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What is Grid Engine?

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Sun Grid Engine is a Load Management System (LMS) that allocates resources such as processors (CPU's), memory, disk-space, and computing time. Grid Engine like other LMS's enables transparent load sharing, controls the sharing of resources, and also implements utilization and site policies.

It has many characteristics including batch queuing and load balancing, as well as giving the users the ability to suspend/resume jobs and check the status of their jobs.

Grid Engine can be used through the command line or through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) called qmon, which both have the same set of commands.

Additional information about Grid Engine features will follow in the next sections and the documents referenced in this FAQ.