Mike Castle (dalgoda@...) has volunteered to
become the new GNU Queue maintainer!
GNU Queue is once again an active project!
From his homepage (www.netcom.com/~dalgoda/) it sounds
like he is a very competent system administrator, so I
think we are in very good hands here and look forward
to seeing what Mike can and will do with GNU Queue.
I suppose the thing to say right off the bat is that
I'm not sure how familar Mike will be with some of the
discussions I've had on and off-line with many of you
regarding GQ's features.
There have been some widely differing opinions.
The Debian people, for example, stress reliability and
low-latency (which we tried to do when go rid of the
NFS protocol). Other people would like a very simple
project (perhaps even a shell script). Others want
interactive load balancing and minimal end-user
training via the proxy interface (our strong point).
Others wanted installation by non-root users. The
Internet Draft people wanted an Internet-wide protocol
that would be highly scalable, be IPv6 compatible and
work across NAT boxes (and this can be to some extent
because we have a peer-to-peer protocol; if it's made
non-deterministic and keeps track of its network
neighbor's responses, it can be made extremely
scalable. Going across NAT boxes with IPv4 is another
matter, although that can be tackled as well. The
Texas Instrument/Alantro people wanted centralized
control, and they wanted a client-server and
SQL-database protocol, which they added but which
hasn't been popular. Some people wanted Free process
migration in various forms, which we added. Others
have complained about the documentation and how that
should look. And so on.
So, I hope you'll get Mike up to speed with your
latest opinions on what GQ should look like going into
the future as I think that will be a tremendous help
Mike ... take it from here!
Werner G. Krebs, Ph.D.
San Diego Supercomputer Center MC 0527
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0527, USA
+1 858 822 3620
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