[GE users] sge5.3 - delay between dispatching?

Arati Kadav aratik at cse.iitk.ac.in
Fri Mar 11 12:47:43 GMT 2005

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 Few solutions that come to my mind:
 - Have some ordering amngst the jobs: I know that you can hold the 
execution of a job until the previous job is done. (-hold_jid option)
 -  Have delay before submitting the job to grid rather than manipulate 
them after submitting.

Justus Loerke wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm looking for a way to set a defined time delay (say 5 or 10 secs) 
> between the dispatching of subsequent jobs to execution hosts. Sorry 
> if I'm posting to the group with this, but I didn't find anything in 
> the archive or the docs.
> I'm having some problems with dispatching and the NFS system: if 2 (or 
> more) jobs are dispatched and started on different execution hosts at 
> the same time, these jobs (namely spider) will try to open a results 
> file with the same name on the NFS shared directory; this will crash 
> all jobs but one with a 'stale NFS handle' error. If a filename was in 
> use, the jobs would just use the next free name, but the real problem 
> is that several jobs try to create the same file _at the same time_. 
> Use of local (execution host) disks for the destination of the results 
> file is something we're checking right now, but it clutters up local 
> disks, distributes debug information over too many hosts and is just 
> not elegant, you know? :)
> So is there a way to reconfigure the scheduler to wait a defined time 
> interval between the  dispatching of jobs? This would solve my 
> problem, since newly dispatched jobs would try opening results files 
> in intervals of 5 or 10 secs and would then use different file names.
> Thanks, Justus.

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