[GE users] Using gridengine to administer the cluster

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Tue Aug 29 13:43:58 BST 2006

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Hi Michael:

  You would need to make sure the user had sudo capability on each node.
 Last I remember, SGE doesn't allow root user to submit jobs.

  You could generate the queue list with a simple qselect

	[landman at minicc ~]$ qselect
	all.q at compute-0-2.local
	all.q at minicc.local
	all.q at compute-0-0.local
	all.q at compute-0-3.local
	all.q at compute-0-1.local

Then very likely, you could do a simple for loop over the hosts using
qsub -q queue

	foreach q (`qselect`)
	 qsub -q $q sudo -u root $@

Now here is why you might not want to do this.

1) if a queue goes down due to a machine crash, or somehow gets flushed
ahead of time, this could leave  machine(s) in an odd state relative to
the rest.

2) You have to set up sudo across your cluster.  This is unfortunately
not easy.

3) you don't have a guaranteed immediate execution of the administrative

You might want to look at pdsh for your cluster.  It is a good tool
designed specifically to enable administration of large collections of
machines from a command line.  To run /etc/init.d/lmsensors across a
cluster, you would

	pdsh /etc/init.d/lmsensors start


Michael James wrote:
> Is there a way of scheduling a job
>  so it gets run on each cluster node once?
> If I could do that I could use gridengine to administer
>  the cluster, nodes could pull their own updates, etc.
> Just a thought...
> michaelj

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