Interacting with a HTCondor compute service {#guide-102-htcondor}

A wrench::HTCondorComputeService instance is essentially a front-end to several "child" compute services. As such, one can submit jobs to it, just like one would do to any compute service, but it then "decides" to which service these jobs will be delegated. In fact, a WMS can even add new child compute services to be used by HTCondor dynamically. Which child service is used is dictated/influenced by service-specific arguments passed or not passed to the wrench::JobManager::submitJob() method.

The examples code fragments below showcase the creation of a wrench::HTCondorComputeService instance and its use by a WMS. Let's start with the creation (in main). Note that arguments to service constructors are omitted for brevity (see the WMS implementation in examples/condor-grid-example/CondorWMS.cp for a complete and working example).

// Create a BareMetalComputeService instance
auto baremetal_cs = simulation->add(new wrench::BareMetalComputeService(...));

// Create two BatchComputeService instances
auto batch1_cs = simulation->add(new wrench::BatchComputeService(...));
auto batch2_cs = simulation->add(new wrench::BatchComputeService(...));

// Create a HTCondorComputeService instance with the above 
// three services as "child" services
auto htcondor_cs = simulation->add(
     new wrench::HTCondorComputeService("some_host", 
                                        {baremetal_cs, batch1_cs, batch2_cs}, 

// Create a CloudComputeService instance
auto cloud_cs = simulation->add(new wrench::CloudComputeService(...));

Let's now say that a WMS was created that has access to all 5 above services, but will choose to submit all jobs via HTCondor. The first thing to do, so as to make the use of the cloud service possible, is to create a few VM instances and add them as child services to the HTCondor service:

// Create and start to VMs on the cloud service
auto vm1 = cloud_cs->createVM(...);
auto vm2 = cloud_cs->createVM(...);
auto vm1_cs = cloud_cs->startVM(vm1); 
auto vm2_cs = cloud_cs->startVM(vm2);

// Add the two VM's bare-metal compute services to HTCondor

So, at this point, HTCondor has access to 3 bare-metal compute services (2 of which are running inside VMs), and 2 batch compute services.

Let's consider a WMS that will submit wrench::StandardJob instances to HTCondor. These jobs can be of two kinds or, in HTCondor parlance, belong to one of two universes: grid jobs and non-grid jobs. By default a job is considered to be in the non-grid universe. But if the service-specific arguments passed to wrench::JobManager::submitJob() include a "universe":"grid" key:value pair, then the submitted job is in the grid universe. HTCondor handles both kinds of jobs differently:

In the example below, we show both kinds of job submissions:

// Create a standard job and submit it to HTCondor as a non-grid job,
// which will thus run it on one of its 3 child bare-metal compute services
auto ng_job = job_manager->createStandardJob(...);
job_manager->submitJob(ng_job, htcondor_cs, {}); // no service-specific arguments

// Create a standard job and submit it to HTCondor as a grid job,
// which will run it on the specified child batch compute service. 
auto g_job = job_manager->createStandardJob(...);

std::map<std::string, std::string> service_specific_args;
service_specific_args["-N"] = "2"; // 2 compute nodes
service_specific_args["-c"] = "4"; // 4 cores per compute nodes
service_specific_args["-t"] = "60"; // runs for one hour
service_specific_args["universe"] = "grid"; // Grid universe
// Set it to run on the first batch compute service
service_specific_args["-service"] = batch1_cs->getName(); 

job_manager->submitJob(g_job, htcondor_cs, service_specific_args);

The above covers the essentials. See the API documnetation for more options, and the code in the examples/condor-grid-example/ directory for working/usable code.

Anatomy of the HTCondor Service # {#guide-htcondor-anatomy}

The in-simulation implementation of HTCondor in WRENCH is simplified in terms of its functionality and design when compared to the actual implementation of HTCondor. The wrench::HTCondorComputeService spawns two additional services during execution, wrench::HTCondorCentralManagerService and wrench::HTCondorNegotiatorService, both of which loosely correspond to actual HTCondor daemons (collector, negotiator, schedd). Their use is fully automated and transparent to the WRENCH developer.