A location-based scheduler plugin for the Gridway meta-scheduler
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Gridway Location-Based Scheduler

Created as part of NEP-02 for SAFORAH


The location based scheduler was designed with the idea that grid jobs often have extremely large data sizes, but relatively short runtimes. As such it can make sense to schedule to the grid site that is closest to your data. Keep in mind that closest can refer to geography, or your network. It's up to you to decide.

To do this, the user provides a list of the sizes and locations of the data required for a job, and the scheduler determines the optimal location to route the job to based on these data.


To install the scheduler, you'll need to copy 3 files to your Gridway installation directory. This should be exported as $GW_LOCATION. As your Gridway administrator user (usually either gwadmin or globus), do the following:

$ cp gw_location.py $GW_LOCATION/bin/
$ cp map.xml blacklist.xml $GW_LOCATION/etc/

Now verify that your installation worked:

$ $GW_LOCATION/bin/gw_location.py
usage: /usr/local/gridway/bin/gw_location.py -m mapping_file

Great! It worked!

Next, you'll need to modify your gwd.conf file, and set your dispatch manager to the location scheduler, to do that, comment out the line in your config beginning with DM_SCHED, and replace it with the following line:

DM_SCHED  = location:gw_location.py:-m etc/map.xml -b etc/blacklist.xml

Now restart Gridway, and confirm that the scheduler has started correctly:

$ grep "Scheduler location loaded" $GW_LOCATION/var/gwd.log
Wed Aug  4 17:07:04 2010 [DM][I]:   Scheduler location loaded 
(exec: gw_location.py, arg: -m etc/map.xml -b etc/blacklist.xml).

If it hasn't loaded properly, you can check the log file in $GW_LOCATION/var/location.log


Location based Scheduling requires a patch to GridGateWay, the Web Services front end to GridWay. This patch forwards location information provided in the job to GridWay. You can apply this patch in-place to an existing GridWay installation. This patch is included as "ggw_location.patch" in this source directory.

Run the following to patch your installation:

$ patch -p0 < /path/to/ggw_location.patch
patching file /usr/local/globus-4.0.8/lib/perl/Globus/GRAM/JobManager/gw.pm


This scheduler has two config files, map.xml and blacklist.xml:

map.xml -- provides a list of mappings of data sites, to execution sites. These mappings are used by the scheduler to determine where the closest cluster is to this data. For example, if you have data in data.eastcoast.ca, and that data is closest to cluster.halifax.edu, you would create the following mapping:


Add one of these mappings for each data site.

blacklist.xml -- This is a list of sites that you would like the scheduler to never schedule to. This is optional. It is in the following format:

  <!-- change these example blacklisted sites -->

To use these files, use the -m and -b options when invoking gw_location.py.


When submitting a job to a Gridway installation using this scheduler, you must provide a list of the data locations and sizes in your job description. This is done in the following format:


The units for data are arbitrary, but must be consistent for each location element for the scheduler to make sensible decisions. For example, always use megabytes as your unit, or always use gigabytes.

This data location information should be placed in an extensions element in your job description. Here is a trivial, but complete Globus job as an example:



  • Clean up code in gw_location.py
  • Fall back to builtin scheduler when location data is not available