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5.4 Glidein

Glidein is a mechanism by which one or more Grid resources (remote machines) temporarily join a local Condor pool. The program condor_ glidein is used to add a machine to a Condor pool. During the period of time when the added resource is part of the local pool, the resource is visible to users of the pool, but, by default, the resource is only available for use by the user that added the resource to the pool.

After glidein, the user may submit jobs for execution on the added resource the same way that all Condor jobs are submitted. To force a submitted job to run on the added resource, the submit description file could contain a requirement that the job run specifically on the added resource.

5.4.1 condor_ glidein Requirements

The local Condor pool configuration file(s) must give HOSTALLOW_WRITE permission to every resource that will be added using condor_ glidein. Wildcards are permitted in this specification. For example, you can add every machine at by adding * to the HOSTALLOW_WRITE list. Recall that you must run condor_ reconfig for configuration file changes to take effect.

If it is undesirable to modify the security settings on your primary Condor pool, you can simply run your own personal Condor pool (which may exist entirely on a single machine and coexist with other instances of Condor). The glidein resources may then join this personal Condor pool, because you can set the security settings however you want. Using flocking, you can still have your jobs run on the combination of your personal glidein pool and any other Condor pools to which you have access.

5.4.2 What condor_ glidein Does

condor_ glidein first contacts the Globus resource and checks for the presence of the necessary configuration files and Condor executables. If the executables are not present for the machine architecture, operating system version, and Condor version required, condor_ glidein will attempt an automatic installation. If you need more control over how this works, see page [*].

When the files are correctly in place, Condor daemons are started. condor_ glidein does this by creating a submit description file for condor_ submit, which runs the condor_ master under the Globus universe. Once condor_ master begins running, it runs condor_ startd, which phones home to your condor_ collector to join your pool. The Condor daemons exit gracefully when no jobs run on the daemons for a configurable period of time. The default length of time is 20 minutes.

By default, the START expression for the condor_ startd daemon requires that the username of the person running condor_ glidein matches the username of the jobs submitted through Condor.

Here is an example of how a glidein resource appears, similar to how any other machine appears in your Condor pool. The name just has a slightly different form, in order to handle the possibility of multiple instances of glidein daemons inhabiting a multi-processor machine.

% condor_status | grep denal
7591386@denal LINUX       INTEL  Unclaimed  Idle       3.700  24064  0+00:06:35

Once the Globus resource has been added to the local Condor pool with condor_ glidein, job(s) may be submitted. To force a job to run on the Globus resource, specify that Globus resource as a machine requirement in the submit description file. Here is an example from within the submit description file that forces submission to the Globus resource

      requirements = ( machine == "" ) \
         && FileSystemDomain != "" \
         && Arch != "" && OpSys != ""
This example requires that the job run only on, and it prevents Condor from inserting the filesystem domain, architecture, and operating system attributes as requirements in the matchmaking process. Condor must be told not to use the submission machine's attributes in those cases where the Globus resource's attributes do not match the submission machine's attributes and your job really is capable of running on the target machine. You may want to use Condor's file-transfer capabilities in order to copy input and output files back and forth between the submission and execution machine.
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