Already well known for their exceedingly eclectic and downright COOL videos, the SUSE team applied their well-honed skills to capturing all of the presentations delivered in their booth on the show floor at SC17 last month in Denver. In our wrap-up post for SC17 we promised to follow up regarding these presentations; this is the second of those three posts.
For the past few months now, Univa has been systematically working to change the dialogue regarding rules – especially if you’re a sysadmin. Let’s face it, for many, “rules” are synonymous with restrictions, constraints, designed-in impediments, etc. – the opposite of fun! Well, if you look it up, you’ll quickly see that none of this negativity is actually baked into the definition of “rules” from the outset. And in this regard, the recent availability of a Rules Engine in Univa Unisight encourages us to rethink rules as enabling, empowering, and yes, even liberating – which sounds a whole lot more like FUN!
To be clear, this is about a whole lot more than mere use of rules to generate alerts – Univa Unisight has already been there, done that, and got the T-shirt. In this case, we’re talking about being able to cast workload-management metadata as variables, and then passing those variables to one or more ‘handlers’ for action. The approach is powerful enough that it can stand back, take stock of currently executing workloads, and pick jobs whose execution can be preempted by higher-priority jobs; in other words, we’ve made use of the Rules Engine in Univa Unisight to automate a Univa Grid Engine policy for preemptive scheduling.
In our presentation that SUSE captured (see below), we framed this exciting new Univa Unisight capability in a broader context, indicating how it can be applied to applications executing in containers, clusters and/or clouds where SLES is made use of as the Linux operating environment. Although this presentation (BTW: slides can be found here) serves well as an introduction, please have a look at our more-fulsome, recent demonstrations on our blog and in our webinar series.
Finally, and this really is a case of saving the ‘best part’ to the end, Univa Unisight comes with the license included – well, if you’re an existing Univa customer who has already licensed use of Univa Grid Engine, that is.
We, and our customers, are already making great strides with the Rules Engine capability of Univa Unisight. As I state in the presentation, this really is a case of a blank canvas for rules limited only by your imagination. We look forward to introducing Univa Unisight to you, and then checking in periodically to see how you’re making use of it; so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to learn from us, or to teach us!
Please stay tuned for the details on the final talk we delivered in the SUSE booth at SC17.