Software access using OASIS and Parrot


This module will introduce users to the tools needed to access software installed on OASIS using Parrot and SkeletonKey.  Parrot is a tool that allows your application to access OASIS on sites that don't have it installed.  Although an increasing number of sites support OASIS on their compute nodes, there are sites that don't.  This module will show users how to run opportunistic jobs that use OASIS on those other sites.


Before going through the examples, login to and get a copy of the tutorial files:

osg-connect Login
$ ssh
$ tutorial oasis_parrot
$ cd osg-oasis_parrot

Remote software access

Simplify software access with SkeletonKey

Due to the complexities involved in setting up Parrot to provide access to OASIS, users should use SkeletonKey to simplify the process involved.  SkeletonKey is a tool that

Creating the application tarball

Since we'll be running an application from OASIS, we'll create an application tarball to do some initial setup and then run the actual application

Create a directory for the script

Creating an application tarball
% mkdir -p oasis_app
% cd oasis_app

Create a shell script, ~/osg-oasis_parrot/oasis_app/ with the following lines.  One thing to note using OASIS through Parrot works the same way as using it on sites that have it available normally.
source /cvmfs/
palmsdosetup R
Rscript ./oasis_app/test.R
echo "Finishing script at: "
echo `date`

Create a R script ~/oasis_parrot/app/test.R with the following lines:

hilbert<-function(n) 1/(outer(seq(n) ,seq(n) ,"+")-1)
print("hilbert n=500")
print("hilbert n=1000")
print("sort n=6")
print("sort n=7")
# loess<-function(n) {
print(paste("loess n=",as.character(n) ,sep=""))
for (i in 1:5) {
 x<-rnorm(10^n); y<-rnorm(10^n); z<-rnorm(10^n)

Next, make sure the script is executable and create a tarball:

Creating an application tarball
$ chmod 755 ~/osg-oasis_parrot/oasis_app/
$ cd ~/osg-oasis_parrot/
$ tar cvzf oasis_app.tar.gz oasis_app
Then copy the tarball to your public directory
Creating an application tarball
$ cp oasis_app.tar.gz ~/data/public/
$ chmod 644 ~/data/public/oasis_app.tar.gz

Creating a job wrapper

You'll need to do the following on the machine where you installed SkeletonKey
Open a file called ~/oasis_parrot/oasis.ini and replace username with your username:

location =
script = ./oasis_app/

Run SkeletonKey on oasis.ini:

Creating an application tarball
$ skeleton_key -c oasis.ini

This generates a wrapper called that you'll be using. Run the job wrapper to verify that it's working correctly

Creating an application tarball
$ python

Using the job wrapper

Submitting jobs to OSG connect

The following part of the tutorial is optional and will cover using a generated job wrapper in a HTCondor submit file. Create a file called ~/osg-oasis_parrot/oasis.submit with the following contents

universe = vanilla
executable =
output = logs/oasis.$(Process).out
error = logs/oasis.$(Process).err
log = logs/oasis.log
ShouldTransferFiles = YES
when_to_transfer_output = ON_EXIT
Requirements = HAS_CVMFS_oasis_opensciencegrid_org =?= TRUE

queue 50

Finally submit the job to HTCondor and verify that the jobs ran successfully

Submitting jobs to osg-connect
$ condor_submit oasis.submit

Once the jobs have run verify that they have run successfully:

Job verification
$ cat logs/oasis.0.out
[1] "hilbert n=500"
   user  system elapsed
  0.509   0.015   0.554
[1] "hilbert n=1000"
   user  system elapsed
  4.244   0.035   4.279
[1] "sort n=6"
   user  system elapsed
  0.456   0.003   0.460
[1] "sort n=7"
   user  system elapsed
  5.788   0.070   5.859
[1] "loess n=3"
   user  system elapsed
  0.091   0.000   0.091
   user  system elapsed
  0.085   0.000   0.085
   user  system elapsed
  0.085   0.000   0.085
   user  system elapsed
  0.085   0.000   0.085
   user  system elapsed
  0.086   0.000   0.086
[1] "loess n=4"
   user  system elapsed
  8.260   0.004   8.266
   user  system elapsed
  8.312   0.000   8.313
   user  system elapsed
  8.364   0.000   8.366
   user  system elapsed
  8.222   0.000   8.224
   user  system elapsed
  8.328   0.000   8.329
Finishing script at:
Tue Aug 27 11:40:12 CDT 2013