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Previous Contents Index Execution Queues

Descriptions of types of execution queues follow: Generic Queues

Descriptions of types of generic queues follow:

14.1.3 Understanding Autostart Queues

Compaq recommends that you use autostart queues whenever possible for a variety of reasons. Autostart queues simplify startup and ensure high availability of execution queues, allowing you to perform the following tasks:

To use autostart queues, you must perform the following three steps:
Task Description
1 Create the queue as an autostart queue and, optionally, specify a failover list.
2 Activate the queue for autostart. You can do this either when you create a queue, or after you create one.
3 Enable autostart on a node. You can do this before or after you create a queue.

When you enable autostart on a node, the queue manager automatically starts all stopped, active autostart queues capable of running on the node. Any autostart queue that fails over to the node is also automatically started.

Section 14.3 explains these steps in detail.

14.2 Designing Queue Environments

The following sections describe how to design batch queue and output queue environments.

14.2.1 Designing a Batch Queue Environment

You can design batch queues for a single queue, multiple queues, or OpenVMS Cluster environments. Each section referred to in the following table contains figures showing sample configurations to assist you in designing your batch processing environment. Your configuration may combine elements from several of these examples.
Configuration For More Information
A single queue for limited batch processing Section
Multiple queues for heavy batch processing, or customized queues for specialized batch processing Section
An OpenVMS Cluster environment Section Using a Simple Batch Queue Configuration

You can use this simple configuration, which is suitable for limited batch needs, for a standalone system supporting mainly interactive processing.

Figure 14-1 shows a single, default batch queue.

Figure 14-1 Default Batch Queue

By default, when a user submits a batch job with the SUBMIT command, the job is placed in the queue named SYS$BATCH. To set up a single default queue on a standalone system, name the queue SYS$BATCH. Using Specialized Batch Queues

If your users rely on batch processing or have special processing needs, you might want to set up more than one queue. You can customize batch queues to handle specialized jobs by specifying performance and resource options for jobs in the queue.

Figure 14-2 shows a configuration of several queues, each customized to process certain types of batch jobs.

Figure 14-2 Multiple Batch Queues with Special Resource and Performance Options

In Figure 14-2, SYS$BATCH is the default queue. Normal batch jobs would be submitted to this queue. The FAST queue executes high-priority jobs that should not be swapped out of memory. SLOW is a background queue for processing low-priority jobs. These are large jobs with large requirements for physical memory.

Be conservative when changing base priority and swapping on a queue. Even a slight change can have a significant negative effect on batch and interactive performance. For example, even an increase of 1 in a queue's base priority can affect performance significantly.

For information about specifying these options for a batch queue, see Section 14.6.4. Using Generic Batch Queues in an OpenVMS Cluster Environment

You can use generic queues in a OpenVMS Cluster environment to balance processing resources by distributing batch processing across nodes in the cluster. (For an explanation of generic queues, see Section 14.1.2.)

Figure 14-3 shows a typical configuration.

Figure 14-3 Batch Queue Configuration with Clusterwide Generic Queue

In Figure 14-3, a generic clusterwide batch queue named SYS$BATCH feeds jobs to execution queues on each node in the OpenVMS Cluster environment. A job submitted to SYS$BATCH is placed in the appropriate execution queue to minimize the ratio of executing jobs to job limits for all execution queues fed by SYS$BATCH.

For example, suppose execution queues MOE_BATCH, LARRY_BATCH, and CURLY_BATCH all have a job limit of 5. If MOE_BATCH and LARRY_BATCH are executing four jobs and CURLY_BATCH is executing one job, the generic queue SYS$BATCH feeds the next job to CURLY_BATCH.

Refer to OpenVMS Cluster Systems for more information about OpenVMS Cluster queue configurations. For information about how to create a generic queue, see Section 14.4.3.

14.2.2 Designing an Output Queue Environment

Use the following sample configurations to design your output environment. Your configuration will probably combine elements from several of these examples.
Configuration For More Information
A single print queue for limited printing Section
Printers of different types Section
PostScript printing Section
Access to printers from multiple systems Section
Multiple printers of the same type Section
An OpenVMS Cluster environment Section
Applications that print output by writing directly to a printer rather than submitting to an output queue Section
Distributed printing Section Using a Simple Output Queue Configuration

Figure 14-4 shows a simple queue configuration for limited printing needs. This configuration is appropriate for a standalone system supporting a single printer.

Figure 14-4 Simple Output Queue

By default, when a user submits a print job with the PRINT command, the job is placed in the queue named SYS$PRINT. To set up a single default printer queue on a standalone system, name the queue SYS$PRINT. Mixing Printers

If you have several different types of printers (for example, an LN03 printer, an LA210 printer, and an LP27 line printer), you must set up a separate queue for each printer. The options, such as the default form or device control library, that you use with these queues will probably differ according to the printer to which the queue's output is sent. For example, the default form for a line printer might have a width of 132 columns, while the default form for an LN03 printer might have a width of 80 columns.

Figure 14-5 shows such a configuration.

