I've installed Sun Grid Engine on 10 nodes, and one virtual master host.

Now I have to monitor all the resources prior to launching it into production, but I don't know which is the best way. I've tried using xml-qstat, but it seems unstable.

Any tips or suggestions?

Anyone got experience on this?


4 Answers 4


You could use Ganglia. We use Ganglia with 1000s of nodes at the Holland Computing Center and for the most part, it seems to work fairly well, especially if you are looking for historical graphs. Nagios is used for active monitoring.

  • I had gone with this, and it's quite easy and none cpu consuming. Many thanks.
    – Marc Riera
    May 10, 2010 at 16:14

If I am understanding you correctly you need to monitor bunch of grid servers. What kind of monitoring do you have in mind? Perhaps something like Nagios with some additional scripting could fit your needs?

There is an example over here.

  • I thought he meant monetize. Apr 21, 2010 at 21:46
  • I don't care much about the money. :) And Nagios, it's too generic I think. I'm looking for something which can fit with sun grid engine, maybe hadoop. It's a grid and this means that I must nomitorize each cpu/process separately, not only the service and the performance.
    – Marc Riera
    Apr 21, 2010 at 22:04
  • Well, Nagios is only as generic as you want it to be. The real value of Nagios is that it can be made to work with anything. So if you figure out how to extract the data you want xml-qstat you can feed it into Nagios. For graphing the data and keeping it for historical purposes you can use Cacti. Again, like with Nagios, you could feed anything into Cacti and get pretty pictures you can show to the management. It's just depends how much effort you want to put into this project.
    – solefald
    Apr 21, 2010 at 22:15

Just for the record, also Munin (http://munin-monitoring.org/) is very nice.


It sounds like you're more interested in metrics than uptime or availability. Circonus (http://circonus.com/) is a good fit here. You can correlate virtually any metrics, which can be imported over the Resmon XML DTD.


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