On Mar 15, 2011, at 9:27 AM, Nate Coraor wrote:

> Ry4an Brase wrote:
>> As use of our Galaxy installation is picking up, we're getting a lot of
>> requests for greater fairness and transparency in the Galaxy job runner
>> area.
>> As I understand things the primary tool Galaxy gives us to affect
>> processing order and wait times with our torque-based setup is the
>> ability to map specific tools to varying queues or to keep them on a
>> local-runner.
>> On one end of the spectrum I could see a simple division of
>> small/fast/light jobs on local and big/heavy/slow job on a single
>> cluster queue.  On the other extreme one could set up a queue per tool
>> and use sophisticated queue management stuff on the torque side of
>> things to balance capacity across tools, users, expected processing
>> time, etc.
>> How are other sites handling this?
> Hi Ry4an,
> I'd prefer to keep most of the scheduling in the DRM (Torque, SGE, etc.)
> since that's what it's designed to do.  That said, we want to make it as
> easy as possible to do this, and Galaxy currently only sort of has the
> ability to do it.  By currently I mean that you can set DRM parameters
> per-tool in the config file.
> There are a couple of pieces that need to exist.  For environments like
> our public site where Galaxy users can't map one-to-one with system
> users, Galaxy itself needs to be able to limit the number of jobs a user
> can run on a particular cluster.  Work on this component is under way.
> On environments where Galaxy users *are* system users, Galaxy needs to
> do things that interact with the system, such as reading files from disk
> for upload, exporting files for download, and submittings cluster jobs
> as the real user.  Writing this is near-ish to the top of my list.
> There's a final piece which we've discussed here quite a few times but
> are not very close to implemeting.  That would be a config language to
> allow Galaxy to make decisions about DRM parameters to set based on
> variables like input size or sequence count, parameters selected, and so
> forth.  A good example of where this is needed is in the mappers, which
> currently have a hardcoded multiprocessor setting of 4 that is almost
> certainly not appropriate for all environments.  Ideally Galaxy would be
> able to decide where to run the job and based on that information, know
> how many threads/processes to start based on the resources the job is
> given.  I'd love to see this also be able to make assumptions about
> runtime so that DRM backfill could be properly employed, but this may
> not be possible since most job runtimes are probably not a calculable
> function of the size of the input data and the selected parameters.
> --nate

are there issues open for these Galaxy changes?  I would like to follow the 

Glen L. Beane
Senior Software Engineer
The Jackson Laboratory
(207) 288-6153

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