This publication describes the Cray Network Queuing Environment (NQE). NQE is a set of clients and servers that lets users submit, monitor, and control work across a load-balanced network of hosts. NQE supports computing in a large network; up to 36 servers and hundreds of clients using the NQE database model, or an unlimited number of NQS servers. This grouping of servers and clients is referred to as an NQE cluster.
NQE consists of the following components that provide a seamless environment for client users to do their work:
An NQE client provides the client user interfaces to NQE. It supports the submission, monitoring, and control of work from the workstation for job execution of the batch request on the nodes. It provides the NQE graphical user interface (GUI) that lets users submit batch requests to a central storage database, to control these requests, and to obtain status on their batch requests and file transfers.
The Network Queuing System (NQS) initiates requests on NQS servers. An NQS server is the host on which NQS runs.
The Network Load Balancer (NLB) provides status and control of work scheduling within the group of components in the NQE cluster. The NLB offers NQS a list of servers, in order of preference, to run a request; NQS uses the list to route the request.
The NQE database provides an alternative mechanism for distributing work. Requests are submitted and stored centrally. The NQE scheduler examines each request and determines when and where the request is run.
The File Transfer Agent (FTA) provides asynchronous and synchronous file transfer. You can queue your transfers so that they are retried if a network link fails.
This introduction describes basic user tasks, provides instructions on how to get help online, and provides troubleshooting information.
The following documents contain additional information that may be helpful (this introductory guide is also provided online):
NQE User's Guide, publication SG-2148, provides detailed user-level information, such as how to perform user tasks by using either the NQE GUI or the command line interface, and how to customize your environment.
NQE Administration, publication SG-2150, provides information on configuring, monitoring, and controlling NQE.
NQE Installation, publication SG-5236, describes how to install or upgrade the NQE software.
NQE Release Overview, publication RO-5237, provides NQE release information.
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