The ggamess script¶
GC3Apps provide a script drive execution of multiple
each of them with a different input file.
It uses the generic gc3libs.cmdline.SessionBasedScript framework.
The purpose of GAMESS is to execute several concurrent runs of GAMESS each with separate input file. These runs are performed in parallel using every available GC3Pie parameters.
How to run GAMESS on the Grid¶
SSH to ocikbgtw, then run the command (it’s one single command line, even if it appears broken in several ones in the mail):
ggamess.py -A ~/beckya-dmulti.changes.tar.gz -R 2011R3-beckya-dmulti -s "a_session_name" "input_files_or_directories"
The parts in double quotes should be replaced with actual content:
a_session_name:Used for grouping. This is a word of your choosing (e.g., “test1”, “control_group”), used as a label to tag a group of analyses. Multiple concurrent sessions can exist, and they won’t interfere one with the other. Again, note that a single session can run many different .inp files.
input_files_or_directories:This part consists in the path name of .inp files or a directory containing .inp files. When a directory is specified, all the .inp files contained in it are submitted as GAMESS jobs.
After running, the program will print a short summary of the session (how many jobs running, how many queued, how many finished). Each finished job creates one directory (whose name is equal to the name of the input file, minus the trailing .inp), which contains the .out and .dat files.
For shorter typing, I have defined an alias ggms to expand to the
ggamess.py -A ... 2011R3-beckya-dmulti, so you could
shorten the command to just:
ggms -s "a_session_name" "input_files_or_directories"
For instance, to use
ggames.py to analyse a single .inp file you
ggms -s "single" dmulti/inp/neutral/dmulti_cc4l.inp
while to use
ggamess.py to run several GAMESS jobs in parallel:
ggms -s "multiple" dmulti/inp/neutral
Command-line options (those that start with a dash character ‘-‘) can
be used to alter the behavior of the
-Afilename.changes.tar.gzThis selects the file containing your customized version of GAMESS in a format suitable for running in a virtual machine on the Grid. This file should be created following the procedure detailed below.
Select a specific version of GAMESS. This should have been installed in the virtual machine within a directory named
gamess-version; for example, your modified GAMESS is saved in directory
gamess-2011R3-beckya-dmultiso the “version” string is
If you omit the
-R“version” part, you get the default GAMESS which is presently 2011R1.
-ssessionGroup jobs in a named session; see above.
-wNUMRequest a running time of at NUM hours. If you omit this part, the default is 8 hours.
-mNUMRequest NUM Gigabytes of memory for running each job. GAMESS’ memory is measured in words, and each word is 8 bytes; add 1 GB to the total to be safe :-)
Updating the GAMESS code¶
For this you will need to launch the AppPot virtual machine, which is done by running the following command at the command prompt on ocikbgtw:
After a few seconds, you should find yourself at the same
user@rootstrap prompt that you get on your VirtualBox instance, so
you can use the same commands etc.
The only difference of note is that you can exchange files between the
AppPot virtual machine and ocikbgtw via the job directory (whereas
/scratch in VirtualBox). So: files you copy into job in the
AppPot VM will appear into your home directory on ocikbgtw, and
conversely files from your home directory on ocikbgtw can be
read/written as if they were into directory job in the AppPot VM.
Once you have compiled a new version of GAMESS that you wish to test,
you need to run this command (at the
user@rootstrap command prompt
in the AppPot VM):
sudo apppot-snap changes ~/job/beckya-dmulti.changes.tar.gz
This will overwrite the file
beckya-dmulti.changes.tar.gz with the
new GAMESS version. If you don’t want to overwrite it and instead
create another one, just change the filename above (but it has to
end with the string
.changes.tar.gz), and the use the new name for
-R option to ggamess.py
Exit the AppPot VM by typing
exit at the command prompt.