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BigJob 0.4.84

SAGA-based Pilot-Job Implementation

Latest Version: 0.64.5


The SAGA BigJob framework is a SAGA-based pilot job implementation. The  Simple API for Grid Applications (SAGA) is a high-level, easy-to-use API for accessing distributed resources. SAGA BigJob supports a wide range of application types, and is usable over a broad range of infrastructures, i.e., it is general-purpose, extensible and interoperable. Unlike other common pilot job systems SAGA BigJob
(i) natively supports MPI job and
(ii) works on a variety of back-end systems, generally reflecting the advantage of using a SAGA-based approach.

Web Page & Mailing List

Web page:

Mailing list:


    $ curl -o
    $ python $HOME/.bigjob/python/
    $ . $HOME/.bigjob/python/bin/activate

See for further information. The Wiki includes among many things information on how to setup BigJob on various machines, e.g. on XSEDE (Ranger, Kraken) or FutureGrid.

Configuration of Coordination Backend

BigJob supports different communication & coordination backends via a plugin mechanism.
Currently supported backends:

A) SAGA Advert Service


C) ZMQ (ZeroMQ),

### A) SAGA Advert Service

1) Utilise coordination url parameter of BigJob to utilize the Advert Service:

        advert:// (Postgresql)
        advert://localhost/ (SQLite)

### Redis

1.) Install and run Redis (

Mac Homebrew:
        brew install redis redis-tools hiredis

Download Redis
Currently only tested with Redis 2.2.12

        $ tar -xzvf redis-2.2.12.tar.gz
        $ cd redis-2.2.12
        $ make
        $ make install (if root)

Start Redis (redis-server executable is located in src/ dir):

        cd src

2) Utilise coordination URL parameter of BigJob to connect to Redis instance:


Standard settings are:


### C) ZMQ

1.) Install ZeroMQ and pyzmq

1.1 Install ZMQ:

        $ wget
        $ tar -xzvf zeromq-2.1.7.tar.gz
        $ cd zeromq-2.1.7
        $ ./configure --prefix=$HOME/sw/zeromq-2.1.7
        $ make install

1.2 Activate BigJob virtualenv:

        . $HOME/.bigjob/python/bin/activate

1.3 Install Python bindings:

        $ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:$HOME/sw/zeromq-2.1.7/lib/
        $ export ZMQ_DIR=$HOME/sw/zeromq-2.1.9/

        $ pip install pyzmq

2) Utilize coordination url parameter of BigJob to utilize ZMQ:


will start a local tcp server.




*  setuptools >0.6c11,

*  setuptools-git >0.3.3,

Building PyPi package

        python build

Upload to PyPi

        python sdist upload
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