This recipe assumes that you have decided to use your allocation for Expanse to run one of your HTCondor jobs. It takes you step by step through the process of Bringing Your Own Capacity (BYOC) in the form of an allocation to an OSG Connect access point and using that resource to run your HTCondor job. In what follows, we refer to the set of resources leased from that allocation as an “annex.”
In this recipe, we assume that the job has not yet been placed at an OSG Connect access point when we begin.
- An OSG Connect account and password
- An HTCondor job submit file (example.submit).
- An allocation for Expanse.
- Command-line login access to Expanse
(see SDSC’s instructions for gaining access).
LOGIN_NAMEto refer to your login name on Expanse.
- A name for your Expanse annex (example). By convention, this is the name of the submit file you want to run, without its extension.
- You want to run the job described above on Expanse.
- The job described above fits within the capabilities of the Expanse partition (queue) you wish to run it on.
First, you will need to determine the project ID of your allocation on
Expanse. If you already know your project ID, you can skip this
section. If not, log in to
login.expanse.sdsc.edu in a terminal and run the
following command. (Don’t copy the
$; in this and other examples
further down the page, the
$ just signifies something you type in,
rather than something that the computer prints out.)
$ module load sdsc; expanse-client user
There will be one or more lines; pick an entry from the
For the rest of these instructions, we’ll use
PROJECT_ID where you need to
put that entry.
1. Log into the OSG Connect Access Point
Log into an OSG Connect access point (e.g.,
login05.osgconnect.net) using your OSG Connect account and password.
2. Submit the Job
Submit the job on the access point, indicating that you want it to run
on your own resource (the Expanse allocation, in this case) with the
$ htcondor job submit example.submit \ --annex-name example Job 123 was submitted and will run only on the annex 'example'.
Notes on the output of this command:
- 123 is the JOB_ID assigned by the access point to the placed job.
- Placing the job with the annex name specified means that the job won’t run anywhere other than the annex.
- Note that the annex name does not say anything about Expanse; it is simply a label for the Expanse resources we will be provisioning in the next step.
3. Lease the Resources
To run your job on Expanse, you will need to create an “annex” there;
an annex is a named set of leased resources. The following command will
submit a request to lease an annex named
example to the queue named
on Expanse. Project
PROJECT_ID will be charged for resources used (by
default, two machines). The text in bold is emphasized to distinguish
it from Expanse’s log-in prompt.
$ htcondor annex create example compute@expanse --project PROJECT_ID --login-name LOGIN_NAME This command will access the system named 'Expanse' via SSH. To proceed, follow the prompts from that system below; to cancel, hit CTRL-C.
You will need to log into Expanse at this prompt.
Thank you. Requesting annex named 'example' from queue 'compute' on Expanse...
The tool will display an indented log of the request progress, because it may take a while. Once the request is done, it will display:
It may take some time for Expanse to establish the requested annex.
4. Confirm that the Resources are Available
Check on the status of the annex to make sure it has started up correctly.
$ htcondor annex status example Annex 'example' is not established. You requested 2 machines for this annex, of which 0 are in established annexes. There are 0 CPUs in the established machines, of which 0 are busy. 1 jobs must run on this annex, and 0 currently are. You made 1 resource request(s) for this annex, of which 1 are pending, 0 are established, and 0 have retired.
Give Expanse a few more minutes to grant your request and then check again.
$ htcondor annex status example Annex 'example' is established. Its oldest established request is about 0.29 hours old and will retire in 0.71 hours. You requested 2 machines for this annex, of which 2 are in established annexes. There are 136 CPUs in the established machines, of which 0 are busy. 1 jobs must run on this annex, and 0 currently are. You made 1 resource request(s) for this annex, of which 0 are pending, 1 are established, and 0 have retired.
5. Confirm Job is Running on the Resources
After some time has passed, check the status of the job to make sure that it started running.
$ htcondor job status 123 Job will only run on your annex named 'example'. Job has been running for 0 hour(s), 2 minute(s), and 21 second(s).
We want to make sure the job is indeed running on the correct annex resources. There are two different ways we could do this. We could ask the annex itself:
$ htcondor annex status example Annex 'example' is established. Its oldest established request is about 0.69 hours old and will retire in 0.31 hours. You requested 2 machines for this annex, of which 2 are in established annexes. There are 136 CPUs in the established machines, of which 1 are busy. 1 jobs must run on this annex, and 1 currently are. You made 1 resource request(s) for this annex, of which 0 are pending, 1 are established, and 0 have retired.
This indicates that the annex is running jobs, but we don’t know for sure that it’s the one we just submitted. Instead, let’s ask the job itself what resources it is running on.
$ htcondor job resources 123 Job is using annex 'example', resource firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Terminate the Resource Lease
At this point we know that our job is running on the correct resources, so we can wait for it to finish running. After some time has passed, we ask for its status again:
$ htcondor job status 123 Job is completed.
Now that the job has finished running, we want to shut down the annex. When the annex finishes shutting down, the resource lease will be terminated. We could just wait for the annex time out automatically (after 20 minutes of being idle), but we would rather shut the annex down explicitly to avoid wasting our allocation.
$ htcondor annex shutdown example Shutting down annex 'example'... ... each resource in 'example' has been commanded to shut down. It may take some time for each resource to finish shutting down. Annex requests that are still in progress have not been affected.
At this point our workflow is completed, and our job has run successfully on our allocation.
You can run either of the following commands for an up-to-date summary of their corresponding options.
$ htcondor job --help $ htcondor annex --help