[mailto:condor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ben Rogers
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 5:49 PM
To: Condor-Users Mail List
Subject: Re: [Condor-users] Unix jobs on Windows PCs
I have done some testing using Virtual Machines as condor compute nodes. The
testing that I have done that is most similar to what you are looking for is
running a Linux instance from a Windows XP box using VMWare Server. This set up
worked reasonably well, but it did leave the Windows machine fairly
unresponsive (only a single P4 3.4GHz with 3GB of ram, it might be better if
you have dual core/cpu systems).
This was problematic since the condor client was running in the Linux VM and
you couldn’t detect any properties of usage on the Windows XP system, which
means you can’t suspend or vacate jobs on keyboard activity or load
characteristics. Because of this I discontinued the couple of test systems that
I had up and running. There may be some way to capture activity information,
but it wasn’t immediately obvious to me. From what I’ve seen so far the best
way to leverage XP boxes is to make them available for condor only during off
hours (if you are looking to run *nix jobs) and either use virtual machines or
dual boot. You then schedule the machines to reboot after hours and then prior
to reopening in the morning.
The virtual machine route was appealing to us because we weren’t really adding
another platform to support. We briefly considered Cygwin but decided that it
would be too much like having to support yet another *nix variant in our
environment. Hope that helps,
Dept. of Psychiatry
University of Iowa
On 2/28/07 5:22 PM, "Michael P Smith" <msmith@xxxxxxx> wrote:
First, my apologies if this is too broad for this list.
We’re looking into setting up a Condor flock using the machines in our public
labs. These machines run Windows. We’d like to run Unix jobs on
these boxes. We’re looking into things like running virtual Linux
machines on these Windows boxes and other options.
Is anyone out there doing something like this? If so, could you tell us
what kind of configuration you have? Are you doing virtual machines,
Cygwin, or other options?
Thanks in advance.
Manager, Application Development
User Support and Student IT Enablement
LSU Information Technology Services
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