Cluster Resources Inc., announced that TORQUE Resource Manager passed a new milestone in its
continued success, reaching 50,000 downloads since August 2005.
Terascale Open-Source Resource and QUEue Manager, more commonly known
as TORQUE, is a resource manager derived from the original Open PBS
project that provides control over batch jobs and distributed compute
nodes. With more than 2,500 patches and enhancements since its release
in 2004, TORQUE has incorporated significant advances in the areas of
scalability, flexibility and feature extensions.
“We are pleased to be part of the TORQUE community project that
continues to provide a leading resource management solution for Top 500
systems and thousands of other clusters worldwide,” said David Jackson,
CTO of Cluster Resources. “Combining professional development, testing,
support and documentation with the extensive support and development
contributions of the TORQUE community, has proven to be highly
Over the past six months, TORQUE downloads have grown almost
exponentially. Cluster Resources recorded approximately 33,000 total
downloads from February through July, nearly double the previous
six-month’s total. TORQUE is also included for download in most of the
major cluster building kits, including ROCKS, OSCAR, xCAT and others.
When including these kits, downloads over the past year are estimated
at more than 100,000.
Cluster Resources -- providers of the Moab family of workload
management products -- professionally maintains and develops TORQUE,
incorporating hundreds of feature extension patches from NCSA, OSC,
USC, U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia, PNNL, U of Buffalo, Teragrid
and many other leading HPC institutions and individuals in the user
community. Cluster Resources also supports and maintains the TORQUE
documentation and user lists, and provides current versions and patches
Through TORQUE’s user lists and documentation Wiki, community members
are able to submit or view patches, suggestions or questions in the
archive, and contribute new information to the user manual, providing
an active forum for the development of new ideas.
Garrick Staples, a lead developer of TORQUE, attributes the continued
development of TORQUE to the collaborative efforts of the user
community and Cluster Resources.
“Since many TORQUE users are the administrators of their own clusters,
their needs often drive the competitive edge of our development focus,”
Staples said. “TORQUE also has the strong backing of Cluster Resources,
through whose leadership, the collective wisdom and requirements of
thousands of sites worldwide are being plugged directly into TORQUE.”
To facilitate community involvement in TORQUE development, Cluster
Resources recently began the use of Subversion -- an open-source
version control system dedicated to source configuration management. By
integrating anonymous checkout through Subversion, users can more
easily access the TORQUE source code to test and implement their own
“We take suggestions for improvements seriously,” said Josh Butikofer,
a product manager for Cluster Resources. “Whenever users make
suggestions and improvements, or request that TORQUE be able to perform
an additional task, the community works together to try and find a way
to make it happen.”
Before making any changes to the original source code, Cluster
Resources tests the relevant submission enhancements in order to ensure
the continued reliability and functionality of TORQUE.
Cluster Resources focuses on enabling long-term core enhancements to
TORQUE in the areas of scalability, security, reliability and
usability. In recent versions of TORQUE, Cluster Resources has
implemented a number of significant feature enhancements including
tight PAM integration, improved SGI CPUSet support, initial job array
support, and dynamic resource definitions. The newest version of
TORQUE, 2.1.2, offers X11 forwarding and also supports client-commands
on Windows using Cygwin.
TORQUE is currently in use at hundreds of leading government, academic,
and commercial sites throughout the world and is used on many of the
world's largest clusters and grids. TORQUE scales from single SMP
machines and clusters to sites with tens of thousands of jobs and
nearly 10,000 processors.
“We look forward to continuing the same level of development excellence
that has led to TORQUE's success,” Jackson said. “We welcome
cluster users everywhere to try out TORQUE, to get involved and to help
cultivate the type of ideas that have produced one of the best
community resource management solutions in the HPC industry.”