[GE users] updated FlexLM integration (qlicserver)

Olesen, Mark Mark.Olesen at arvinmeritor.com
Mon May 7 14:30:23 BST 2007

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I've sent an updated version of the qlicserver program and utilities
(qlicserver-1.26.tar.gz) for upload to the wiki site. If all goes well, it
should appear there within the next day (or two).

The main reason for the current update is the adjustment for the new qstat
behaviour - need "qstat -u *" to list all jobs. 
Unfortunately, I can't actually test it on 6.1 until sometime in June when
we'll start with 6.1 ourselves, but I thought it was important to release
the changes before people start having problems after upgrading.
The modified query will work with both 6.0 and 6.1 version.

The second change is the introduction of threaded server queries. Each
server will be queried in parallel in a separate thread. If multiple ports
are used on a particular server, they will be bundled together within a
thread. The parallel query allows better response and stability when a slow
or wonky server is in the system. Instead of relying on the FlexLM timeout
parameter, 'alarm' is used to pull the plug on queries that are taking too

NOTE: on some older systems (eg, perl 5.8.5 and SuSE 9.2) killing a thread
within Perl appears to kill all threads. On these systems, the robustness
will not be better (or worse) than before, but the query speed will still be
improved. If only a single server is being used, no threads are used.
If threads are a general problem on your system, the comments containing
"UNTHREADED PERL" should help find the editing points in the code.

A minor feature improvement for tracking GridEngine complexes has been
added. The tracked complexes are added into the qlicserver output for
external access via the qlic utility. The "trackonly" entry of the config
table controls this feature.

Although bugs can never be avoided, this version represents our current
production version with the last non-cosmetic changes stemming from Nov.


Dr. Mark Olesen
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