Central to Maui testing is the parameter SERVERMODE. This parameter allows administrators to determine how Maui will run. The possible values for this parameter are NORMAL, TEST, and SIMULATION. As would be expected, to request test mode operation, the SERVERMODE parameter must be set to TEST.
The ultimate goal of testing is to verify proper configuration and operation. Particularly, the following can be checked:
Maui must have a number of parameters specified in order to properly start up. There are three main approaches to setting up Maui on a new system. These include the following:
Simulation mode is of value if you would simply like to test drive the scheduler or when you have a stable production system and you wish to evaluate how or even if the scheduler can improve your current scheduling environment.
An initial test drive simulation can be obtained via the following step:
(change 'SERVERMODE NORMAL' to 'SERVERMODE SIMULATION')
(add 'SIMRESOURCETRACEFILE traces/Resource.Trace1')
(add 'SIMWORKLOADTRACEFILE traces/Workload.Trace1')
> maui &
|In simulation mode, the scheduler does not background itself like it does in both TEST and NORMAL mode.|
The sample workload and resource traces files allow the simulation to emulate a 192 node IBM SP. In this mode, all Maui commands can be run as if on a normal system. The schedctl command can be used to advance the simulation through time. The Simulation chapter describes the use of the simulator in detail.
If you are familiar with Maui, you may wish to use the simulator
to tune scheduling policies for your own workload and system. The
profiler tool can be used to obtain
both resource and workload traces and is described further in the section
'Collecting Traces'. Generally, at least a week's worth of workload
should be collected to make the results of the simulation statistically
meaningful. Once the traces are collected, the simulation can be
started with some initial policy settings. Typically, the scheduler
is able to simulate between 10 and 100 minutes of wallclock time
per second for medium to large systems. As the simulation proceeds,
various statistics can be monitored if desired. At any point, the
simulation can be ended and the statistics of interest recorded.
One or more policies can be modified, the simulation re-run, and the results
compared. Once you are satisfied
with the scheduling results, the scheduler can be run live with the tuned policies.
Test mode allows you to evaluate new versions of the scheduler 'on the side'. In test mode, the scheduler connects to the resource manager(s) and obtains live resource and workload information. Using the policies specified in the maui.cfg file, the test-mode Maui behaves identical to a live 'normal' mode Maui except the code to start, cancel, and pre-empt jobs is disabled. This allows you to exercise all scheduler code paths and diagnose the scheduling state using the various diagnostic client commands. The log output can also be evaluated to see if any unexpected states were entered. Test mode can also be used to locate system problems which need to be corrected. Like simulation mode, this mode can also be used to safely test drive the scheduler as well as obtain confidence over time of the reliability of the software. Once satisfied, the scheduling mode can be changed from TEST to NORMAL to begin live scheduling.
To set up Maui in test mode, use the following step:
> vi maui.cfg
(change 'SERVERMODE NORMAL' to 'SERVERMODE TEST')
Remember that Maui running in test mode will not interfere with
your production scheduler, be it Loadleveler, PBS, or even another version
|If you are running multiple versions of Maui, be they in simulation, normal, or test mode, make certain that they each reside in different home directories to prevent conflicts with config and log files, statistics, checkpointing, and lock files. Also, each instance of Maui should run using a different SERVERPORT parameter to avoid socket conflicts. Maui client commands can be pointed to the proper Maui server by using the appropriate command line arguments or by setting the environment variable MAUIHOMEDIR.|
For the adventurous at heart (or if you simply have not yet been
properly burned by directly installing a large, totally new, mission
of software) or if you are bringing up a new or development system, you may wish to dive in and start the scheduler in NORMAL mode. This
admin manual and the accompanying man pages should introduce you to the relevant issues and commands. To start the scheduler in NORMAL mode, take the following step:
That should be all that is needed to get you started.