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Job Submission

The Statistics Cluster is equipped with a powerful job queuing system called Condor. This framework provides efficient use of resources by matching user needs to the available resources by taking into account both the priorities for the hardware and the preferences of the job. Matching resource requests to resource offers is accomplished through the ClassAds mechanism. Each virtual machine publishes its parameters as a kind of classified advertisement to attract jobs. A job submitted to Condor for scheduling may list its requirements and preferences.  Jobs are executed on the cluster command line with the condor_submit command followed by a job description file (passed as an argument). For example:

condor_submit myprog.condor

The myprog.condor is not “code” as such but rather a simple description file with processing instructions, for example:

Executable = myprog
Requirements = ParallelSchedulingGroup == “stats group”
Universe = vanilla

output = myprog$(Process).out
error = myprog$(Process).err
Log = myprog.log

should_transfer_files = YES
when_to_transfer_output = ON_EXIT

Queue 50

The “executable” is a path to the program binary or executable script; this is the “code” job a processing job in the usual sense. The “output”, “error” and “log” create the respective records for each job numbered by Condor with the $(Process) variable. The shown use of the requirements variable is important here to constrain job assignment to Statistics Cluster nodes only. All available nodes are tagged with ParallelSchedulingGroup variable in the ClassAds, so this is an effective way to direct execution to particular cluster segments. Physics and Geophysics nodes are also available but they are much older than the statistics nodes and may not contain all the necessary libraries. A detailed example of a job is available here and more documentation is available on the Physics Wiki discussed in the cluster overview.

Jobs beyond Statistics Cluster

To use the physics and geophysics cluster resources, it is important to set the “Requirements” carefully. Omitting (ParallelSchedulingGroup == “stats group”) is insufficient because Condor presumes that the submitted executable can only run on the architecture for from which the job is launched. This includes the distinction between x86 64 and 32 bit machines (the latter is still common on physics and geophysics cluster segments.) To insist that both architectures be used, include a requirement: (Arch == “INTEL” || Arch == “X86_64”)