[Buildbot-devel] RFE: load management for build slaves

Alexander Lorenz lorenz at testingtech.de
Fri Apr 21 14:32:52 UTC 2006

before you start spending time on coding this:

 you _have_ noticed the lock mechanisms that are already implemented in 
buildbot, haven't you?


sounds to me like a good solution for your first approach.



Stefan Seefeld wrote:
> John Pye wrote:
>> Hi Stefan
>> Your problem sounds a lot like the one tackled by queuing systems in
>> beowulf clusters. I think that there is a some reasonably mature
>> software for this, so maybe there are be some wheels that could be
>> reused in this.
> Certainly.
>> I have to say that I think that the paradigm for
>> BuildBot is rather different that that of a queuing system. In BuildBot,
>> the assumption is that you have a whoel stack of different machines with
>> different compilers/architecture, etc, so when you specify a task,
>> you're pretty clear that you want that task to be run on the specified
>> machine.
> That is true when you have only one machine per 'host type' (as discussed
> in my original mail). I don't think buildbot can be compared to a queuing
> system. Both have different goals. For buildbot, a queuing system 
> would be
> the means, not the end.
> In fact, it might be possible to plug in a queuing system into a buildbot
> setup such that a particular step submits a task to a queuing system and
> reports back completion when it is notified by the queuing system.
> However, I'm not talking about big homogenous clusters, but rather, of
> setups where a small number of machines is configured equally and thus
> could share the load.
> And even if there is just a single machine available, it is important
> to be able to limit the number of concurrently executed builders, to
> make the machine responsive to other tasks it may be assigned to.
> Regards,
>         Stefan
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