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We have about 10 heterogeneous machines we would like to run various jobs on. The current situation is that people log in on a machine with ssh, see if other people are running stuff on it, then use screen to run the job.

I'd like to automate this process, but I don't have enough time to install a full-fledged cluster solution. So what's the simplest thing I can do?

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How about GNU Queue? it's fairly easy to set up.

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Quote: "At this moment there are no versions available for download". And "Development Status: 2 - Pre-Alpha". –  harrymc Jan 21 '10 at 14:03
    
Also, the website appears to be dead. It did seem like a good candidate, though. –  Peltier Jan 21 '10 at 14:10
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@Harry, if you actually read the website it says A completely new code base is under development. Previous versions are still available: ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-queue –  John T Jan 21 '10 at 14:24

If you need to run same jobs in parallel on many machines, check this excellent article (not really Debian-specific). You can then set up a cronjob on some 'master' machine that would perform it on others or just do it manually.

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That's nice, but at least some load balancing and queue management would be nice. –  Peltier Jan 21 '10 at 13:46

If it's just a few users and you want a quick solution, what about a centralized schedule/calendar? Just have people schedule time as they would a lab/conference room. it would take all of 25 min to setup and guaranties resources as long as everyone plays nice.

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That's basically what we're doing at the moment :) I want something a bit more automated, so we don't have to talk about it and can concentrate on more important stuff. –  Peltier Jan 21 '10 at 14:24
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I have not used it, but the guy sitting across from me said to look into torque. clusterresources.com/products/torque-resource-manager.php –  Will Jan 21 '10 at 14:33

I thing that SGE is pretty easy and straight forward. I even run it on all my machines at home.

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