Stop Waiting in Line: Jump the HPC Job Queue with TANGO Now

Stop Waiting in Line: Jump the HPC Job Queue with TANGO Now
August 31, 2018 Joel Lomman

Stop Waiting in Line!

Jump the HPC Job Queue with TANGO Now.

We are all different sure, but, there are a few things that unite all of us as humans. For example, everyone likes a cute puppy picture (and people who say they don’t are just acting tough), everyone needs food and water for survival, and equally important, everyone dislikes queuing. No one in the history of man has ever arrived at the post office (or the equivalent), only to be faced with a queue of ten deep and said – “oh thank goodness, its been so long since I have had the chance to wait in line.”

Nonetheless, it is a part of life, it is a part of going to Centrelink, of going to a show or going to Disney World, and we all accept it. We cop it on the chin because it is something that is required if we are going to get to the end of the line, where, upon arrival we are rewarded with the very thing we have been dreaming our whole life about (in the case of Disney World that is. In another scenario we just get the opportunity to post a gift to Aunty Beth, still good though, you can tick that of the jobs list).

And for researchers with High Performance Computing (HPC) needs, it is much the same story. Often to get a HPC job complete, researchers have to wait for a significant amount of time in queue for resources to be available and their job to be run. 

Although no more! For this very common pain point for researchers, we created TANGO Now!

TANGO Now provides a personal HPC node, customizable to your computing requirements.

With a dedicated resource, researchers can have unlimited ‘walltime’ and won’t have to wait in a queue; meaning your work is always a priority.


How will TANGO Now benefit my research?

TANGO Now shares the same software library as TANGO HPC and is powered by TANGO Cloud.

Users of TANGO HPC will be familiar with the SLURM job queuing system and know that jobs submitted don’t always run immediately, as they will sometimes have to wait for other research jobs to finish and resources to become available.

With TANGO Now, users will have their own dedicated job queue, with the compute power configured to their needs, so resources will be reserved exclusively for their jobs to run right away.

TANGO Now can be shared within research groups and can be reconfigured to add more compute resource if needed. eRSA storage volumes can be attached so you won’t need to spend time transferring data between platforms.


So stop waiting in-line. 

If you are already a TANGO user and have an eRSA account, you can choose the ‘TANGO Now’ option from the TANGO Cloud catalogue and configure the VM with the CPU and RAM needed for your HPC jobs.

Otherwise, if you are interested in a HPC service without the wait time, contact us to discuss your options today.

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