Job management with the GUI

This section describes the parts 1 and 2 (described in the introduction section) of the JOBMANAGER GUI dedicated to the management of jobs.

JOBMANAGER provides some buttons to manage the user job list (see figure Main buttons for job management and job list).


Main buttons for job management and job list

The description of each button (framed in blue in the figure) is given in the table below.

Button Condition of activation Description Multi Selection
Create Always activated Launch the job wizard to create a job. Not matter
Start Job selected and job state equals to Created Start a job. No
Get Results Job selected and job state equals to Finish or Failed Get job results in the result directory. Yes
Stop Job selected and job state equals to Queued or Running or Paused Stop the job. If the job is registered into a remote batch manager, it is removed from it. Yes
Delete Job selected Delete a job. If the job is registered into a remote batch manager, it is removed from it. Yes
Restart Job selected and job state equals to Finish or Failed Restart a job. No
Edit/Clone Job selected Edit a job in created or Error or Failed or Not Created state. Clone a job in other state. No
Refresh jobs Always activated Update jobs states. Not matter

Tip: You could use the Auto Refresh button in GUI part 3 to enable an automatic refresh.

When a job is selected, the part 2 is filled with all the information that the JOBMANAGER has on the job. The figure Job widget information shows this part of the GUI. It contains two tabs. The first tab provides the main information and the run information. The second tab shows the input and output file list of the job.


Job widget information

Job creation workflow

This section describes the workflow when a job is created. The jobmanager uses a wizard to create a job.

The first page (see Create wizard page 1) of the wizard permits to define the job name and the job type. For each job type, the page provides an explanation of what job type refers.


Create wizard page 1

The second page (see Create wizard page 2) permits to add two files, the main job file (in this example a command file). You could also add an environment file that is not mandatory.


Create wizard page 2

The third page (see Create wizard page 3) permits to choose the resource where the job will be executed. You can also define the batch queue that you want to use.


Create wizard page 3

The fourth page (see Create wizard page 4) allows to define the resource requirements and limits for the job. You can define the maximum duration, the amount of memory needed (per node or per core if the batch manager supports it), the number of processors/cores for the job, and whether it should use nodes exclusively (not sharing them with other jobs). Time and memory requirements can be set to a “Default” value, which is the default for the selected cluster and queue.


Create wizard page 4

The fifth page (see Create wizard page 5) permits to add the input and output files. Input files are files located into the user computer that have to be transferred into the execution resource. Output files will be copied to the user computer at the end of the job. It’s mandatory to define the Remote working directory that is the directory where the job will be executed. Note that if a working directory is defined for the selected resource, the working directory for the job will be created as a subdirectory of the resource working directory by default. The name of this subdirectory will contain the current date and time. Of course, you can override this default value. Input files will be copied in this working directory. In this page, you can also define the result directory where the job’s results and logs will be copied.


Create wizard page 5

The sixth page (see Create wizard page 6) can be used to define some advanced parameters, which are generally optional. The field “Workload Characterization Key” is used on some clusters to associate each job with a project for instance. The field “Extra parameters” can be used to specify some other parameters or environment variables that are not available through the JOBMANAGER interface. The content of this field is added “as is” in the job submission file.


Create wizard page 6

The last page (see Create wizard page 7) finalizes the job creation. You could choose if you want or not start the job at the end of the wizard.


Create wizard page 7

Loading and saving job list

The JOBMANAGER permits to save and load the job list. For some jobs, this feature permits to follow the execution of a job into a different SALOME session by loading the list.

The figure Location of load and save job list buttons shows where are located the load and save buttons in the JOBMANAGER GUI.


Location of load and save job list buttons

All jobs cannot be followed between two SALOME sessions. Indeed, It’s the batch type of the resource that allows to know if you can or not follow a job. Currently, resources that use ssh for batch configuration cannot be followed. In this case, when the JOBMANAGER load the job, it will set this kind of job in the Error state.