Cloud Scheduler 1.2 README
Cloud Scheduler: Automatically boot VMs for your HTC jobs
Cloud Scheduler manages virtual machines on clouds configured with Nimbus, Eucalyptus, or Amazon EC2 to create an environment for HTC batch job execution. Users submit their jobs to a Condor job queue, and Cloud Scheduler boots VMs to suit those jobs.
For more documentation on Cloud Scheduler, please refer to:
- A working Condor 7.5.x install (details below)
- Nimbus Cloud Client tools (details below)
- Python 2.6+
- Suds 0.3.9+
- Guppy -- Used for memory usage info.
Basic Steps to get Jobs Running via Cloud Scheduler
- Install Prerequiste libraries
- Install Cloud Scheduler & Condor
- Configure Condor and Cloud Scheduler
- Setup a VM Image with Condor installed & CS Condor Scripts
- Add the Required CS Attributes to a job submission file
- Start CS and Submit job(s)
Quick Start for People Who Think They Know What They're Doing
# pip install cloud-scheduler
Special help for RHEL 5
Since Cloud Scheduler requires Python 2.6+, and we recognize that RHEL 5 comes with and requires Python 2.4, here's a quick guide to getting Python 2.7 installed on those systems:
Install the tools we need to build Python and its modules:
# yum install gcc gdbm-devel readline-devel ncurses-devel zlib-devel \ bzip2-devel sqlite-devel db4-devel openssl-devel tk-devel \ bluez-libs-devel libxslt libxslt-devel libxml2-devel libxml2
Download and compile Python 2.7.1:
$ VERSION=2.7.1 $ mkdir /tmp/src $ cd /tmp/src/ $ wget http://python.org/ftp/python/$VERSION/Python-$VERSION.tar.bz2 $ tar xjf Python-$VERSION.tar.bz2 $ rm Python-$VERSION.tar.bz2 $ cd Python-$VERSION $ ./configure $ make $ sudo make altinstall
Now we need to install Python setuputils:
$ cd /tmp/src $ wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/2.7/s/setuptools/setuptools-0.6c11-py2.7.egg $ sudo sh setuptools-0.6c11-py2.7.egg
Now install pip to install the rest of our dependencies:
$ sudo easy_install-2.7 pip
And the rest of our dependencies:
$ sudo pip-2.7 install cloud-scheduler
Now clean everything up:
$ sudo rm -Rf /tmp/src/
Finally, once you've set up the rest of Cloud Scheduler, you'll want to set your Python version in the Cloud Scheduler init script, or use virtualenv. Do this by changing the PYTHON variable to /opt/bin/python
You can install the Python libraries listed above with pip:
lxml requires libxml2 and libxslt and their development libs to be installed.
# easy_install pip
And Cloud Scheduler and its dependencies:
# pip install cloud-scheduler
Install without pip
To install without using pip, run:
# python setup.py install
Cloud Scheduler works with Condor, which needs to be installed and able to manage resources. You can install it on the same machine that runs Cloud Scheduler (or not). You need to enable SOAP to allow Cloud Scheduler to communicate with Condor. You can do this by adding the following to your Condor config file, which is usually located at: /etc/condor/condor_config:
## CLOUD SCHEDULER SETTINGS ENABLE_SOAP = TRUE ENABLE_WEB_SERVER = TRUE WEB_ROOT_DIR=$(RELEASE_DIR)/web ALLOW_SOAP=localhost, 127.0.0.1 SCHEDD_ARGS = -p 8080
We also recommend the following settings, especially if you're planning on using Condor CCB:
UPDATE_COLLECTOR_WITH_TCP=True COLLECTOR_SOCKET_CACHE_SIZE=10000 COLLECTOR.MAX_FILE_DESCRIPTORS = 10000
We have also placed an example Condor config in scripts/condor/manager
Make sure you can run condor_status and condor_q, and make sure your ALLOW_WRITE will permit the VMs you will start to add themselves to your Condor Pool.
Preparing VM Images
The VM images you would like to run jobs with need to be prepared to join your Condor pool. Cloud Scheduler will do most of the heavy lifting for you, but at the very least, you need to install Condor, and configure it as a worker that will join your Condor pool. The easiest way to do this is use the example configuration (at least as inspiration) from scripts/condor/worker/ . You'll want to put these in your /etc/condor directory. You will probably also want to use our custom Condor init script. This does things like set up an appropriate environment for when Condor is started with private networking only, when started on EC2, and also will automatically point your node to your Condor Pool. When using the custom init script and doing offline testing of the VM image, ensure you place the central_manager file from scripts/condor/worker into /etc/condor as the init script will read the value of the CONDOR_HOST from this file.
Installing Nimbus Cloud Client
The Nimbus Cloud Client is the standard client used to connect to Nimbus clouds. Cloud Scheduler uses this client to communicate with Nimbus.
We assume you want to install Cloud Client to /opt.
$ wget http://www.nimbusproject.org/downloads/nimbus-cloud-client-017.tar.gz $ tar xzf nimbus-cloud-client-017.tar.gz
Normally, the workspace reference client, workspace.sh, isn't executable. The way Cloud Scheduler uses it makes this neccessary.
$ chmod +x nimbus-cloud-client-017/lib/workspace.sh
You'll need to point your Cloud Scheduler install to this client. Set the workspace_path option to point there.
