OSG Workflows

This section details the modifications necessary to submit your pegasus workflows on the OSG. Their team has set up an environment specifically for our software, so the only changes that need to occur are some configuration changes, and creating a tarred version of this library. Before you can process, you must request an account at osg connect. Additionally, osg connect contains additionally information for getting started, and generated sample super computing workflows.

System Configuration

Before beginning loading and execution of workflows, some environment variables need to be updated in order to have access to the appropriate software. All of this can be taken care of by adjusting your ~/.bash_profile. Adding the following module load commands:

source /cvmfs/oasis.opensciencegrid.org/osg/modules/lmod/5.6.2/init/bash

module load python/2.7
module load libgfortran
module load lapack
module load atlas
module load hdf5/1.8.13
module load netcdf/4.2.0
module load gnome_libs
module load ffmpeg/0.10.15
module load opencv/2.4.10
module load image_modules


Workflow submission only works if you use the pegasus version >=4.5.0. The default pegasus version is currently 4.5.1, but if you have another version of pegasus loaded you will not be able to submit. Check this by running pegasus-version.

Once you donwload ih, make sure to update your PATH, and PYTHONPATH to point to the donwload location of ih.

Image Loading

This image loading template looks nearly identical to the template from the previous example. The data set we use here is a small subset of the data from the previous example. There are no specific adjustments that need to be made for image crawling to work on the OSG. The difference in this case, is that the data is publicly available in the @RicePhenomics group folder. Here are the first few lines of the crawl.json file:

    "path": "/stash/project/@RicePhenomics/public/tinySet/%null%/%null%_%idnum%-%idchar%_%date%/%imgname%/0_0.png",
    "base": "/stash/project/@RicePhenomics/public/tinySet",

The data set located in /stash/project/@RicePhenomics/public/tinySet is publicly available, so you shouldn’t need to adjust this file at all! To setup a project directory and load images run:

ih-setup --dir awesome_project
# copy the above crawl.json file over awesome_project/input/crawl.json
cd awesome_project

Image Processing

The image processing file imgproc.json requires no osg specific changes, but make sure to adjust the paths to the ROI files appropriately to your project setup.


The configuration for osg submissions is very different, and you must additionally generate an ih distribution, and ssh keys to transfer your files. Here is the adjusted configuration file:

                "version": "1.0",
                "installdir": "/home/aknecht/stash/walia/ih/ih/build/scripts-2.7/",
                "profile": {
                        "pegasus": {
                                "style": "condor"
                        "condor": {
                                "universe": "vanilla",
                                "requirements": "OSGVO_OS_STRING == \"RHEL 6\" && HAS_FILE_usr_lib64_libstdc___so_6 && CVMFS_oasis_opensciencegrid_org_REVISION >= 3590",
                                "+WantsStashCache": "True",
                                "+ProjectName": "YOUR_OSG_PROJECT_NAME"
                "osg": {
                        "tarball": "/home/aknecht/stash/walia/ih/ih/dist/ih-1.0.tar.gz",
                        "ssh": "/home/aknecht/.ssh/workflow"
                "cluster": 80,
                "maxwalltime": {
                        "stats": 300,
                        "images": 2
                "notify": {
                        "email": "YOUR_EMAIL",
                        "pegasus_home": "/usr/share/pegasus/"

Most of the information is the same as the configuration file from the previous workflow example, but there are a few differences. First, there is a version definition, which should match the version of your ih tarball (Currently 1.0). Next, the condor configuration should have the “requirements” and “+WantsStashCache” definitions, and they should match as above. The “+ProjectName” definition is if you have a group on the OSG, and it should match your group name. Finally, there is an “osg” specific key. This requires a path to an ih tarball distribution, as well as a path to your ssh private key.

Creating the ih Distribution

To create a tarball distribution, navigate to your ih install, and run:

python setup.py sdist

This will create a dist folder, as well as an ih-1.0.tar.gz file. Pass the full path to this file into the “tarball” definition.


The python setup.py sdist commnad does not correctly create hashbangs for the ih scripts. The scripts need to point to the python2.7 we loaded from cvfms. To fix this, run the folllowing:

# first cd to the dist folder after creating it with python setup.py sdist
cd dist
# un-tar the archive
tar -zxvf ih-1.0.tar.gz
# cd to the scripts folder
cd ih-1.0/scripts/
# replace the '#!pytohn' hashbangs with the appropriate ones
sed -i 's/#!python/#!\/cvmfs\/oasis.opensciencegrid.org\/osg\/modules\/virtualenv-2.7\/image_modules\/bin\/python/' *
# cd out
cd ../../
# re-tar our folder
tar -zcvf ih-1.0.tar.gz ih-1.0

Creating ssh Keys

Next, for data staging and transferring files to work successfully, you need to create an ssh key pair for your workflow. Run the following:

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048

This while generate an ssh key pair. You will be prompted for a name and a password. When prompted for the password, hit enter to leave the password blank. After this finishes, there should be two files created in your ~/.ssh/ folder, a private key file and public key file with the name that you gave. The public key is simply the file that ends with ”.pub”. Append the contents of the public key file to your ~/.ssh/authorized_keys files. If there is not a ~/.ssh/authorized_keys files, then create it and append the contents of your public key to it.

cat ~/.ssh/KEY_NAME.pub >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Make sure you provide the full path to the PRIVATE key for the “ssh” definition. Now you are ready to generate and submit your workflow! Make sure you cd to your top level folder (awesome_project) and then run:



Upon successfuly completion of ih-run, a date and timestamped folder should be created in your top level folder (awesome_project). Your setup should now look like this:


An additional staging folder is created for osg workflows – this is where all the input and processed files are transferred through. The work directory is where actual processing is done – but initially starts empty. The output folder starts only with the output database, but contains no images to start with. The input folder contains a copy of your submitted templates in the templates folder, and a copy of all non-image raw-input files in the rawfiles folder. Finally, within the imgproc folder are the actual files required to submit a pegasus workflow. All you need to do to submit is execute the submit.sh script. This will launch your workflow, as well as creating a status.sh script for easy monitoring, and a remove.sh script if you want to remove your workflow. If there are other pegasus errors you may need to adjust your configuration.


Before executing the submit.sh script, unload the python/2.7 module.

Unfortunately, an awkward python version juggling needs to be done. The system pegasus wants python2.6, but ih needs python2.7. Make sure you execute:

module unload python/2.7

Before you submit you workflow.