Batch-style processing is available on select nodes of the Unix cluster via Condor.
Condor is a software framework for distributed parallel computation. At Minnesota, we use it both to manage workload on dedicated server clusters, and (in some cases) to farm out work to idle desktop computers
Each Physics linux system is tagged with a “CondorGroup” name corresponding to the research group or entity to which it belongs. It is possible to run jobs on any cluster, but if you are unsure whether you should be using a particular group of machines please check first.
If your research group has no computational resources of its own, there is a general-purpose
phys cluster which can be used by anyone.
You can also get an idea of activity within each cluster (although not directly condor-related) at our Ganglia monitoring page
Useful commands for submitting jobs are
condor_run- for quick & easy job submission
condor_submit- for full control
Useful commands for job and machine status are
condor_statusshows active machines and queues
condor_status -submittersshows job submitter summary
condor_qshows jobs in the local job queue
condor_q -globalshows jobs in the global job queue
You can find some more information at:
Unless you've specifically used
condor_compile to build your programs, you'll need to submit your jobs in the “vanilla” universe.
universe = vanilla
Notification = error
Almost all our condor slots are set up as “partitionable”, which means you can request what resources are needed. Try to specify appropriate values in your submit file so that condor can reserve resources for your job (without this, your job will be given default values which may cause it to be held). For example:
request_cpus = 1 request_memory = 2048
Never use your home directory for job i/o - you should probably be using a
By default, the cluster which executes a job is determined by the machine where you issue the
condor_submit command - for example, if you submit a job from a CMS system, it will execute on the CMS cluster.
You can override this behavior in your submit file by manipulating the CondorGroup job ClassAd. For example, you could place the following line in your job file to make the jobs run on the CMS server farm:
+CondorGroup = "cmsfarm"
In addition, you can let your jobs run on any cluster, with the condition that it will be pre-empted (ie killed) if a job with a higher rank (based on the group owning the cluster) needs to run. You can enable this behavior with:
+CanEvict = True
Some commands to help analyze why your jobs isn't matching
condor_q -analyze <jobid> condor_q -better <jobid>
Why is job not running on a particular machine
condor_q -better <jobid> -machine <name> condor_q -better:reverse -machine <name>