bbcp is a point-to-point network file copy application written by Andy Hanushevsky at SLAC as a tool for the BaBar collaboration. It is capable of transferring files at rates approaching the line speed of a WAN.
Version and Availability
Softenv Keys for bbcp on painter
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The information here is applicable to LSU HPC and LONI systems.
SoftEnv is a utility that is supposed to help users manage complex user environments with potentially conflicting application versions and libraries.
System Default Path
When a user logs in, the system /etc/profile or /etc/csh.cshrc (depending on login shell, and mirrored from csm:/cfmroot/etc/profile) calls /usr/local/packages/softenv-1.6.2/bin/use.softenv.sh to set up the default path via the SoftEnv database.
SoftEnv looks for a user's ~/.soft file and updates the variables and paths accordingly.
Viewing Available Packages
Using the softenv command, a user may view the list of available packages. Currently, it can not be ensured that the packages shown are actually available or working on the particular machine. Every attempt is made to present an identical environment on all of the LONI clusters, but sometimes this is not the case.
$ softenv These are the macros available: * @default These are the keywords explicitly available: +amber-8 Applications: 'Amber', version: 8 Amber is a +apache-ant-1.6.5 Ant, Java based XML make system version: 1.6. +charm-5.9 Applications: 'Charm++', version: 5.9 Charm++ +default this is the default environment...nukes /etc/ +essl-4.2 Libraries: 'ESSL', version: 4.2 ESSL is a sta +gaussian-03 Applications: 'Gaussian', version: 03 Gaussia ....
Listing of Available Packages
For a more accurate, up to date list, use the softenv command.
Currently there are some caveats to using this tool.
- packages might be out of sync between what is listed and what is actually available
- resoft and soft utilities are not; to update the environment for now, log out and login after modifying the ~/.soft file.
softenv is available on all LSU HPC and LONI clusters to all users in both interactive login sessions (i.e., just logging into the machine) and the batch environment created by the PBS job scheduler on Linux clusters and by loadleveler on AIX clusters..
This information can be viewed using the softenv command:
Managing Environment with SoftEnv
The file ~/.soft in the user's home directory is where the different packages are managed. Add the +keyword into your .soft file. For instance, ff one wants to add the Amber Molecular Dynamics package into their environment, the end of the .soft file should look like this:
To update the environment after modifying this file, one simply uses the resoft command:
The basic syntax for using the command is:
$ bbcp [opt] user@source:/path/to/data user@destination:/path/to/store/data
Possible options include:
- -P 2
- Give a progress report every 2 seconds
- -w 2M
- TCP window size of 2MBytes
- -s 16
- Set the number of streams to 16 (default is 4)
Other options may be necessary if bbcp is not installed in a regular location on either end of the transfer. This can lead to rather complex command lines:
$ bbcp -z -T \ "ssh -x -a -oFallBackToRsh=no %I -l %U %H /home/user/Custom/bin/bbcp" \ foobar-5.4.14.tbz "firstname.lastname@example.org:foo.tbz"
Last modified: March 07 2013 12:30:04.