Figure 14-5 Queue Configuration with Mixed Printers Printing PostScript Files

The operating system does not include software to support PostScript printing. To print PostScript files, you must have either of the following equipment:

For more information, see your Compaq support representative. Using LAT Printers

To share printers among multiple systems or OpenVMS Cluster environments, you can connect printers to a LAT port on a terminal server. Figure 14-6 shows an output queue configuration with a remote printer on a terminal server.

Figure 14-6 Configuration for Remote Printers on a Terminal Server

Compaq recommends that you set up your LAT queues as autostart queues with failover lists to ensure that these queues are highly available. Because LAT printers are usually shared among users of multiple systems or clusters, many users will be affected if a LAT queue is unavailable.

For information about how to create autostart queues with failover lists, see Section 14.4.2. Using Generic Output Queues

If you have more than one printer of the same type (for example, if you have three line printers), use generic queues to balance the print load among the printers. Figure 14-7 shows such a configuration.

Figure 14-7 Queue Configuration with Three Like Printers and a Generic Queue

For information about how to create a generic queue, see Section 14.4.3. Using OpenVMS Cluster Queues

Figure 14-8 shows a typical OpenVMS Cluster output queue configuration. For information about OpenVMS Cluster queue configurations, refer to OpenVMS Cluster Systems.

Figure 14-8 Output Queue Configuration in an OpenVMS Cluster Spooling Printers

If your system runs application programs that write output directly to a printer rather than submit it to an output queue, or if you will be using LAT queues, spool your printers. Spooling your printers causes application programs to write output to an intermediate storage device so that the printer remains available to other users while the program is running.

Figure 14-9 shows an output configuration with spooled printers.

Figure 14-9 Queue Configuration with Spooled Devices

For more information about spooling printers, see Section Distributing Printing

The OpenVMS batch and print queuing system enables users to print files on output devices attached to the local system or OpenVMS Cluster system.

The Distributed Queuing Service (DQS) layered product extends the printing capabilities of the OpenVMS queuing system to a distributed environment. DQS enables users to print files on output devices attached to remote nodes in your network.

For more information, refer to the DQS documentation or your Compaq support representative.

14.3 Planning Your Queue Setup

You must create queues for users to submit jobs; you must start the queues so that jobs can begin processing. To set up and start queues, follow these steps:
Step Task For More Information
1 Make sure you have started the queue manager and created the queue database. Section 13.5
2 If your configuration includes output queues, set up output devices and create a command procedure to set up the devices on reboot. Section 14.3.1
3 If you plan to use any queue options, such as forms, characteristics, and banner pages, determine the qualifiers needed to specify those options. In addition, define any forms and characteristics you will use before you create queues. (Because of the length of the instructions for this step, the corresponding section in the manual follows the section for step 5.) Section 14.6
4 Create and start queues. Section 14.4
5 Create a command procedure to perform the necessary setup tasks each time your system reboots. Section 14.5

14.3.1 Setting Up Output Devices

Before creating output queues, you must set up the devices to which the queues will direct output.

How to Perform This Task

  1. Install any printers, plotters, and other output devices to which your users will have access. For information, refer to the documentation provided with the hardware.
  2. If you will use LAT printers, create logical LAT ports. You must create a logical LAT port on each service node to which a LAT printer is to be available, and associate the logical port with a physical port or service on the terminal server node. To do so, use the LATCP commands CREATE PORT and SET PORT. For more information, refer to the OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual.
  3. Set device characteristics for line printers and printers attached to terminal ports. To do so, use a series of SET commands. For more information, see Section 8.8.1. In step 5, you create a command procedure to set up your devices each time the system reboots. The commands you enter to set device characteristics must be included in this command procedure.
  4. Spool printers. If you use LAT printers, or if you run applications that write output directly to a printer, spool your printers. For more information about spooled printers, see Section
    To spool a printer, use the SET DEVICE/SPOOLED command, as explained in Section
  5. Create a command procedure to set up your device characteristics and spool printers each time the system reboots. You must include the commands you entered in steps 3 and 4 in the command procedure. (Include the commands you entered to set up logical ports in step 2 in your site-specific LAT startup command procedure SYS$MANAGER:LAT$SYSTARTUP.COM.)
    If your configuration is simple, you can add the commands to SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM. If your configuration requires a large number of commands, create a separate command procedure (for example, DEVICE_SETUP.COM), and execute it from SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM. In the command procedure, a SET TERMINAL command must precede a SET DEVICE/SPOOLED command for the same output device.



This example performs the following actions:

  1. Sets parameters for the line printer device
  2. Sets parameters for the LAT printer device
  3. Spools device and creates queue called LPA0
  4. Spools device and creates queue called LN03_1

14.4 Creating and Starting Queues

Create queues in the following order:

  1. Execution queues
  2. Generic queues

For detailed instructions on creating and starting queues, see the following sections:
Task For More Information
Autostart execution queues Section 14.4.1
Nonautostart execution queues Section 14.4.2
Generic queues Section 14.4.3

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