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Review: Grid Engine Computing Video by Sun Java

Hi, I wrote a long review for this video, but can’t post it on youtube (500 character limitation).


Introduction to grid computing and the Grid Engine product with Fritz Ferstl and Miha Ahronovitz. Includes demo.

Please leave a comment on the video. Did you learn something? Were you bored? Do you want to see more?


My Review

I just watched the video and am giving some feedback.
Nice work guys.
Looks like you guys were going to talk to someone on the left in the beginning 🙂 But that’s just director issues. No problem.

The content:

Those examples Fritz gave made no sense in the beginning! Even for a scientist. “Generic dynamic service grids” (must have made this up on the fly), “globally connected resource pools” (makes some sense, but no.).

“boosting productivity, maximizing resource utilization, …blah blah” that all means nothing if you are trying to explain the thing.
“user focused on their core task” – sigh. What reading their emails? Browsing the web?
“decision support” – not in this talk.
“flexible and easy to use”, “time to market” – come’on, enough marketing spam.

OK, the purpose of the video?
– To educate people who know nothing about pc’s? This will never work at this level.
– For technically people? It’s too high level, I understand what a cluster is and that it has to be balanced (obviously).

This video makes the grid look like a game where you drag stuff around?

Is the grid engine a C or Java application that distributes itself to other computers (after setting up the SSH/RSH permissions to the other machines) in the grid specified in a config file of sorts? Or is it listening on a port for broadcast messages for machines running the grid client software?

Details people; otherwise this video helps no-one.

The idea is awesome though. Thanks.



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