Software access using HTCondor or the Web


This module will illustrate how software can be transferred and accessed in CMS Connect. Different methods to access software without transferring it are described in Distributed software access using the OASIS service and Software access using OASIS and Parrot

In the section CMS Connect Data you have seen the same mechanisms used to transfer data. The techniques and the recommendation are the same, e.g. use HTCondor 's built-in transfer mechanisms only for relatively small amounts of data and binaries to transfer (<100MB) or if you need to do ad-hoc job submissions.

Transferring software is very similar. When using HTCondor to transfer software keep in mind that the Executable specified in the submit file is transferred by default. Then remember that you must have execute permission on the software files, that the PATH (folders where executables can be found) may be set differently on the remote host (pay attention on where the software is)



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Starting Up

First  login to Then, to create a working directory, you can either run 'tutorial software1' or type the following:

$ tutorial software
Installing software (master)...
Tutorial files installed in ./tutorial-software.
Running setup in ./tutorial-software...

Then make sure that you have a public directory exported via Web. This directory should have been created for you and be accessible at an URL like where "user" is your user name on CMS Connect :

$ ls -al ~/data/public

Distributing Applications Using Stash and the CI Connect Web Server

This example is very similar to the one in Access Stash remotely from your job using HTTP. You will be preparing the input files for the job, including an executable, and transferring them via HTTP. When you are transferring an executable instead of data you have to pay attention because Web servers or commands like wget frequently change the file permissions and this can cause the job to fail. To make sure that your program is executable either set manually the permission on the transferred file (chmod +x filename) or transfer a tar bundle and uncompress it.

Prepare the file bundle in your public html space (~/data/public):

[user@login tutorial-software1]$ ls -al ~/data/public/
[user@login tutorial-software1]$ tar cvzf words.tar.gz distribution random_words
[user@login tutorial-software1]$ mv words.tar.gz ~/data/public/
[user@login tutorial-software1]$ chmod +r ~/data/public/words.tar.gz is the auxiliary script to run the job:

# HTCondor will transfer the file for us. Uncomment the following if you prefer to transfer form the script
# wget --no-check-certificate
tar xzf words.tar.gz
cat random_words | ./distribution

Here is the submit file. Note that HTCondor allows to specify an URL as input file and it will download it for you. Substitute your user name for netid in the transfer_input_files line:

file: words.submit
# Submit description file for short test program using http transfer
Universe       = vanilla
Executable     =
# Uncomment the following line to use the remote executable
#transfer_executable = False
Error   = log/words.err.$(Cluster)-$(Process)
Output  = log/words.out.$(Cluster)-$(Process)
Log     = log/words.log.$(Cluster)
should_transfer_files = YES
transfer_input_files =
when_to_transfer_output = ON_EXIT
Queue 5

Submit the job:

[user@login tutorial-software1]$ condor_submit words.submit
Submitting job(s).....
5 job(s) submitted to cluster 14038.

Once the jobs are completed, you can look at the output in the logs directory and verify that the job ran correctly:

[user@login tutorial-software1]$ cat log/words.out.14038-2
Ashkenazim |45 (0.44%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
BIOS       |45 (0.44%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Anaheim    |44 (0.43%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Aymara     |44 (0.43%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Arthurian  |43 (0.42%) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Anaxagoras |43 (0.42%) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Bactria    |43 (0.42%) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Alexis     |43 (0.42%) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Ariel      |43 (0.42%) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Aubrey     |42 (0.41%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Baryshnikov|42 (0.41%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Bahia      |42 (0.41%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Angstrom   |42 (0.41%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Asoka      |42 (0.41%) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Alcatraz   |41 (0.40%) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++