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Re: [Condor-users] Max number of nodes on a condor cluster

On Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 at 9:39 AM, Stian Mikelsen wrote:

Hi, all.


I am comparing Condor to LSF and Torque, and just wanted to know how how many nodes a Condor cluster can handle? Would for instance 100k nodes be a problem?

That's a somewhat apples-to-oranges comparison, but okay.

A 100,000 execute slots is definitely a very, very big pool. I'm doubtful you could make this work as a single pool. But it is certainly possible to link multiple pool together to make this kind of capacity available -- the decentralized approach to grid computing. In some ways, this is what FNAL and others are doing over OSG and TeraGrid. You can search through some past CondorWeek presentations for some talks on scalability from Igor Sfiligoi, Dennis Box and others for details on how they do this: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/condor/past_condor_weeks.html

There's an interesting paper by Wolinsky et al. on decentralized grid architectures here: http://www.davidwolinsky.com/static/files/DecentralizedGrids.pdf -- that references some work by The Condor Group at U.Wisc. Unfortunately no published date on that paper. It has some upper bound numbers in it, though I can't say how accurate they are.

Looking that current public pool data I have, the biggest single pool is ~11k slots.

I'd doubt even *GE or LSF could do a 100,000 execution slots in a *single* pool. That's the realm of distributed, loosely coupled pools, no matter what technology is driving the scheduling of jobs. I am, however, often wrong. :)

- Ian

Ian Chesal

Cycle Computing, LLC
Leader in Open Compute Solutions for Clouds, Servers, and Desktops
Enterprise Condor Support and Management Tools



Best Regards

Stian Mikelsen

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