Summer 2008 Grid Engine Training Workshops

We are please to announce the start of a new regular open-enrollment training workshop series aimed at making users and cluster administrators more experienced, more comfortable and more productive with Sun Grid Engine.

Starting first in the Boston area and expanding elsewhere if demand allows we are offering the following Grid Engine training workshops:

1-Day Grid Engine User/Usage Workshop Dates

  • April 15, 2008
  • June 17, 2008

2-Day Grid Engine Administration Workshop Dates

  • April 16-17, 2008
  • June 18-19, 2008

Registration & Enrollment Deadlines

To register, contact info@bioteam.net

  • Registration ends for the April workshops on April 7th, 2008
  • Registration ends for the June workshops on June 9th, 2008

Workshop Location:

Residence Inn by Marriott (link)
6 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA, 02142 USA

SGE User Workshop Description

BioTeam is the first organization to offer open-enrollment training focused on making people more comfortable and more productive. Our goal is to help users, application integrators and developers understand Grid Engine features and capabilities in a way that allows them to become more productive at home. New SGE cluster operators or systems administrators may also benefit from the user and usage-centric perspective.

SGE Admin Workshop Description

Intended to provide comprehensive coverage of Grid Engine administration in a small-group, highly interactive setting. This workshop covers more in-depth technical material than other “Advanced” SGE training offerings. However, we do not use the word “Advanced” to describe this workshop, as Grid Engine sourcecode details, internal data structures, JGDI, ARCo queries and the DRMAA API are not typically addressed.

Workshop Brochure (click to download)

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SGE User Workshop Details

Duration

1 Day

Cost

$375 USD (special pricing through June 2008). List price: $475 USD.

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in a user-centric view of distributed computing with Grid Engine. Note: this is not an advanced operator/admin course.

Our goal is to help users, application integrators and developers understand Grid Engine features and capabilities in a way that allows them to become more productive at home. New SGE cluster operators or administrators also may benefit from the user and usage-centric perspective.

Scope

Our materials use the open source Sun Grid Engine 6 product from http://gridengine.sunsource.net. Lab systems may run version 6.0 although 6.1 specific features can be addressed. Upon request, SGE 5.x behavior and features can also be covered.

Difficulty

No Grid Engine experience necessary but attendees should be comfortable with Linux and a bit of shell/perl scripting in order to work with demo code and examples presented in the longer seminar format. The seminar is targeted towards new or moderately experienced Grid Engine users. Individuals with advanced Grid Engine skills will not gain much from this 1-day seminar – we are considering offering future sessions targeted specifically at advanced end-user audiences.

Prerequisites

Attendees must bring wireless-capable laptops. A SSH client is required in order to connect to the classroom and lab systems.

Workshop Content Outline

I. Clustering Overview
II. Grid Problem Types
III. Distributed Resource Management
- Overview
- What it provides
IV. How Grid Engine Works
- Job Types
- Resource Allocation
- Policies
- Tickets
- Architecture
- Scheduling
V. Basic Usage
- Running Jobs
- Checking Status
- Troubleshooting
VI. Advanced Usage
- Resource requests
- Job Arrays
- Job Dependencies
- Simple Workflows
- Parallel Environments
- Loose vs Tight parallel environment integration
- Understanding resources & the SGE complex
VII. Policy Based Resource Allocation
- Overview
- How it works
- Effect on end-users
- Commonly seen implementations
VIII. Grid Engine Application Integration
- Standalone applications & web front-ends
- Parallel applications
- Licensed applications


SGE Administration Workshop Details

Duration

2 Days

Cost

$1,100 USD (special pricing through June 2008). List price: $1,400 USD.

Intended Audience

New or existing Grid Engine administrators or cluster operators.

Intended to provide comprehensive coverage of Grid Engine administration in a small-group, highly interactive setting.

Advanced Course?

This workshop covers more in-depth technical material than other “Advanced” SGE training offerings. However, we do not use the word “Advanced” to describe this workshop, as Grid Engine sourcecode issues, internal data structures, JGDI, ARCo queries and the DRMAA API are not typically addressed.

Scope

Our materials use the open source Sun Grid Engine 6 product from http://gridengine.sunsource.net. Lab systems may run version 6.0 although 6.1 specific features can be addressed. Differences between Grid Engine versions 5.x through 6.2 will be addressed.

Difficulty

Prior Grid Engine experience is highly desirable but not strictly required. We’ve run this workshop successfully with audiences of Linux and cluster system administrators having no previous SGE exposure.

Attendees should be comfortable and capable with Linux, command line operating envirinments and shell/perl scripting in order to work with demo code and classroom exercises.

Prerequisites

Attendees must bring wireless-capable laptops. A SSH client is required in order to connect to the classroom and lab systems.

Workshop Content Outline

I. Overview
- Grid Problem Types / High-throughput vs. High-performance
- Distributed Resource Management
-- DRM Benefits for Users & Workgroups
-- DRM Benefits for operators & organizations
- How Grid Engine Works
- Grid Engine Architecture
- Grid Engine Job Lifecycle
II. Installation & Deployment
- Pre-installation decisions
- Spooling & High Availability issues / decision points
- Template driven autoinstallation
- CSP mode installation
III. CLI Configuration
- Command line operation
- Host and hostgroup configuration
- Cluster configuration
- Queue configuration
- Parallel Environments
- Resources & the SGE Complex
- Load Sensors
- Access Control
- Aliases & Default requests
IV. SGE 5.x vs. 6.x vs. 6.1x
- Feature & behavior differences between major SGE release milestones
V. SGE Usage for Admins
- Brief review of SGE usage with focus on User-centric needs
VI. Monitoring & Reporting
- System Monitoring
- SGE Accounting
- SGE Reporting
- Accounting & Reporting tools
- 3rd party tools & utilities
VII. Policies & Resource Allocation
- Ticket-based Policies
-- Share Tree
-- Functional
- Urgency & Override Policies
- Resource Reservations & Backfilling
- Resource Quotas
IX. Application & Workflow Integration
X. Troubleshooting
- Cluster, job and general-purpose troubleshooting & diagnostics

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  1. [...] Both sets of workshops will be held at the Residence Inn Marriott in Cambridge, MA.  Special introductory pricing is being offered at $375 for the user course and $1100 for the admin course.  For more info on dates/content/pricing, head over to BioTeam website. [...]

  2. Patrick says:

    As someone who’s taken the admin workshop before – I recommend it! Definitely worth the time and cost.

  3. Chris is an excellent instructor and brilliant when it comes to SGE. I’ve taken the course and highly recommend it. I find it amazing what Chris can get SGE to do. He’s a great resource for SGE and HPC in general.

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