1. 06 Dec, 2005 1 commit
    • Mike Hibler's avatar
      Phase II in disk state saving for swapout. · ed0d25b4
      Mike Hibler authored
      Exec summary: after this checkin, the infrastructure exists (once enabled)
      to create swapout-time "delta" images for all machines in experiments.
      There is only a single, cumulative swap image per node (i.e., all diffs
      are from the base image, not from the previous swap).
      What doesn't yet exist, is the mechanism for reloading the delta at
      swapin time.  That is Phase III.
      The nitty-gritty:
      1. Keep disk image signature files for all nodes in an experiment.
         New fields in the DB to track, for each disk partition, what image the
         partition was loaded from.  This enables us at swapin or os_load time to
         create signature files in /proj/<pid>/exp/<eid>/swapinfo for the current
         contents of a node disk/partition.  All nodes with the same image loaded
         will share (via symlink) the same signature file.  TODO: no longer
         referenced signature files should be removed.
         Signature info is only collected in the swapinfo directory if the
         experiment is set to have disk state saving enabled (see #5 below).
         Info consists of the <vname>.sig file, which is the file created
         by imagehash, and <vname>.part which says what the root disk is
         for the node and whether to look at the whole disk or just a single
         partition when crafting the delta image.
      2. Swapout-time hook for creating swapout image.
         If the experiment is marked as allowing disk state saving, tbswap
         will arrange to run and then monitor the create-swapimage command
         on each node.  This script will run the modified version of imagezip
         which uses the signature file to create a delta image.
         The command to run and maximum timeout are specified via sitevars
         (previously checked in).  Note that the tbswap script currently has
         special knowledge of /usr/local/bin/create-swapimage as a swapout
         time script.  If the swap/swapout_command sitevar is set to that,
         Magic Stuff shall occur (i.e. it will monitor the command and make
         periodic reports of progress).  The sitevars are a total hack and
         will disappear at some point.
      3. Client-side script for creating swapout image.
         os/create-swapimage, very similar to create-image.  Uses the info
         stashed in /proj/..blahblah../swapinfo to create a delta image.
         XXX fer now hack: the script first looks in /proj/<pid>/bin for an
         imagezip binary to use.  Failing that, it uses the one in the MFS.
         This allows for easier development of the imagezip changes (i.e.,
         don't have to update the MFS every time.
      4. Auto creation of signature files for new images.
         The create_image script (the one that runs on boss when creating images
         for users) has been modified to automatically create a signature via
         imagehash.  The .sig file winds up in /usr/testbed/images/sigs or
         in /proj/<pid>/images/sigs.  From there it will be copied at swapin/os_load
         time to the per-expt swapinfo directory for any node that uses the images.
         The process for creating standard system images (aka, "Mike") has not
         yet been modified.  When the image creation/installation procedure
         is formalized into a script, this will be done.
      5. Web changes to set/clear saving of disk state at swapout time.
         Add a checkbox to the experiment create page to allow setting "save
         swap state".  Also added to the experiment modify page, but currently
         "if (0)"ed out as it will need some additional support.  The showstuff
         page will show it.
         Taking a page from Leigh's hack book, if EXPOSESTATESAVE in defs.php3
         is set to zero (as it is now), then the checkbox doesn't appear in the
         create experiment page except for STUDLY users.
  2. 09 Nov, 2005 1 commit
  3. 06 Oct, 2004 1 commit
  4. 29 Apr, 2004 1 commit
    • Leigh B. Stoller's avatar
      Add prelim support for using linktest. Because of problems, this is · 6cdccbd2
      Leigh B. Stoller authored
      currently available to only people with stud=1 status in the DB.
      * www/tbauth.php3: Add a STUDLY() function to check that bit.
      * www/linktest.php3: New page to run linktest on the fly. The level
        defaults to the current level in the experiments table, but you can
        override that via the form on the page.
      * www/showexp.php3: Add link to aforementioned page. STUDLY() only.
      * www/beginexp_form.php3: Add an option (selection) to set the linktest
        level for create/swapin. Defaults to 0 (no linktest). STUDLY() only.
      * www/editexp.php3: Add an option to edit the default linktest level
        for an experiment. STUDLY() only.
      * tbsetup/batchexp.in and tbsetup/swapexp.in: Add code to optionally run
        the linktest, sending email if it fails (exists with non-zero status).
        Failure does not affect the swapin.
