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Re: [Condor-users] Request for Ideas/Plans: Designing a LargeCondor Pool
- Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 14:17:10 +0100
- From: "Michael Hess" <michael.hess@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [Condor-users] Request for Ideas/Plans: Designing a LargeCondor Pool
a good starting point is this ppt:
Administrators Tutorials: Tips for Deploying Large Pools
You might also want to tune your linux for scalability (the submitters and the master):
condor site for Linux Scalability
Condor and High Availability is described here
Here at the University of Plymouth, we are running around 1400 nodes with Condor at the moment, and aim to scale this up to more then 4000 as soon as it is running stable. We are using 3 submitters (having 30.000 - 150.000 jobs in the queues) of different specs and one central manager, which does not submit anything.
We are also about to set up a portal, which will handle the submission and will distribute it to the submitters.
We are using a shadred network drive to store the data and make it accessable to all the submitters (which is a good thing in general I think).
I really would recommand you to have more then one submitter, it is much better scalable. Please mind, that the condor_schedd (which launched the shadow processes etc) is a single thread program, so it can only use one CPU (the shadow processes use all CPUs). Also, for every running job, you will have one shadow process running (which consumes around 1MB of RAM), and having 1000 jobs running, is using a lot of Ram (more then 1GB only for the shadows).
Generally, the Submitter machines needs to have a lot of Ram (2GB are working fine for us). You also might want to tune the delay_shadow parameter a bit, as starting a shadow every 2s is taking a lot of time (500 shadows = 1000s = ~16.66 min), we have decreased it to 0.1 and this is working good for us.
If you want to have more tips, or if you are facing problems (condor thinks it is running more jobs then it is running shadows, jobs disapear into hyperspace), drop me an email, or ask at the list.
University of Plymouth