Processing procedures

Information about how to deal with processing requests.

ReDigi and ReReco requests

The three mains steps for handling ReDigi and ReReco requests are (1) prestaging, (2) assignment, and (3) announcing. Before running any of the scripts please see for details about how to setup the WMAgent environment.


There are two ways to get lists of input datasets which need to be subscribed to disk at a Tier-1. The first way is to run This will produce a list of workflows which can't be assigned because the input datasets are not on disk. From this list of workflows a list of input datasets can be produced. Alternatively, the script run without any arguments lists all ReDigi and ReReco workflows in assignment-approved as well as the input datasets.

The second way is to run the script This will produce a suggested list of PhEDEx subscriptions, and if run with the -e option will automatically make these requests. The scripts assumes that all input datasets should be subscribed to disk at the custodial Tier-1. Datasets with CERN as the custodial site are subscribed to FNAL. Note that no attempt is made to distribute work evenly amongst the Tier-1s. Therefore, I generally manually make subscriptions using the PhEDEx page after checking to see how much work there is at each site.

Assigning requests

The script is used to assign ReDigi and ReReco workflows. There are 3 different ways in which it can be used, depending on the options specified:
  • -w specify a single workflow, e.g. -w workflow_name
  • -f specify a file containing a list of workflows (one per line), e.g. -f file_name
  • with neither -w nor -f, a list of workflows in assignment-approved will be obtained automatically
By default workflows will not actually be assigned. In order to assign workflows the option -e must be specified.

Workflows can be assigned to a specific site using the -s option. For example, to assign a workflow to FNAL, use -s T1_US_FNAL. If no site is specified, the script will assign the workflow to the Tier-1 which has the input dataset (almost) fully on disk. In order to run a workflow at a site which doesn't have the input dataset on disk, you must specify the -o option.

The script will refuse to assign workflows under any the following conditions:

  • The input dataset is not VALID or PRODUCTION
  • The input dataset is not fully on disk at the site the workflow was assigned to, except if the -o option is used
  • The pileup dataset (if any) is not fully on disk at the site the workflow was assigned to

Use the -h option to get a fully list of possible arguments.

Generally it is enough just to run followed by -e in order to assign workflows. A list of workflows not assigned is also give, as well as the reason why they were not assigned.

Questions and Comments

  • the transfer request goes with normal priority, should it be high priority replication ?
  • the transfer is not auto approved, what is the latency ?

Announcing requests

I use the script to generate lists of workflows which can be announced. It assumes that the following conditions are true for a workflow to be announceable:
  • The workflow is in the closed-out state
  • The campaign is one of a hardwired list of campaigns
  • The output datasets are not already VALID
  • The output datasets are >= 95% and <= 100% complete
  • The dataset name doesn't contain test, TEST or None
Clearly there are some missing checks, for example, checking that the number of jobs created was above the appropriate minimum threshold for run-dependent MC. For these you need to check that the number of jobs created was above the appropriate threshold (500 for PU_RD1 or 2000 for PU_RD2).

Example usage:

$ python 
Considering: dmason_HCA-Spring14dr-Backfill-00002_00187_v1__141010_072615_4131
Considering: dmason_HCA-Spring14dr-Backfill-00002_00187_v1__141022_060213_3297
Considering: dmason_HCA-Spring14dr-Backfill-00002_00187_v1__141115_031745_5294
Considering: dmason_HCA-Spring14dr-Backfill-00002_00187_v1__141115_031805_9215
Considering: pdmvserv_HIN-HiWinter13DR53X-00071_00013_v1_nomix_150317_175305_5059
Announcing: pdmvserv_HIN-HiWinter13DR53X-00071_00013_v1_nomix_150317_175305_5059
DATA: /Pythia_D0tokaonpion_Pt0_TuneZ2_2760GeV/HiWinter13DR53X-nomix_STARTHI53_V28-v2/DQM
DATA: /Pythia_D0tokaonpion_Pt0_TuneZ2_2760GeV/HiWinter13DR53X-nomix_STARTHI53_V28-v2/GEN-SIM-RECODEBUG
If run with the -e option, then for the announceable workflows:
  • Will be changed to the announced state
  • Output datasets will be set to VALID
  • The script is run for any AOD, AODSIM, or MINIAODSIM output datasets

I usually run the script above and keep the output:

python > announce
To get a list of workflows which can be announced:
cat announce | grep Announc | awk '{print $2}'
and to get the corresponding list of datasets
cat announce | grep DATA | awk '{print $2}'

Once the above has been done, a message should then be sent to the Datasets Announcements HyperNews listing the appropriate datasets (one email per campaign).

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