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Re: [HTCondor-users] Invitation to try Bosco


It took me a lot of effort to convince the university library IT admins and then install Condor on the 400+ public library PCs.
I thought Condor might be a great service to the university community, to offer otherwise wasted computational resources.
I now have Condor running on almost 400 WIndows PCs (dual core), with on average 4000 CPU hours idle time per day!

I have given seminars and instructional talks to researchers and students, how to use the condor commands for submitting jobs etc.

At the end they ask me where is the "click-with-the-mouse" application to use Condor......

So from my perspective, if something like Condor wants to reach out to a modern research community, an interface or web-portal is necessary.

Are there any plans in that direction?



----- Original Message -----
From: Derek Weitzel <dweitzel@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: HTCondor-Users Mail List <htcondor-users@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 8:59 AM
Subject: [HTCondor-users] Invitation to try Bosco

Dear HTCondor Users,

The Open Science Grid / HTCondor / Campus Grid team is inviting you to test drive a new capability called Bosco. Bosco has been developed to make it easier for researchers to grab and utilize high throughput computing resources, without leaving their desktop. It utilizes all the familiar Condor capabilities that you know, but provides an easy to install package that adds a handful of new capabilities:

* Easy to install on a Llinux or Mac computer and send HTC jobs directly to your cluster.
* Sends jobs to both HTCondor systems and other batch systems such as PBS and SGE.
* User just installs, tells Bosco about the submit node where they can login, and then submits jobs.
* All that is required is for a user to have an ssh login on the submit node -- no administrator support needed.

To get started, click on the "Quickstart" tab on the Bosco website: http://bosco.opensciencegrid.org.

While many of you are expert Condor users, please consider Bosco as a tool that may make it easier for your colleagues who may not be Condor experts to also enjoy the benefits of high throughput computing.

(There are also some features for expert users, such as scheduling workloads across many different compute clusters, including clusters managed with PBS and SGE in addition to HTCondor. Read the full "install document" linked at the top of the Quickstart guide for this advanced capability.)

We welcome your help and comments. You are invited to give it a try and let us know how to continue improving on this capability. Please send comments to bosco-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx You may also receive a survey in a few days to let us know your thoughts and experiences.

Thank you kindly,

The Bosco team

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