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I have several machines that I want to use them in the following way: There is a central queue of tasks/jobs(that i can define) on some machine, there are other machines that when are free of tasks they should go to that machine and acquire a task to be implemented form that queue. I don't want to log into all synchronization problems and implement the protocol myself. I'm pretty sure this is something like that in open source, can you point me some?

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What you describe is a piece of software called a "batch scheduler", which is common in HPC. Popular open source ones are Sun Grid Engine (SGE), Torque, and SLURM.

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