LSF is a commercial product from Platform computing that supports many of
the same features that Queue does.
LSF's principal disadvantage is its price and its lack of source code.
GNU Queue is free and has publicly available source code, making it easy
to customize and support, both in-house and by the flourishing Internet
High quality free and open source programs typically become
de-facto Internet standards, and this is our goal for Queue. Availability
of the source code also allows rapid development as hundreds of
users help improve, customize, and upgrade GNU Queue by contributing
patches and improvements.
GNU Queue doesn't quite support all of features of LSF yet, but we're
working on it....
Queue also has some features LSF doesn't, such as
a true batch processing environment with optional job queuing (no pun intended)
of both batch process jobs and jobs submitted via the proxy process mechanism.
For most load-balancing and batch processing applications requiring load-balancing of interactive jobs,
shell scripts, GNU Queue should be the correct choice given its cost (free),
simplicity, and easy support through availability of source code and an
Internet support community.