View Full Version : scheduling cross-purposed compute/render nodes?

09 September 2012, 06:39 PM
Hi Everyone,

At my university we are adding centralized computing resources (blade servers) that need to be split/shared between 2 purposes:

1) renderfarm managed by Qube (already purchased)
2) hpc compute-cluster managed by LSF (or something similar?)

Nothing is in production as of yet and there is more flexibility on the cluster computing side. The nodes will be Linux-based and GPU/CUDA capable.

As new services, their relative popularity and usage pattern are yet unknown -- I'm wondering what options are available to allocate the nodes dynamically. One strategy is, of course, to assign a separate/fixed set of compute nodes to each manager and adjust the balance over time. Another approach might use Qube's ability to (un)block worker nodes on a schedule with a corresponding action on the LSF side (?).

I have inquired directly to pipelineFX about this as well. I have heard (indirectly) that some level of integration is possible, but nothing concrete so far...

Your input is much appreciated -- many thanks!


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