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Scientific Applications of The Data Distribution Service

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This presentation from TechX shows a series of very interesting use cases highlighting the use of OpenSplice DDS in Scientific Applications.

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Scientific Applications of The Data Distribution Service

  1. 1. Scientific Applications of Data Distribution Service Svetlana Shasharina#, Nanbor Wang,Rooparani Pundaleeka, James Matykiewicz and Steve Goldhaber http://www.txcorp.com # sveta@txcorp.com
  2. 2. Outline• Introduction – Tech-X Corporation – Some driving scientific applications – Common requirements• QuIDS project • Workflow management • Security experiments • Python DDS implementation• Summary
  3. 3. http://www.txcorp.com Tech-X Corporation• Founded in 1994, located in Boulder CO• 65 people (mostly computational physics, app math, applied computer science)• Have been merging CS (C++, CORBA, GRID, MPI, GPU, complex via and data management) and physics and looking at DDS• Funded by DOE, NASA, DOD and sales• Applications in – Plasma modeling (accelerators, lasers, fusion devices, semiconductors) and beam physics – Nanotechnology – Data analysis
  4. 4. Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)• On ground digital camera to build in Chile to start in 2020 (?). Funded by DOE, NASA, university, private sector• Up to 2000 images/day + calibration data -> 30 TB/day• Processed locally and reprocessed and archived in Illinois (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)• Uses OpenSplice for control software• Can we help with data management: orchestration of steps and monitoring of data processing?
  5. 5. NoVA• NoVA: NuMI Off-axis ve (electronneutrino) Appearance experiment• Will generate neutrino beams atFNAL and send it to a detector inAsh River, Minnesota (500 mile in < 2 ms)• DOE funded (many labs and universities)• RMS (Responsive Messaging System) is DDS-based system to pass control and status messages in the NoVA data acquisition system (two types of topics but has many actual topics to implement point-to-point communications)• Will eventually need to go over WAN, and provide 10 Hz status transmissions between ~100 applications• Simplifies OpenSplice using traits (like simd-cxx) to minimize the amount of data types and mapping topics to strings
  6. 6. SciDAC-II LQCD• LQCD: Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (computational version of QCD: a theory of strong interaction involving quarks and gluons making up hadrons like protons and neutrons)• DDS is used to perform monitoring of clusters doing LQCD calculations (detect job failures, evaluate nodes loads and performance, start/kill etc)• Topics for monitoring and controls of jobs and resources• Use OpenSplice
  7. 7. Common themes for scientific apps and DDS• RT issues are not well estimated• Common usability needs – Support for scientific data formats and data products (from and out of topics): domain schemas and data transformation tools – Control and monitoring topics (can we come up with reusable schema?) – Simple APIs corresponding to expectations of scientists – Ease of modification (evolving systems not just production systems) – QoS cookbook (how to get correct combinations) – General education • Is DDS good for point-to-point (Bill talks only to Pete) • How one uses DDS without killing the system (memory etc)• Other requirements – Site and community specific security – WAN operation (Chicago and Berkeley, for example)
  8. 8. Common extra expectations• Automated test harness: – How one tests for correct behavior and QoS – Avoid regression in rapidly evolving system modified by a team• Interacting with databases (all data should be archived and allow queries)• Can we do everything using DDS to minimize external dependencies? – Efficient bulk data transfer (usually point-to-point and BIG triangles :-) – Workflow engine (workflow: loosely coupled applications often through files and can be distributed, while simulations is typically tightly coupled on a HPC resource)• Interacting with Web interfaces and Web Services
  9. 9. QuIDS: to address some issues• QuIDS: Quality Information Distribution System• Helping the applications above through Phase II SBIR from DOE (HEP office)• Collaboration of Tech-X and Fermilab• Goals (we will talk about the ones in red in rest of this talk): – Implement a DDS-based system to monitor distributed processing of astronomical data • Simplifying C++(done with simd-cxx?) and Python APIs • Support for FITS and monitoring and control data, images, histograms, spectra • Security • WAN • Testing harness – Investigate of of DDS for workflow management
  10. 10. QuIDS, bird eye view (courtesy of FNAL)
  11. 11. QuIDS at FNAL computational domain MCTopic SciTopic Monitor MCTopicW W W R R R R WCampaignManager MCTopic MCTopic Workflow Application(s) of apps SciTopic R W WComputa-onal  Domain
  12. 12. Generic workflows: do we need all?• Workflow is something outside of HPC (loosely coupled and can tolerate even WAN, while simulation is something that goes to qsub…)• Kepler (de-facto workflow engine expected for DOE applications): – Support for complex workflows – Java based – Heavy and hard to learn – Not portable to future platforms (DOE supercomputers might not have Java at all)• Real workflows in astronomy are simple (do not expressivness of full programming language or pi-algebra) – Pipelines – DAGs• How one implements such workflows using DDS?
