TORQUE Resource Manager

TORQUE Resource Manager provides control over batch jobs and distributed computing resources. It is an advanced open-source product based on the original PBS project* and incorporates the best of both community and professional development. It incorporates significant advances in the areas of scalability, reliability, and functionality and is currently in use at tens of thousands of leading government, academic, and commercial sites throughout the world. TORQUE may be freely used, modified, and distributed under the constraints of the included license.

TORQUE can integrate with Moab Workload Manager to improve overall utilization, scheduling and administration on a cluster. Customers who purchase Moab family products also receive free support for TORQUE.

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FEATURE SET

TORQUE has aggressive development from the community and Adaptive Computing with continuing advancements in high availability, advanced diagnostics, job arrays, advanced GPGPU scheduling, high-throughput support, and other functionality. TORQUE incorporates the best contributions from both community and professional development teams and also offers community and professional support options. Because of this TORQUE is an industry-standard resource manager solution with higher adoption than any other resource management offering. TORQUE provides enhancements over other resource managers in following areas:

Fault Tolerance

  • Additional failure conditions checked/handled
  • Node health check script support

Scheduling Interface

  • Extended query interface providing the scheduler with additional and more accurate information
  • Extended control interface allowing the scheduler increased control over job behavior and attributes
  • Allows the collection of statistics for completed jobs

Scalability

  • Significantly improved server to MOM communication model
  • Ability to handle larger clusters with tens of thousands of nodes and jobs
  • Ability to handle larger jobs that span hundreds of thousands of processors
  • High responsiveness and reliability with multi-threading and TCP-based communication

Usability

  • Extensive logging additions
  • More human readable logging (i.e. no more ‘error 15038 on command 42′)

TORQUE Status

We are continuing to collect community patches to incorporate into the TORQUE distribution. We are also focusing on further functionality, scalability and fault tolerance enhancements to extend the numerous changes already made.

TORQUE is freely available for download from adaptive.wpengine.com. Adaptive Computing is the custodian of the TORQUE open-source project and is actively developing the code base in cooperation with the TORQUE community to provide state-of-the-art resource and job management. TORQUE users may subscribe to TORQUE’s mailing list or view the archive for questions, comments or patches. Please send mail to this list or send it directly to torqueusers@supercluster.org if you have any patches to contribute or if you are aware of any issues in the distribution.


*This product includes software developed by NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Veridian Information Solutions, Inc. Visit www.OpenPBS.org for OpenPBS software support, products, and information. TORQUE is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with Altair Grid Solutions, Inc. PBSPro, the commercial release of PBS, can be purchased through Altair.