Posts Tagged ‘sge’

We use Sun Grid Engine here at WTCHG for managing our compute resources. Many of the analyses I’m doing are best run as array jobs, which generally works very well, but sometimes one or more tasks will fail for one reason or another, and I’ve been casting around for best practice when it comes to (a) verifying which tasks succeeded and which failed, and (b) re-running failed tasks.

I found a nice post by Shiran Pasternak on resubmitting failed SGE array tasks, however Shiran doesn’t say how he determined which tasks had failed, and the set of tasks to rerun is specified manually. I have thousands of tasks in each array job, and so I really need an automated way of determining the success/failure of each task and rerunning those that failed.

I came up with the following pattern.

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I’ve had Sun GridEngine running on our cluster of 12-core HP blades from its earliest days. What has not been working is the the inter-host communication (the ability of the system to schedule and distribute jobs across the nodes). I therefore set out to fix this situation. It turns out that the problems that prevented this from working are mainly caused by quirks in the way that the Debian (and by inheritance, Ubuntu) packaging was done. (more…)