Bring the Pain (SGE 6.2u5+ on Mac OS X 10.6.7)

30 Mar 2011 Bring the Pain (SGE 6.2u5+ on Mac OS X 10.6.7)

{crossposting to bioteam & }

The entire point of this post is to show a modern, free (non Oracle) version of Grid Engine running on a 64bit Mac OS X system running OS X 10.6.7…

The screencaps are from “Grid Engine 8.0.0alpha” taken from the Univa-controlled fork hosted over at github.

This is a side effect of my efforts to get closer to the SGE source and get back into the swing of being able to (relatively) easily build binaries from the source tree when needed.

Eventually my personal “courtesy binaries” for Grid Engine will all end up here:

Realistically speaking I think BioTeam will try to maintain binaries for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Linux as well as 64-bit versions for the shrinking world of Mac OS X based cluster systems running Grid Engine.

Running Grid Engine on a Mac is pretty much a losing proposition in 2011 now that Apple has clearly made the switch to becoming a consumer electronics company. As an enterprise operating system, server or compute node it’s a choice now only for legacy systems and perhaps engineering nerds like myself who use Mac laptops as workstations and like to have our “tools” running locally…

This particular OS X build actually went pretty smoothly, I managed to get all components to compile including the X11 ‘qmon’ GUI and the Java-based GUI installer. Had to build with “-no-secure” though which removes the SSL-based “CSP Secure Mode” installation option. I’ll keep trying to get the integrated SSL stuff to work but it’s not a dealbreaker — in many years I think I’ve only found one or two sites that actually operate SGE with certificate-enabled CSP mode.

OS X binaries for Grid Engine have not been uploaded to the site yet as I want to test on a different Mac then the build host just to make sure nothing will bomb out due to missing dependencies
. { The OS X binaries have been uploaded }

All the usual problems of running SGE on 10.6+ based systems apply though. I had to use the method described in my 2010 blog post to actually get the daemons running.

Osx sge 1

Osx sge 2

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  • Gavin
    Posted at 12:39h, 31 March Reply

    I have a cluster of Apple Xservers. It has been one of my problem systems. I’m looking to re-image and am excited that there is a new build of Grid Engine.

    Do you know if it is possible to enforce h_vmem on Mac OS X?


    • blogadmin
      Posted at 15:22h, 31 March Reply

      Hi Gavin, it’s been so long since I’ve done h_vmem limits that I don’t know for sure about it on OS X. There is a bunch of activity firing up around OS X and I know Rayson and others are looking at things and building binaries for Apple systems. Your question might get answered faster if you ask it on the new email list. I can test h_vmem locally but not until I rebuild my SGE test box. –Chris

  • Nathan Dunfield
    Posted at 16:12h, 19 March Reply

    The link for the “courtesy binaries” is broken. Any chance they are available elsewhere?

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