HTCondor Jobs In Containers
This page explains two methods of running LHC jobs in SL6 containers using HTCondor with SL7 worker nodes.
The SL7 or Centos7 worker nodes should have:CVMFS, HTCondor, Docker engine, CA certs and fetch-crl installed. See https://docs.docker.com/engine/installation/linux/rhel/ for information on how to install Docker engine.
Usually autofs is used with CVMFS but this will not work with Docker - you will likely get errors of the form:
ls: cannot open directory /cvmfs/cms.cern.ch: Too many levels of symbolic links
Each CVMFS repository must be mounted manually, e.g.
mount -t cvmfs grid.cern.ch /cvmfs/grid.cern.ch mount -t cvmfs grid.cern.ch /cvmfs/cms.cern.ch
In a production environment /etc/fstab should be used instead of course.
Add the condor user to the Docker group so that HTCondor has permission to run containers:
usermod -G docker condor
Some additional HTCondor configuration required in order to automatically bind mount CVMFS and /etc/grid-security into all Docker containers run by HTCondor:
DOCKER_MOUNT_VOLUMES=CVMFS, GRID_SECURITY, PASSWD, GROUP DOCKER_VOLUMES=CVMFS, GRID_SECURITY DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_CVMFS=/cvmfs:/cvmfs:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_GRID_SECURITY=/etc/grid-security:/etc/grid-security:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_PASSWD=/etc/passwd:/etc/passwd:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_GROUP=/etc/group:/etc/group:ro
Here we also bind mount /etc/passwd and /etc/group into the containers so that pool accounts are available. The pool accounts must be configured on the host.
With HTCondor 8.5.8 and above it's possible to specify what directories to mount in containers using an expression. For example, with this configuration:
DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_GRID_SECURITY=/etc/grid-security:/etc/grid-security:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_PASSWD=/etc/passwd:/etc/passwd:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_GROUP=/etc/group:/etc/group:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_CVMFS_GRID=/cvmfs/grid.cern.ch:/cvmfs/grid.cern.ch:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_CVMFS_CMS=/cvmfs/cms.cern.ch:/cvmfs/cms.cern.ch:ro DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_CVMFS_ATLAS=/cvmfs/atlas.cern.ch:/cvmfs/atlas.cern.ch:ro DOCKER_MOUNT_VOLUMES=GRID_SECURITY, PASSWD, GROUP, CVMFS_GRID, CVMFS_CMS, CVMFS_ATLAS DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_CVMFS_CMS_MOUNT_IF=regexp("cms",Owner) DOCKER_VOLUME_DIR_CVMFS_ATLAS_MOUNT_IF=regexp("atl",Owner)
the CMS CVMFS repository would only be available to jobs which are running with a username containing "cms" and the ATLAS CVMFS repository would only be available to jobs which are running with a username containing "atl". Other volumes, such as the grid CVMFS repository, are made available to all jobs.
HTCondor 8.5.8 or above must be used.