[GE users] qsub and holding while a job is *executing*?

templedf dan.templeton at sun.com
Thu Jan 7 19:18:00 GMT 2010

Only an administrator can define complexes.  To create a new complex 
from the command line, use qconf -mc.  You then have to add that 
resource globally via qconf -me global.


jgrn307 wrote:
> Excellent, looks like the consumable resources is what I'm after (for 
> one phase, GRASS has to run in a single directory, hence the race 
> condition problem -- it seems all I do is set the number of resources 
> for "grass" to equal 1) -- are resources something that users are 
> allowed to define (as opposed to the grid engine admin)?  I'm currently 
> testing the algorithm out on my personal machine, so I can hack at qmon 
> to my heart's extent, but I was hoping to make sure I wrote the 
> algorithm such that it could be deployed on any grid engine system where 
> I may not be an admin -- how do I go about defining a consumable 
> resource at the command line and then removing it later?  I see how to 
> request the resource in that example.  Thanks again!
> --j
> reuti wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Am 07.01.2010 um 10:14 schrieb jgrn307:
>>> Grid-engineers:
>>>    I'm a total noob to grid engine, so I apologize if this is a  
>>> ridiculously simple question: I have a situation where I need to  
>>> hold a job if and ONLY if a job with some name patterns is  
>>> currently *running*, not if it has finished executing.  This is due  
>>> to an unfortunate situation which rises during a certain phase of  
>>> my parallel project where it must enter a specific program (GRASS  
>>> GIS, in my case) that does NOT allow concurrent access, e.g. two  
>>> jobs cannot access the program at the same time (the program is not  
>>> thread-safe).
>> when you run a second instance of the program, it should be  
>> independent from each other. Maybe you have to instruct the program  
>> to use a special temporary directory or so. The usual one created by  
>> SGE for each job is $TMPDIR, and maybe it's necessary to `export TMP= 
>> $TMPDIR` or similar.
>>>   So in the situation where I have 3 jobs: job01, job02, job03; how  
>>> do I qsub these so this situation is upheld (a job will not execute  
>>> unless NONE of the other
>>> jobs is running).  My understanding is that -hold-jid is designed  
>>> for process dependencies and checks for job completion (e.g. job02  
>>> can't start until job01), so this isn't what I want, at least I  
>>> don't think it is.  Any help you give me would be much appreciated,  
>>> thanks!
>> Nevertheless, you can create a custom complex with an amount of one  
>> (similar to managing it as a license count) and request for each of  
>> your jobs of this type `... -l grass=1 ...`.
>> http://wikis.sun.com/display/gridengine62u5/Example+1+-+Floating 
>> +Software+License+Management
>> -- Reuti
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