Rescale CLI Tutorial

This section walks you through steps to write a job submission script file, submit a job, check job status and download files using the Rescale CLI App.

The tutorial is based on an LS-DYNA simulation example available from the Rescale Documentation page. You can obtain the LS-DYNA simulation file (neon.refined.rev01.k) used in this example here.

To submit a job that runs on a particular software (LS-DYNA in this case), you need to specify the software in your file.

#!/bin/bash #RESCALE_NAME="LS-DYNA Neon Example" #RESCALE_ANALYSIS=ls_dyna #RESCALE_CORE_TYPE=Emerald #RESCALE_CORES=2 #RESCALE_WALLTIME=1 #USE_RESCALE_LICENSE ls-dyna -n $RESCALE_CORES_PER_SLOT -i neon.refined.rev01.k -p single

Note: When copying the above script, ensure that there are no spaces following each environment variable. You can find the flags for the input script in the Rescale CLI Commands section. Also, the command on the last line is the same as you would use on the Rescale platform; you can find the command on the Rescale Web UI or using the list-info command (please refer to the Rescale CLI Commands).

Assuming you have your Rescale API Key environment variable (refer here), run the job using the command:

rescale-cli submit -i

The log will look like this on your terminal:

Executing Command.
Parsing Input Files
No existing files to include
Found Analysis: ls_dyna
Zipping File
Creating temporary encrypted zip at /tmp/rescale-cli-work3842771237402719984/
Finished writing encrypted file
Uploading Files
Uploading: /tmp/rescale-cli-work3842771237402719984/
##############################| 240B / 240B
Uploading: /tmp/rescale-cli-work3842771237402719984/
##############################| 368B / 368B
Job: Saving Job
Job CeMod: Saved
Job CeMod: Submitting
Job CeMod: --end-to-end flag not set, polling should be done manually.

The App will zip up all files in the current working directory into a temporary file called It will then upload both and to Rescale and include them as input files to the job. It will also include any files listed in the #RESCALE_EXISTING_FILES line of the input script. For example, if your directory looks like this:

And you submit your job, the App will temporarily create the zip file, as well as parse the script into Your directory will look like this:

The will include the following files – neon.refined.rev01.k,, The App will upload the file to Rescale along with the script. The App will then remove the zip file from the local file system and attempt to save/submit the job. If the job passes validation it will be saved and submitted to Rescale. The App will then start a polling cycle and wait for the status of the job to reach completed. At this point, the App will also print out a <job-id> which can be used for reference.

To check the status of the job running, type the following command by replacing rqRXT with your job ID –

rescale-cli status -j CeMod

The terminal will show the status of the message as shown –

rescale-cli status -j CeModAuthenticated as <user>@rescale.comThe status of job CeMod is Executing
download file path.45f69797

To download a file when the job is running, we use the download-file CLI command as show below. You can download only one file at a time.

rescale-cli download-file -j CeMod -f shared/d3plot

Here, we are downloading the file d3plot from the run. The command looks for the file in the cluster working directory and hence the file path relative to the working directory must be specified. Here, the file d3plot is present in the shared directory. To obtain the relative path of the file, please check the live-tailing window on the Rescale platform as shown.

To download files after a job has completed, we use the sync CLI command. You can download all the files of the completed job as shown –

rescale-cli sync -j CeModT

The terminal will show the following log –

rescale-cli sync -j CeModAuthenticated as <user>@rescale.comSyncing output files for job CeModJob CeMod: Downloading files to /Users/johndoe/Documents/CLI/LS-Dyna-Example/rescale_job_CeModDownloading /Users/shashank/Documents/CLI/LS-Dyna-Example/rescale_job_CeMod/download_20180703_224544_d3plotDownloading download_20180703_224544_d3plot:Downloading /Users/johndoe/Documents/CLI/LS-Dyna-Example/rescale_job_CeMod/process_output.log.... 

You can use output filtering using -f or -s flags to download only specific files. -f flag uses “glob” searching (On client side, bash only) while -s uses “string pattern” searching (On server side). Additionally, you can also use --exclude to exclude certain file from downloading.*is a wildcard that will match any string of characters and ? is a wildcard that will match any single character.

Example : The following command downloads all files starting with d3 while excluding d3hspd3dump01.0000 and d3dump01.0001 :

rescale-cli sync -j CeMod -f d3* --exclude d3hsp,d3dump01.0000,d3dump01.0000

For large jobs, the -s is recommended since it is on the server side.

Note -s does only string pattern searching and downloads all files with the given string pattern.