Non standard operating systems
ARCS provides support for operating systems other than those used in the Managed Operating Environment (MOE).
Please log any issues through the 17000 Service Portal
While we will attempt to support all non-standard operating systems, our expertise covers:
Windows Operating Systems (other than XP 32bit)
Redhat Linux Grid
The University of Newcastle has a grid of Redhat Linux compute nodes that are combined under SUN gridengine software.
The Linux grid is best suited to non-interactive 'batch' jobs where the data is read in from a file and results are written to an output file. Interactive jobs are usually run one at a time and may have to wait until a free grid node is available. There are other non-grid nodes available for interactive jobs and compiling/developing software.
The current grid configuration consists of a grid head node that maintains the queues, a submit node on which jobs are compiled/test run/submitted to the grid and a number of execute nodes on which your program is executed. The execute nodes are configured identically and there is no way to tell which node will be selected by the grid. The hardware configuration of the grid is as follows:
• Grid Head: 64 bit Sun Solaris 10 x86 (1x Opteron CPUs with 1GB ram)
• Submit Node: 64 bit Redhat AS4 Linux (2x Opteron CPUs with 4GB ram)
• 14 Execute Nodes: 64 bit Redhat AS4 Linux (2x Opteron CPUs with 4GB ram)
Additional information is available in the ArcsGrid User Documentation (PDF).
If you would like to run jobs on the Linux Grid please contact the 17triplezero IT Service Desk on ext 17000.