With the encouragement of Werner Krebs and Richard Stallman, I humbly
accept the responsibility for maintaining and leading development of GNU
Queue. I have posted to this list a few times already, so hopefully I
don't seem like I'm coming out of nowhere. I will briefly introduce
I am presently graduate student in the field of Genetics and Development
at Cornell University. My present research interests are in population
genetics and the study of standing diversity in wild plant populations
with potential applications to improvement of domesticated varieties. My
undergraduate study was in Computer Science, also at Cornell. As a
Computer Science student my interests were primarily in distributed
systems and cryptography. My interest in GNU Queue comes from an
increasing need in the age of genomics for computational power. With
cheap PCs making it possible for many labs to purchase their own small
dedicated cluster systems, many groups including my lab here at Cornell
need a simple and robust scheduling and distribution system. I
identified GNU Queue (from the online documentation) as the best
solution for our group's needs, but quickly found it had withered on the
vine and became interested in trying to update/fix GQ.
The next few weeks will be very busy for me, but I hope to post more
information shortly on what I want to do to get started. Since I began
inquiry into what was happening with GNU Queue development, I have begun
development of a new code base. I will propose shortly to this list to
replace the existing GNU Queue code as given on sourceforge with this
system, once I have time to write more about it.
I should also mention that I am somewhat concerned about whether or not
I can spare sufficient time to provide consistent development and
responsiveness to community. I will see what I can manage for the next 6
months and resign at that time if I find the project is too much a
burden for me or the community feels insufficient progress has been made
and another developer is interested in taking the lead.
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