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Web Services Grid Resource Allocation and Management (WS GRAM) component comprises a set of WSRF-compliant Web services to locate, submit, monitor, and cancel jobs on Grid computing resources. WS GRAM is not a job scheduler, but rather a set of services and clients for communicating with a range of different batch/cluster job schedulers using a common protocol. WS GRAM is meant to address a range of jobs where reliable operation, stateful monitoring, credential management, and file staging are important.
New Features new since 3.2
Support for mpich-g2 jobs:
- multi-job submission capabilities
- ability to coordinate processes in a job
- ability to coordinate subjobs in a multi-job
- Publishing of the job's exit code
- The ability to select the account under which the remote job will be run. If a user's grid credential is mapped to multiple accounts, then the user can specify, in the RSL, under which account the job should be run.
- Optional client-specified hold on a state. Released with the new "release" operation.
Other Supported Features
- Remote job execution and management
- Uniform and flexible interface to batch scheduling systems
- File staging before and after job execution
- File / directory clean up after job execution (after file stage out)
- managed-job-globusrun has been replaced by globusrun-ws.
- Service managed data streaming of job's
- File staging using the GASS protocol
- File caching of stages files, e.g. GASS Cache
- The following link lists all of the bugs resolved for WS GRAM since GT 3.2: Resolved Bugs
- The following link lists all of the bugs or enhancements known at the time for the 4.0.0 release: Known Bugs
- Recoverability for jobs which employ any staging directives (i.e. fileStageIn, fileStageOut, and fileCleanUp) is not working. Fixes have been committed to a branch and will be included with the 4.0.1 point release in a month or so.
GRAM depends on the following GT components:
- Java WS Core
- Transport-Level Security
- Delegation Service
- MDS - internal libraries
GRAM depends on the following 3rd party software. The dependency exists only for the batch schedulers configured, thus making job submissions possible to the batch scheduling service:
Scheduler adapters are included in the GT 4.0.x releases for these schedulers:
Other scheduler adapters available for GT 4.0.x releases:
Tested platforms for WS GRAM:
- Fedora Core 1 i686
- Fedora Core 3 i686
- Fedora Core 3 yup xeon
- RedHat 7.3 i686
- RedHat 9 x86
- Debian Sarge x86
- Debian 3.1 i686
Tested containers for WS GRAM:
- Java WS Core container
- Tomcat 4.1.31
Protocol changes since GT version 3.2:
- The protocol has been changed to be WSRF compliant. There is no backward compatibility between this version and any previous versions.
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