  13. 13. Parallel pipeline: most of astronomy workflowsWorker(0) Task(0) Task(1) Task(N-1)Initialize Task(0) Task(1) Task(N-1) FinalizeWorker(2) Task(0) Task(1) Task(N-1) Tasks can be continued by different working processes: data can be passed between them (the Worker(1) performs Task(1) using data from Worker (0))
  14. 14. ddspipe: current implementation of workflow engine• Parallel pipeline job consist of – Initialization phase (splitting data into manageable pieces) running on one node – Parallel worker processes doing data processing tasks (possible not sharing the same address space) – Finalization step (merging data into a final image or movie)• There is an expected order in tasks, so that tasks can be numbered and output data of a previous step as input to next• Design decisions for now: – Workers do not communicate to each other – Workers are given work by a mediating entity: tuple space manager (no self-organization) – No scheduling for now (round-robin: tasks and workers are queued in the server) – Workers can get data coming from a task completed by a different worker (do not address the problem of data transfer now)• All communication is via DDS topics while data to work on is available through local files to all workers
  15. 15. GDS = Tuple Space but we want more (?)• Tickets: – Task ticket (id, indata, out data, status) – Task status: standby, ready, running, finished – Worker ticket (id, task ticket, status) – Worker status: ready, busy• Classic tuple space = set of task ticket and we could use only them but… instead of dealing with a self-organized (wild) system, we would like to implement – Workflow: M sequences of tasks with matching in and out data – Scheduling (based on policies, resources, location of workers) – Fault-tolerance (detecting and rescheduling of incomplete tasks)• Hence: we decided to have a class TupleSpaceServer to address these (currently just pipeline and queues and no FT)
  16. 16. ddspipe classes:• Initializer – Splits data, possibly creates workers and workspaces, publishes (for all initial work tickets with correct specification of the workflow• TupleSpaceServer – Changes status in task tickets in accordance with the workflow order: once a worker reports that task n done, a ticket for task n-1 with <n-1 in-data> = <n out-data> is changed to ready and worker topic is published (with the worker id next in the queue). Once a worker reports that is doing this work, the status is changed to running etc.• Workers – Publish their status – Listen to task assignment (matching its id to the one in the worker ticket)• Finalizer – Whatever to finish up (merge data and clean)
  17. 17. States of Tasks in Tuple Space Initial jobStatus,Run Eventual ticket ticket states states Taks executed sequentially Tuplespace Task0 Task0 internal Task0 Task0 Standby Ready Running Completed scheduling taskStatus,Task0,Completed Tuplespace Task1 Task1 internal Task1 Task1 Standby Ready Running Completed scheduling taskStatus,Taskn-1,Completed Tuplespace Taskn Taskn internal Taskn Taskn Standby Ready Running Completed schedulingSequences proceed independently in parallel
  18. 18. Tuple Space Manager Maintains Tasks Tickets and Schedules Tasks Tuple Space ticket Manager jobStatus Job Job Job task seq statusInitializer jobStatus ID ID ID Finalizer workerStatus jobStatus workTicket Worker ticket Idle Workers Compl Dispos Run eted able Worker Worker Worker Worker Worker
  19. 19. Status and next steps of ddspipe (beyond what bash can do :-)• Prototype working – Although we do have some issues with memory and bugs – I would like to experiment with no queuing: next task open for grabs if one of the tasks of the previous stage is finished• Next steps – User definition of workflow – Multiple jobs – Separation of worker manager from task manager? – Implementing workers doing slit-spectroscopy based on running R – DAG support – Some scheduling (balance between data transfer and mixing data between slow and fast workers?) – Data transfer implementation and in-memory data exchange
