[gridengine users] Anyone using S-GAE reporting app with Univa grid engine?

Tina Friedrich Tina.Friedrich at diamond.ac.uk
Tue Mar 3 11:45:25 UTC 2015

I've been meaning to move to XDMoD for a while now (from UBMoD). Any 
pitfalls to watch out for? Does it still (like UBMoD) index on Job ID 
for SGE (I patched it internally to add a date stamp to that, as my job 
IDs ran over the old 9,999,999 twice in my accounting records...)

I second the 'keep the raw logs'.


On 02/03/15 21:21, Jesse Becker wrote:
> I spent a bit of time looking at things to replace ARCO--which I found
> more trouble than it's worth.  You *could* get it to work, but it was
> alsways more trouble that it was worth to do so, especially since it's
> simple to parse the accounting and reporting files.
> I looked at a few different open source projects to do SGE reporting
> including S-GAE (which looked good).  I went with XDMoD largely because
> the it superceeded UBMoD, the built-in reporting abilities are
> decent, and it supports multiple schedulers.  I also seriously considered
> writing my own, and put some work towards that (also an excuse to play
> with Redis a bit).  But then we'd just have N+1 implementations[1].
> I'd be very interested in hearing about S-GAE, since I didn't get around
> to playing much with it.
> One thing that we *have* learned is that you should keep all of the
> raw records.  They compress well, and disk space is cheap.  Our UGE
> logs compress about 85% using gzip -9, and is fast.  Other methods
> (xz) get almost 90%, but take about 100 times longer to compress.
> (The specific method doesn't matter, even LZO would do nicely).
> This is important, because you can "quickly" re-ingest all of your
> historical records into a new system in case you:
>     1) change systems.
>     2) botch an ingest and have to start over
>     3) Have a catestrophic failure of {host,database,hardware}and have
>        to recover.
> In the case of XDMoD, "backfilling" records requires a little trickery
> based on how they are processed, but it's nothing too complicated.
> [1] Obligatory XKCD:  http://xkcd.com/927/
> On Mon, Mar 02, 2015 at 11:54:26AM -0500, Chris Dagdigian wrote:
>> ooh the  various MoD ("metrics on demand") look pretty interesting.
>> Would love to chat about how people have made XDMoD and other variants
>> work with Grid Engine(s) -- can we get a little thread going on best
>> practices and recommendations for 3rd party reporting/metrics tools?
>> Suspect there would be decent interest in this ...
>> -Chris
>>> Tina Friedrich <mailto:Tina.Friedrich at diamond.ac.uk>
>>> March 2, 2015 at 11:37 AM
>>> Yes, there's an additional field - job_class.
>>> I'm not using S-GAE, so got nothing for you I'm afraid; I had a
>>> similar problem with UBMoD (which I'm still running), where I had to
>>> make (probably similar) changes to make it work (keep it working,
>>> rather).
>>> Tina
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