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About DRM4G

DRM4G is an open platform, based on ?GridWay , to define, submit, and manage computational jobs. DRM4G is a ?Python (2.6+, 3.3+) implementation that provides a single point of control for computing resources without installing any intermediate middlewares. As a result, a user is able to run the same job on laptops, desktops, workstations, clusters, supercomputers, and any grid.

Start Guide

In order to install DRM4G, download the installation script :

[user@mycomputer~]$ wget --no-check-certificate

And then run it :

[user@mycomputer~]$ bash ./ --dir $HOME

DRM4G installation script

--> Checking the last version of DRM4G ...

--> DRM4G version selected: 2.4.1

--> Downloading drm4g-2.4.1.tar.gz ...

--> Unpacking drm4g-2.4.1.tar.gz in directory /home/user ...

--> Installing DRM4G python requirements locally ...

Installation of DRM4G 2.4.1 is done!

In order to work with DRM4G you have to enable its 
environment with the command:

    source /home/user/drm4g/bin/

You need to run the above command on every new shell you 
open before using DRM4G, but just once per session.

My first job

If the the directory ~/.drm4g does not exist, drm4g will create one with a local configuration

  1. Enable DRM4G:
    [user@mycomputer~]$ source $HOME/drm4g/bin/
  2. Start up DRM4G :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g start
    Checking DRM4G local configuration ...
      Creating a DRM4G local configuration in '/home/user/.drm4g'
      Creating '/home/user/.drm4g/var/acct' directory
      Copying from '/home/user/drm4g/etc' to '/home/user/.drm4g/etc'
    Starting DRM4G .... 
    Starting ssh-agent ...
  3. Show information about all available resources, their hosts and their queues :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g resource list
    RESOURCE            STATE               
    localmachine        enabled
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g host list
    HID ARCH       JOBS(R/T) LRMS       HOST                
    0   x86_64           0/0 fork       localmachine
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g host list 0
    HID ARCH       JOBS(R/T) LRMS       HOST                
    0   x86_64           0/0 fork       localmachine        
    default              0/0 0     0     1     1               
  4. Create a job template :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ echo "EXECUTABLE=/bin/date" > date.job
  5. Submit the job :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g job submit date.job
    ID: 0
  6. Check the evolution of the job :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g job list 0
    JID DM   EM   START    END      EXEC    XFER    EXIT NAME            HOST                                          
    0   pend ---- 19:39:09 --:--:-- 0:00:00 0:00:00 --   date.job        --                        

If you execute successive drm4g job list 0, you will see the different states of this job:

0   prol ---- 19:39:09 --:--:-- 0:00:00 0:00:00 --   date.job        --                                                            
0   wrap pend 19:39:09 --:--:-- 0:00:00 0:00:00 --   date.job localhost/fork                                                                         
0   wrap actv 19:39:09 --:--:-- 0:00:05 0:00:00 --   date.job localhost/fork                                                         
0   epil ---- 19:39:09 --:--:-- 0:00:10 0:00:00 --   date.job localhost/fork
0   done ---- 19:39:09 19:39:27 0:00:10 0:00:01 0    date.job localhost/fork         
  1. Results are standard output (stdout) and standard error (stderr), both files will be in the same directory of job template:
    [user@mycomputer~]$ cat stdout.0
    Mon Jul 28 12:29:43 CEST 2014
    [user@mycomputer~]$ cat stderr.0

How to configure a TORQUE/PBS resource

DRM4G uses the following environmental variable EDITOR to select which editor is going to be used for configuring resources.

In order to configure a TORQUE/PBS cluster accessed through ssh protocol, you can follow the next steps:

  1. Generate a public/private key pair without password :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048 -f $HOME/.ssh/meteo_rsa -N ""
  2. Copy the new public key to the TORQUE/PBS resource :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ ssh-copy-id -i $HOME/.ssh/
  3. Configure the meteo resource :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g resource edit
    enable            = true
    communicator      = ssh
    username          = user
    frontend          =
    private_key       = ~/.ssh/meteo_rsa
    lrms              = pbs
    queue             = grid
    max_jobs_running  = 1
    max_jobs_in_queue = 2
  4. List and check if resource has been created successfully :
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g resource list
    RESOURCE            STATE               
    meteo               enabled
    [user@mycomputer~]$ drm4g host list
    HID ARCH       JOBS(R/T) LRMS       HOST                
    0   x86_64           0/0 pbs        meteo

That's it! Now, you can summit jobs to meteo.

User Scenarios

In this section it will be described how to take advantage of DRM4G to calculate the number Pi. To do that, three types of jobs single, array and mpi will be used.

Single Job

Array Job