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Status Submitted
Workspace Spectrum Symphony
Components Future Version
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 5, 2022

Symphony jobs log retrieval enhanced mechanism

Whereas Symphony provides an easy way to retrieve its own cluster logs through its System Logs web interface, the same is not true for user jobs submitted to the cluster. Today, a given job’s log is generated and stored on the filesystem. A user must log onto the filesystem in order to retrieve that job’s log. This is a bit of a hassle when you think that an end user is submitting its job to a portal, which in turns submits the job to the Symphony cluster, then the user must initiate an SSH session to the Symphony cluster to retrieve the job.

Conductor handles this is a nicer way where it allows a user to retrieve stderr and stdout of a given job driver and its executors through the GUI itself and via APIs. The request for enhancement here is to have Symphony jobs operate in a similar fashion, by allowing users to retrieve jobs’ logs throug the GUI or, more importantly, via API.

Needed By Quarter
  • Admin
    Dennis Xiao
    Dec 14, 2022
  • Guest
    Dec 12, 2022

    Application logs and structure are external to Symphony. Applications generate 1000's of log files and searching these logs through the Symphony GUI is not practical. Customers typically use ELK for this purpose.

    Symphony has GUI support to retrieve application logs, but the location of these logs are assumed to be on the local disk of the compute host. Symphony can only download a small number of logs at one time before running into timeouts. For most common use cases, downloading a small number of files is sufficient, if the application developer is looking for something specific.

    If all logs are located in one location, then using "ssh" to access the log location is a far better approach. If the application developer is looking for a specific message or job log on a large set of hosts, then using a tool like grep to search will be much more efficient than downloading around 10 logs at a time, checking them and moving on to the next set.