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News Enterprise Job schedulers Recommended Links SGE cheat sheet Commands Submitting parallel OpenMPI jobs
 Starting and Killing SGE Daemons Monitoring and Controlling Jobs Monitoring Queues Creating and modifying SGE Queues Job or Queue Reported in Error State E  
qconf qstat qmod qalter   qsub qacct
Managing User Access SGE Parallel Environment SGE Submit Scripts Submitting binaries in SGE SGE hostgroups  Message Passing Interface
Slot limits and restricting number of slots per server Resource Quotas Installation of SCE on a small set of multicore servers Installation of the Master Host Installation of the Execution Hosts Usage of NFS
Troubleshooting Gridengine diag tool Glossary Tips Humor Etc

Documentation for such a complex and powerful system is fragmentary and generally is of low quality. Even some man pages contain questionable information. Many does not explain features available well, or at all.

This is actually why this set of pages was created: to compensate for insufficient documentation for SGE. 

Although version of SGE generally are compatible, some features implementation depends on version used. See history for the list of major implementations.

Documentation to Sun version 6.x is floating on the Internet. See, for example, 

There ase docs for older versions too,

And some presentations

Some old Sun Blueprints about SGe still can be found too. But generally Oracle behaved horribly bad as a trustee of Sun documentation portal. They proved to to be simply jerks in this particular respect: discarding almost everything.

but those documents might still can earn some money for Oracle if they preserved the website. No they discarded everything mercilessly.

Documentation for Oracle Grid Engine which is now abandonware might also floating around.

The most comprehensive collection can be found at  abandoned site

General Grid Engine concepts

General Grid Engine concepts
Resource management
Cluster management
Special Applications
Tight Integration of Parallel Libraries
Accounting and Reporting Database (ARCo)
Profiling and Tracing


Introduction to Grid Engine video
Basic Usage
Common Administrative Tasks
Customization of Qmon
Migration of Qmaster to Another Machine
Setting Up a Shadow Master
Commonly Seen Problems

Resource management

Managing Resources Abstractly
Consumable Resources
Setting Up Load Sensors to Track Resource Availablility/Utilization
Different resource management approaches with Grid Engine
Tracking interactive idle time of desktop workstations
Relocating Jobs From a User's Workstation
Grid Engine Enterprise Edition
Sun Grid Engine, Enterprise Edition -- Configuration Use Cases and Guidelines
Scheduler Policies for Job Prioritization in the N1 Grid Engine 6 System
File Staging
Logical resource expressions
Resource quotas

Cluster management

Command Line and Scripting of Administrative Tasks
Submitting Binaries
Configure qrsh and qlogin to use ssh as transport protocol
Rotating and truncating Log Files
Reducing and Eliminating NFS Usage
Installing on a system with multiple network interfaces
Installing on a system with Solaris IP Multipathing
Deploying PCs with Grid Engine enabled KNOPPIX boot images
Using Host Groups and Cluster Queues
Running jobs on data kept (on a USB connected HD) in a separate network via sshfs

Special Applications

Grid Engine Hadoop Integration
Olesen-FLEXlm-Integration, also wiki documentation of the Olesen method
Using Clearcase
Using Mentor ModelSim and Mentor JobSpy
MultiClustering using Transfer Queues
Integration of SGE and Solaris 9 Resource Manager
SGE-Globus integration
Checkpointing jobs using SGE's checkpointing support
Checkpointing under Linux with Berkeley Lab Checkpoint/Restart
Integration of Meiosys MetaCluster HPC with N1[TM] Grid Engine 6
JAM - Job & Application Manager
JGrid - an RMI-based Java interface for Grid Engine

Tight Integration of Parallel Libraries

Tight Integration of LAM/MPI and SGE
Tight Integration of MPICH and SGE -- With Application Notes
Tight Integration of MPICH2 and SGE
Tight Integration of PVM and SGE
Mvapich (MPICH Infiniband) + Loose/Tight SGE Integration
Sun HPC Cluster Tools parallel jobs (MPI, MPI2, OpenMP)
Tight integration of Open MPI with SGE

Accounting and Reporting Database (ARCo)

ARCo and Oracle 10g Database
ARCo on MySQL Database
Space Requirements for the ARCo database

Profiling and Tracing

Grid Engine Tuning guide
Grid Engine Profiling HOWTO
Monitoring SGE Performance with DTrace


DRMAA C Binding
File Staging in Grid Engine 6.0 with DRMAA
DRMAA Java Language Binding
DRMAA Python Tutorial

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[Sep 24, 2014] Random findings

Nice Grid Engine training slides covering several basic topics can be found here in the HPC Knowledge Portal.

Here is a presentation at the Open Grid Forum (OGF) 28 about Sun Grid Engine 6.2u5.

For a general introduction you can read Sun Grid Engine for Dummies from DanT's Grid Blog.

[gridengine users] Old SUN docs for SGE

Dave Love at
Fri Feb 25 12:41:25 UTC 2011

"Kevin.Buckley at" <Kevin.Buckley at> writes:

> I am thinking of stuff like (my locally stored names but you'll
> get the jist)
> SGE-Admin-Guide-817-5677-20.pdf
> SGE-Installtion-Guide-817-6118-20.pdf
> SGE-Release-Notes-817-5678-20.pdf
> SGE-User-Guide-820-0699.pdf
> Some of our local documentation relating to the SGE grid we have
> across the School's machines put its faith in the "ubiquity of the
> interweb thing" (overrated if you ask me) and merely linked to
> stuff at which, although still ubiquitous it's true,
> is now seemingly devoid of content.

Yes, it's caused no end of grief for Sun customers.

> Are they, or are they likely to ever be, available in a publically
> accessible place again? Are they even in the public domain now?

No, if you mean copyright-wise. They're not even freely distributable
according to their copyright notice. There is a free licence on the
wiki docs that Hung-Sheng Tsao suggested
, and they're more up-to-date,
but I don't know if they have all the material from the old manuals.

I think you can get PDFs of the whole things, though they're not so
satisfactory, and the way to do it is rather buried somewhere on the

[gridengine users] FW 6.2u5 Man Pages

[gridengine users] FW: 6.2u5 Man Pages

Dave Love at
Wed Feb 23 18:07:33 UTC 2011
"Murphy, Brian (E IT F 45)" <brian.murphy at> writes:

> Thanks.  I have the man pages in my installation.  I was looking for the online
> version which seems to be more easily searched and cross-referenced (at least
> to me.)

If that means the html translations, with indexing (?), that used to be
on sunsource, then I don't think it's anywhere else now.  I could put up
a new version (probably without search), if someone convinces me it's
useful enough -- it's not entirely trivial.  Alternatively
`aimk -htmlman' might allow you to generate html, but I've a suspicion
it has a problem in the released source.  It should work from a tarball



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