[GE users] Default queue state for rebooted machines?

Robert Griffiths Robert.Griffiths at mitsubishi-sec-intl.com
Wed May 4 11:26:39 BST 2005

Hi Fred,

> > The idea about waiting for a flag file could be a winner as well, except
> > that the shared memory data is usually populated by a human-operated
> > script and we'd rather be short of a machine rather than suffer
> > corrupt (old) data, so I don't think that's a "go-er". Shame.
> Without attempting to trivialize your application, going for this 
> solution would be a matter of putting 'touch /tmp/shared-data-ready' at 
> the end of the shell script - assuming that the shared data is ready at 
> the end of the script.

I can see how this would work, given that /tmp is local to each machine, but
this presumes that /tmp is cleaned out during a shutdown/reboot procedure.
Is this the case? Even in "spontaneous" reboots without apparent cause?
However, this method of checking for the existence of this file would still
allow jobs to be scheduled to this machine and we'd still have the
"black-hole" problem that Magnus mentioned! 

> As for loadsensors, erm... That's not something I'm familiar with at all,
> so, unless it's ludicrously easy, I'm opting for leaving that one alone.
> One of the harder parts is reading the manual and 
> http://gridengine.sunsource.net/howto/loadsensor.html!!
> It does involve finding a way of determining if the shared memory is 
> ready/valid or not, but it does have the advantage of letting jobs that 
> do not require the shared data to be run.
> Cheers
> f.

I've had a glance at the page... And it's as clear as I remembered it... but
we do not run any jobs which do not require the shared memory segments, so
this is probably not the route for us.



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