster Resources' Web site alone.

“TORQUE's progress is remarkable for an open source product,” said Dave Jackson, Chief Technology Officer of Cluster Resources. “TORQUE has proven itself to be an effective and stable platform for thousands of clusters worldwide. In fact, we are told that TORQUE runs on more of the 'Top 500' sites than any other batch system.”

Cluster Resources' determined TORQUE's move to 2.0 based on the enhanced stability and capabilities contributed in the last year. The contributed patches improve open source resource management in the areas of scalability, usability, scheduling interface and fault tolerance. TORQUE's improvements since the last patch include an improved start up feature for quick startup of downed nodes, enhanced internal diagnostics, simplified install, and improved API reporting abilities.

TORQUE Resource Manager, which is maintained by Cluster Resources, Inc. was created largely in part by contributions from community members including NCSA, OSC, USC, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia, PNNL, University of Buffalo, TeraGrid and many other leading edge HPC organizations.

“Congratulations to everybody for making TORQUE successful,” Jackson said. “We are still working with the community to improve usability, self-diagnostics, reliability and scalability. With these and other improvements, TORQUE will continue to become more intuitive and easier to use through joint efforts with many contributing sites.”

Community members may contribute to TORQUE Resource Manager by e-mailing mailto:help@clusterresources.com Cluster Administrators may download TORQUE for their own clusters at www.clusterresources.com/torque. Support for TORQUE or other software products such as Maui Scheduler, Moab Cluster Suite® or Moab Grid Suite® may optionally be purchased from Cluster Resources at http://www.clusterresources.com/techsupport

About Cluster Resources, Inc.TM:

Cluster Resources, Inc.™ is a leading provider of workload and resource management software and services for cluster, grid, hosting center and utility-based computing environments. Cluster Resources' high-performance computing solutions enable administrators to control and optimize parallel and serial computing resources. Its professional Moab product line provides HPC sites with the most advanced workload management, scheduling and policy control (e.g., advanced reservations, backfill, checkpoint, preemption, fairshare, prioritization, etc.). Moab is compatible with batch resource managers such as Platform Computing's LSF, Altair Engineering's PBS Pro, and IBM's LoadLeveler, and open source tools including TORQUE, SLURM and others. Moab can manage Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows environments.

For more information call (801) 873-3400 or (888) 221-2008 or visit www.clusterresources.com.

Press Contact: Amber Webb
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* TORQUE Resource Manager includes software developed by NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Veridian Information Solutions, Inc. Visit www.OpenPBS.org for OpenPBS software support, products, and information.  TORQUE is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with Altair Grid Solutions, Inc."

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