[racket] Remote execution in Racket

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Sat Aug 21 13:54:25 EDT 2010

Could you run Racket processes that exchange plain source text (as in S-expressions)? 

On Aug 21, 2010, at 1:00 PM, Frederick Ross wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM, YC <yinso.chen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> It seems like all you need is a batch architecture in racket, is that
>> correct?  I am assuming the following:
> Not correct.  Thanks to all those who answered with ideas, and they're
> all very good ideas.  Dumping images and loading them remotely is a
> dirty, ugly hack.  I admit it openly and freely, and would never
> consider it if I weren't *severely* constrained by the cluster this
> has to run on.
> To give you some idea:
> I can't start servers for dispatch on the various compute nodes.  It's
> not a question of policy, it's a question of being impossible.  The
> admins can't even set new iptables rules on all the compute nodes of
> the cluster, which I also asked them to do at one point for the
> purpose of secure database access.
> When I use the batch system, I really do only get some criteria for
> acceptable hosts to run on and a set of command lines arguments to be
> exec'd.
> There is really no way to get any kind of callback from the batch
> execution system.  It doesn't even pass signals on in any kind of
> meaningful way.
> Creating new batch executions should be doable from a REPL.
> The Racket system doing dispatch in this way is the *second* choice.
> The first choice was a system put together in Haskell, but it is
> essentially impossible to get the Glasgow Haskell Compiler to run on
> the cluster.  I lost a lot of time on that one.  Nor can I develop
> static binaries elsewhere and drop them on the cluster, because the
> batch system's development headers are proprietary and only on the
> cluster.
> -- 
> Frederick Ross
> Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Facility
> Life Sciences, EPFL
> http://bbcf.epfl.ch/
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