  20. 20. Security for scientific projects: from nothing to everything• OpenSplice enterprise edition provides Secure Networking Service: – Security parameters (i.e., data encryption and authentication) are d fined in Security Profiles in the OpenSplice configuration file. – Node authentication and access control are also specified in the configuration profile. – Security Profiles are attached to partitions which set the security parameters in use for that partition. – Secure networking is activated as a domain Service• Scientists are not used to pay • Used to: – Authenticate and authorize on connection – Rules are in admin area of a virtual organization (DDS should consult)
  21. 21. Providing security in community edition of OpenSplice• Tried to replace the the lower networking layer of OpenSplice with OpenSSL and see how one can provide authentication, authorization and encryption• OpenSSL is an open source toolkit: – Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security (new standard, replacing SSL) – General purpose cryptography library – Public Key Infrastructure (PKI): e.g., certificate creation, signing and checking, CA management
  22. 22. Switching to OpenSSL++ in the networking layer of community OpenSplice Applications Applications Data Centric Publish/Subscibe Data Centric Publish/Subscibe Real Time Publish/Subscribe Real Time Publish/Subscribe RT Net DDSi RT Net DDSi UDP / IP OpenSSL• The UDP/IP layer handles the interface to the operating- system’s socket interface• Switching to OpenSSL allowed us to establish secure tunnel between two sites• But the configuration should be done per each two nodes!
  23. 23. Future Directions in Security Work• Waiting for new development and will be happy to use to implement what is expected by DOE labs (our collaborators) security• Explore user data etc fields to address applications specifics if this is not addressed by the security profile
  24. 24. PyDDS: Python bindings for DDS communications• Started with SWIG for wrapping generated bindings: works fine but needed manual wrapping of multiple generated classes• Next worked with Boost.Python for wrapping of communication layer (set of classes that are used in the IDLPP generated code to call into OpenSplice for communication) so that there will be no need to wrap generated bindings• Problem: need to take care of inheritance manually and deal with several handlers that are unexposed C structs used in forward declarations
  25. 25. Status and next steps for PyDDS• Hand-wrapping of C++ bindings using SWIG works:#!/usr/bin/pythonimport timeimport TxddsPyqos = TxddsPy.Qos()qos.setTopicReliable()qos.setWriterReliable()writer = TxddsPy.RawImageWriter(”rawImage")writer.setTopicQos(qos)writer.setWriterQos(qos)data = TxddsPy.rawImage()writer.writeData(data)• Next: – Investigate wrapping communication classes so that we expose minimum for Boost.Python – Or develop tools for generating glue code needed to Boost.Python using a string list of topics
  26. 26. QuIDS summary and future directions• We have prototyped DDS-bases solutions for astronomy data processing applications – Tools for bringing FITS data into DDS – Simple QoS scenarios (getting prepublished data) – Parallel pipeline workflows – Security studies – Python APIs• Possible next steps – Language to describe workflows for user input into the system – More complex workflows and concrete implementations – Implementing FNAL security requirements – WAN communication between FNAL and LBNL going through firewall – Streamlining glue code generation for Python – Testing harness – Bulk data transfers – Archiving data into databases – Web interfaces
  27. 27. Acknowledgements• Ground Data System (GDS) team from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory• PrismTech• Nikolay Malitsky (BNL)• OpenSplice mailing list and its contributors• US Department of Energy, Office of High Energy Physics

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