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    Physics has Newton's laws of motion, thermodynamics has Maxwell's equations; Biology also has its immutable laws.  I think these are best expressed by quotations from some of the great biological thinkers.  Note that only one of these sources had a PhD.


    • What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.
      Mark Twain
    • when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
      Sherlock Holmes
    • If such a thing could be, it certainly would be.
      Dr. Seuss



     If you need to keep things separate (i.e. on the level of independent
    PBS jobs as opposed to subtasks within a job), my colleague Phil Cheeseman
    has written a tool called qthrottle
    (/apps/rhel6/rcacutils/user/bin/qthrottle). Call it without arguments to
    see help text but basically you give it a list of job scripts to be
    submitted, and a watchdog wakes up at requested intervals, checks the state
    of the queue and fills the hopper with desired number of jobs. Advantages:
    things get queued exactly the way you described in your question.
    Disadvantages: you need to create individual submission scripts for each
    job (and the only difference of thos scripts would be one parameter value).
    But such creation can be easily automated, so that's probably not a big deal.

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