Tuesday Exercise 3.1: Troubleshooting a DAG

The goal of this exercise is to troubleshoot some common problems that you may encounter when submitting a DAG using HTCondor. This exercise will likely take you longer than the allotted time; don't fret, there is an answer key provided, so you should work at your own pace.

Part 1: Acquiring the materials

The materials for this exercise are located on our web server.

  1. Log into learn.chtc.wisc.edu
  2. Use wget to retrieve the materials from the web server:

    [email protected] $ wget http://proxy.chtc.wisc.edu/SQUID/osgschool18/tues_31.tar.gz
  3. Extract the tarball using the commands you learned earlier today

  4. Change into the directory extracted from the tarball and explore its contents

anagram.dag is the main DAG that you will be submitting and although it may look like a simple, linear DAG, it's actually more like the DAG from Monday's exercise 4.2 because of the SUBDAG within it! There is only one .dag file in the extracted folder, so where does the SUBDAG come from?

Part 2: Finding anagramic squares

The contents of the tarball that you've extracted contain a DAG that is designed to solve Project Euler problem 98:

By replacing each of the letters in the word CARE with 1, 2, 9, and 6 respectively, we form a square number: 1296 = 36^2. What is remarkable is that, by using the same digital substitutions, the anagram, RACE, also forms a square number: 9216 = 96^2. We shall call CARE (and RACE) a square anagram word pair and specify further that leading zeroes are not permitted, neither may a different letter have the same digital value as another letter.

Using p098_words.txt, a 16K text file containing nearly two-thousand common English words, find all the square anagram word pairs (a palindromic word is NOT considered to be an anagram of itself).

What is the largest square number formed by any member of such a pair?

NOTE: All anagrams formed must be contained in the given text file.

Unfortunately, there are many issues with the DAG and its submit files that you will have to work through before you can you can obtain the solution to the problem (the code itself should be bug-free)! Submit the DAG:

[email protected] $ condor_submit_dag anagrams.dag

Then use your newfound HTCondor troubleshooting knowledge to find the answer to the Euler problem that ends up in result.out when you've successfully completed this exercise.

Answer key

There is also a working solution on our web server that can be retrieved with

[email protected] $ wget http://proxy.chtc.wisc.edu/SQUID/osgschool17/tues_31_answer.tar.gz

It contains comments labeled SOLUTION that you can consult in case you get stuck. Like any answer key, it's mainly useful as a verification tool, so try to only use it as a last resort or for detailed explanations to improve your understanding.