Torque Birds of a Feather at SC ’15

Time flies so fast. I can’t believe Supercomputing is here again and it is time for another Torque Birds of a Feather (BoF). This is the sixth Torque BoF in the last seven years and it almost seems it would not be Supercomputing without a Torque BoF. Over the years this meeting of community members has led to impressive advancements in the Torque resource manager. This is the chance for the Torque developers to meet face to face with the users  and learn first hand what it is users need  developers to do to make their jobs easier and more productive.


The focus of this year’s BoF will be around Torque 6.0.0.  The new features really make Torque a work horse in the data center.  This latest version has introduced a new resource request syntax which allows users to request asymmetric hardware resources within the same job request. It also gives users more control over where their jobs will run within the hardware requested. This will improve job performance and predictability. Torque 6.0.0 has also introduced the use of cgroups to better manage jobs and resource accounting. Of course these are just some highlights of what these new improvements can do. The BoF will go into detail about all the new features. It will present how to use them and how they will improve the end users experience when working with Torque.

The Torque BoF is scheduled for

Tuesday, November 17

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

I do not have a room number yet so look on your schedule when you arrive at Supercomputing this year. This is the perfect venue for introducing these new features. The first part of the meeting will be a presentation of the new Torque functionality followed by a question, answer and comment period where anything Torque is allowed. This is a great chance to hear about what other users are doing, where trends may be moving and ask questions of the Torque team.

If you do not get your fill of Torque at the BoF you can come to what is becoming a traditional Torque dinner which will be held right after the meeting. Come to the Adaptive Computing Booth #833 to find out where we will be eating this year. This is another great informal setting where you can meet other users and people from Adaptive Computing.

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