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Asked this on superuser, got no response:

Can anyone tell me of the status/state of WLM (Workload Management) kernel scheduler systems in Linux? Alternatively, any user-space process goal-based load management programs?

This is a good start, but I'm not aware if these proposals are implemented?

http://www.computer.org/plugins/dl/pdf/proceedings/icac/2004/2114/00/21140314.pdf

http://ckrm.sourceforge.net/downloads/ckrm-linuxtag04-paper.pdf

AIX has inclusive WLM, anything comparable for Linux?

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Not very sure, but the closest I can think of is cgroups:

Control Groups provide a mechanism for aggregating/partitioning sets of tasks, and all their future children, into hierarchical groups with specialized behaviour.

For more information, see one of:

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This looks really good and actually answered a few of my cgroups questions. Thanks, – Xepoch Nov 23 '10 at 14:15
    
No problem, glad I helped. – OneOfOne Nov 23 '10 at 14:31
    
Neither of the links work anymore. I recommended deletion, but maybe the author is willing to make it an answer again. – techraf Apr 26 at 7:36

I'm looking at this one:

Slurm is an open-source workload manager designed for Linux clusters of all sizes. It provides three key functions. First it allocates exclusive and/or non-exclusive access to resources (computer nodes) to users for some duration of time so they can perform work. Second, it provides a framework for starting, executing, and monitoring work (typically a parallel job) on a set of allocated nodes. Finally, it arbitrates contention for resources by managing a queue of pending work.

Refer to Slurm Workload Manager

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