Just a word of warning about SGE on desktops. I wanted to point out that FSL, as it stands, isn't a good fit to this kind of cluster.
This is because FSL scripts and programs generally can't handle becoming rescheduled subtasks when, for instance, their original node are rebooted. SGE will normally resubmit these but FSL code doesn't necessarily do the right thing. In most cases the entire feat/gfeat, etc., needs to be rerun. With a dedicated cluster this isn't such a problem but with desktop machines they're just too vulnerable to unpredictable rebooting.
In the future, if/when FSL scripts and programs are a little better behaved then this will change. But, for now, you probably need a dedicated cluster to use FSL/SGE successfully. Can't speak for other tools; they may well work properly on desktop SGE clusters.
From: Andrew Janke
Sender: FSL - FMRIB's Software Library
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Subject: Re: [FSL] ideal setup for FSL or any brain analysis program
Sent: 12 Aug 2009 08:48
To me this comes down to how much you have wed Microsoft with your
research. If you can use OpenOffice (we do and the world hasn't
imploded yet) then I would suggest a linux (Ubuntu?) set of desktop
machine with quad cores. Then via SGE you can make use of the spare
CPU cycles at night and during the day.
If you are wholly wed to MS Office and friends then you have two
choices. 1. Get Macs as they can do both.  2. Get linux desktop
machines and buy a few laptops for the MS pilgrims to write their
papers on and send those all important emails that make the world go
The only problem with going Mac + Linux fileserver will mean that you
will need two types of sysadmin expertise in your department.
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 arguably linux can run MS Office via CrossOver Office but I can't
speak for or against this as I haven't used it.
On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 17:39, Steve Smith<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In FMRIB we use iMacs almost exclusively for desktops, even though they are
> probably a little more expensive, because it is so convenient to have Unix
> (FSL, matlab, etc.) and MS-Office tools all runnable directly on your
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