Be sure that you have a valid x509 proxy available before starting Cloud Scheduler. You can create one with:
The Cloud Scheduler configuration file allows you to configure most of its functionality, and you'll need to open it up to get a usable installation. All of its options are described inline in the example configuration file cloud_scheduler.conf, which is included with Cloud Scheduler.
By default, the Cloud Scheduler setup script installs its configuration files to /etc/cloudscheduler/, but you can manually select a different configuration by running cloud_scheduler with the -f option. If you're running as a non-root user, Cloud Scheduler will also check for config files in ~/.cloud_scheduler/
Cloud Scheduler checks for config files in the following order, and will use the first one it finds:
[config specified with the -f option] ~/.cloudscheduler/cloud_scheduler.conf /etc/cloudscheduler/cloud_scheduler.conf
The cloud resource configuration file, cloud_resources.conf, is where you define which clouds Cloud Scheduler should use for starting VMs. You'll specify how many VMs you want to boot on each cloud, and what it's capabilities are. The best way to get familiar with this file is to open up the sample cloud_resources.conf file, where all of its configuration options, and a sample configuration are included.
Like cloud_scheduler.conf, the Cloud Scheduler setup script installs this file in /etc/cloudscheduler/, but you can manually select a different configuration by running cloud_scheduler with the -c option. You can also specify the location of this file with the cloud_resource_config option in the cloud_scheduler.conf file.
There is a cloud scheduler init script at scripts/cloud_scheduler. To install it on systems with System V style init scripts, you can do so with:
# cp scripts/cloud_scheduler /etc/init.d/
Start it with:
# /etc/init.d/cloud_scheduler start
On Red Hat-like systems you can enable it to run at boot with:
# chkconfig cloud_scheduler on
NOTE: If you've used a non-default Python, you may need to set the PYTHON variable in the init script. If you've installed in a non-default location, you may need to set your EXECUTABLEPATH variable.
To Stop Cloud Scheduler without it shutting down VMs (Current VMs will be saved to the persistence file specified in the cloud_scheduler.conf and get reloaded when Cloud Scheduler is started - Note that loading the VMs from persistence may take awhile)
# /etc/init.d/cloud_scheduler forcekill
To Reload the cloud_resources.conf without restarting Cloud Scheduler
# /etc/init.d/cloud_scheduler reconfig
Configuring a VM for EC2 / Eucalyptus
The way Cloud Scheduler manipulates Condor to connect to the correct central manager is by writing files which are read by the Condor init script to configure itself. Nimbus supports this out of the box, but EC2 requires a helper script to accomplish this. This section explains how to install it.
Install the EC2 Context Helper script to your machine. This is a part of the Cloud Scheduler release tarball, and is in the scripts/ec2contexthelper/ directory.
# /etc/init.d/cloud_scheduler start # cd scripts/ec2contexthelper/ # python setup.py install # which contexthelper # /usr/bin/contexthelper # chkconfig context on
Submitting a job for use with Cloud Scheduler is very similar to submitting a job for use with a regular Condor Scheduler. It would be helpful to read through Chapter 2 of the Condor Manual for help on submitting jobs to Condor.
Jobs meant to be run by VMs started by Cloud Scheduler need a few extra parameters to work properly. These are: (Required parameters are highlighted)
- Requirements = VMType =?= “your.vm.type” : The type of VM that the job must run on. This is a custom attribute of the VM advertised to the Condor central manager. It should be specified on the VM’s condor_config or condor_config.local file.
- VMLoc or VMAMI : The URL (for Nimbus) or AMI (for EC2-like clusters) of the image required for the job to run
- VMCPUArch : The CPU architecture that the job requires. x86 or x86_64. Defaults to x86.
- VMCPUCores : The number of CPU cores for the VM. Defaults to 1.
- VMStorage : The amount of scratch storage space the job requires. (Currently ignored on EC2-like Clusters)
- VMMem : The amount of RAM that the VM requires.
- VMNetwork : The type of networking required for your VM. Only used with Nimbus. Corresponds to Nimbus’s network pool.
- VMInstanceType : The EC2 instance type of the VM requested. Only used with EC2 clouds like Amazon.
- VMMaximumPrice : The maximum price in cents per hour for a VM (EC2 Only)
- VMKeepAlive : Number of minutes a VM should stay up after job finishes
- VMHighPriority : 1 (Optional flag) Indicates a high priority job to Cloud Scheduler – high priority job support can be enabled in the cloud_scheduler.conf
- TargetClouds : A comma separated list of names of clouds that you would like your job to use
- CSMyProxyServer : The hostname of the myproxy server you’d like to use for credential renewal
- CSMyProxyCredsName : The name of your myproxy credentials
- VMJobPerCore : bool – Assigns multiple slots to a multi-core VM
A Sample Job
# Regular Condor Attributes Universe = vanilla Executable = script.sh Arguments = one two three Log = script.log Output = script.out Error = script.error should_transfer_files = YES when_to_transfer_output = ON_EXIT # # Cloud Scheduler Attributes Requirements = VMType =?= "vm.for.script" +VMLoc = "http://repository.tld/your.vm.img.gz" +VMAMI = "ami-dfasfds" +VMCPUArch = "x86" +VMCPUCores = "1" +VMNetwork = "private" +VMMem = "512" +VMStorage = "20" Queue
Using Proxy Certificates
For a more secure, but more complicated setup allowing your users to use their own proxy certificates, there is a guide on the heprc wiki:
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