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We have a few computers that are used for simulations in physics which are run by a few people. I would like to install some queuing system to submit tasks and to fairly share resources. What would you recommend for single machine and for cluster? I'm interested in free solutions.

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For a single machine, the at command is probably enough. It allows you to configure your task to only run when your resource usage is low (<0.8) using the -b (batch) switch, or you can specify priority using the letters a-z.


at -q b now /home/myname/

equivalent to:

batch /home/myname/

For clusters, use GNU Queue.

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Neither at nor batch isn't good for me because it doesn't balance usage between many users, but I'll look at GNU Queue – klew Oct 1 '09 at 16:35
You asked for an answer for a single machine though as well, so I'm not sure what you're getting at. – John T Oct 1 '09 at 17:56

In our lab, we use PBS/Torque, and it works fairly well.

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