[DRMAA-WG] misssing exceptions and thread safety

Daniel Gruber D.Gruber at Sun.COM
Mon Mar 1 04:38:01 CST 2010

On 03/01/10 11:17, Andre Merzky wrote:
> Quoting [Daniel Gruber] (Mar 01 2010):
>>    Hi,
>>    while scanning the wiki I found following:
>>    The Job object methods should throw following exceptions:
>>    - "JobAlreadySuspendedException" from suspend method when
>>      job is already suspended. The DRMAA implementation have
>>      to make sure that suspend job is just called once. It is not enough
>>      for the DRMAA implementation to rely on own state, it should
>>      check the state automatically in order to avoid problems when
>>      the state is set outside of DRMAA. Should DRMAA deal with
>>      such cases?
> *Can* DRMAA deal with such cases?  These are two operations which
> are usually not atomic (1: check for state, 2: suspend) - so how can
> a DRMAA client side library ensure that the remote state does not
> change between these two calls, e.g. due to a 3rd part API call?
> I guess it's ok to throw when the backend replies with that error
> (job already suspended) - but requiring the DRMAA implementation to
> ensure atomicity is most likely futile.
> my $0.02, Andre.
You're right - atomicity seems not to be possible.

Another important thing to know would be if all DRMs are throwing such 
an exception
or are there any which are silently ignore second request and telling 
again that it
is suspended (suspend is idempotent). Do we have than a problem with the 
spec saying
that there is an Exception but on some implementations there will be 
never throw one?
We should make the exception optional if so.



>>    - "JobNotSuspendedException" from the resume method (like above).
>>    - "JobTerminatedException" when calling a method on a job
>>       when the job is already terminated.
>>       This is for "suspend" "resume" "hold" "release" "terminate"
>>    "waitStarted"
>>    Obvious synchronization problems:
>>    - accessing an already "deleted" JobTemplate: here that same as for a
>>    destroyed Session should apply (InvalidJobTemplateException)
>>    - accessing a job template while "deleting" (running a job or accessing
>>    otherwise): here that same as for a destroyed Session should apply
>>    (InvalidJobTemplateException)
>>    - write access for the job templates must be synchronized by the DRMAA
>>    implementation
>>    - Is there a need to make the invalid state of a JobTemplate (that is
>>    when a JobSession
>>      has been closed) as an accessible field or should every problem
>>    covered by the
>>     "InvalidJobTemplateException"?
>>    Regards
>>    Daniel

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