  5. 17 Nov, 2003 1 commit
    • Leigh B. Stoller's avatar
      Merge the two state machines (batchstate and state) into a single · 2025e0bd
      Leigh B. Stoller authored
      state machine (state). All of the stuff that was previously handled by
      using batchstate is now embedded into the one state machine. Of
      course, these mostly overlapped, so its not that much of a change,
      except that we also redid the machine, adding more states (for
      example, modify phases are now explicit. To get a picture of the
      actual state machine, on boss:
      		stategraph -o newstates EXPTSTATE
      		gv newstates.ps
      Things to note:
      * The "batchstate" slot of the experiments table is now used solely to
        provide a lock for batch daemon. A secondary change will be to
        change the slot name to something more appropriate, but it can
        happen anytime after this new stuff is installed.
      * I have left expt_locked for now, but another later change will be to remove
        expt_locked, and change it to active_busy or some such new state name in
        the state machine. I have removed most uses of expt_locked, except those
        that were necessary until there is a new state to replace it.
      * These new changes are an implementation of the new state machine,
        but I have not done anything fancy. Most of the code is the same as
        it was before.
      * I suspect that there are races with the batch daemon now, but they
        are going to be rare, and the end result is probably that a
        cancelation is delayed a little bit.
  6. 09 Oct, 2003 1 commit
  7. 30 Sep, 2003 1 commit
    • Leigh B. Stoller's avatar
      Up to now we have had two state variables associated with an experiment, · 4269dad1
      Leigh B. Stoller authored
      plus a lock field. The lock field was a simple "experiment locked, go away"
      slot that is easy to use when you do not care about the actual state that
      an experiment is in, just that it is in "transition" and should not be
      messed with.
      The other two state variables are "state" and "batchstate". The former
      (state) is the original variable that Chris added, and was used by the tb*
      scripts to make sure that the experiment was in the state each particular
      script wanted them to be in. But over time (and with the addition of so
      much wrapper goo around them), "state" has leaked out all over the place to
      determine what operations on an experiment are allowed, and if/when it
      should be displayed in various web pages. There are a set of transition
      states in addition to the usual "active", "swapped", etc like "swapping"
      that make testing state a pain in the butt.
      I added the other state variable ("batchstate") when I did the batch
      system, obviously! It was intended as a wrapper state to control access to
      the batch queue, and to prevent batch experiments from being messed with
      except when it was really okay (for example, its okay to terminate a
      swapped out batch experiment, but not a swapped in batch experiment since
      that would confuse the batch daemon). There are fewer of these states, plus
      one additional state for "modifying" experiments.
      So what I have done is change the system to use "batchstate" for all
      experiments to control entry into the swap system, from the web interface,
      from the command line, and from the batch daemon. The other state variable
      still exists, and will be brutally pushed back under the surface until its
      just a vague memory, used only by the original tb* scripts. This will
      happen over time, and the "batchstate" variable will be renamed once I am
      convinced that this was the right thing to do and that my changes actually
      work as intended.
      Only people who have bothered to read this far will know that I also added
      the ability to cancel experiment swapin in progress. For that I am using
      the "canceled" flag (ah, this one was named properly from the start!), and
      I test that at various times in assign_wrapper and tbswap. A minor downside
      right now is that a canceled swapin looks too much like a failed swapin,
      and so tbops gets email about it. I'll fix that at some point (sometime
      after the boss complains).
      I also cleaned up various bits of code, replacing direct calls to exec
      with calls to the recently improved SUEXEC interface. This removes
      some cruft from each script that calls an external script.
      Cleaned up modifyexp.ph3 quite a bit, reformatting and indenting.
      Also fixed to not run the parser directly! This was very wrong; should
      call nscheck instead. Changed to use "nobody" group instead of group
      flux (made the same change in nscheck).
      There is a script in the sql directory called newstates.pl. It needs
      to be run to initialize the batchstate slot of the experiments table
      for all existing experiments.
  8. 26 Sep, 2003 1 commit
  9. 19 Sep, 2003 1 commit
    • Leigh B. Stoller's avatar
      Redo the Edit Experiment Metadata page; turned it into a standard form · 3f56ba9b
      Leigh B. Stoller authored
      based page that looks like the original Begin Experiment page. Be sure
      to look at the page in both admin mode and non-admin mode since I had
      some trouble determining how swappable is treated these days.
      Oh, added the ability to convert non-batch experiments into batch, and
      back. The experiment must be unlocked and in the swapped state to go
      in either direction.
      Also added the cpu_usage and mem_usage slots for editing. I added a
      comment about planetlab only, since otherwise we would just confuse
      normal users who have no idea what they mean. I could conditionalize
      them on having plab nodes, but thats difficult to figure out in the
      web page when the experiment is swapped out, so lets not worry about