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QCG Notification Installation in PL-Grid

Within QosCosGrid the QCG Notification service is used for brokering notification messages about the job state changes. All instances of the QCG BES/AR services acts as the information Producers while the QCG Broker as the Consumer. In most cases it is enough that only one instance of the QCG Notification is deployed per Administrative Domain (i.e.: not necessary one per Cluster). You can install the Smoa Notification service on the same machine where the QCG BES/AR service? is installed.

The implementation name of the QCG Notification service is Smoa Notification and this name is used as a common in this guide.


Similarly to Smoa Computing (QCG BES/AR), the Smoa Notification service may be installed from the provided RPMs. Assuming that the Smoa Computing service has been installed and initially configured (thus the basic dependencies are satisfied), the procedure is as follows:

  • ensure that the smoa_ntf user is present in a system, otherwise create it:
      # useradd -d /opt/plgrid/var/log/smoa-ntf/ smoa_ntf
  • install PL-Grid (official) and QCG (testing) repositories, if you have not done this yet.:
      #QosCosGrid testing repository
      # cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/qcg.repo << EOF
      name=QosCosGrid YUM repository
      #Official PL-Grid repository
      # rpm -Uvh
  • install Smoa Computing using YUM Package Manager:
      # yum install smoa-ntf
  • setup Smoa Notification database using provided script:
      # /opt/plgrid/qcg/smoa/share/smoa-ntf/tools/
      Welcome to smoa-ntf installation script!
      This script will guide you through process of configuring proper environment
      for running the Smoa Notification service. You have to answer few questions regarding
      parameters of your database. If you are not sure just press Enter and use the
      default values.
      Use local PostgreSQL server? (y/n) [y]: y
      Database [smoa_ntf]: 
      User [smoa_ntf]: 
      Password [smoa_ntf]: MojeTajneHaslo
      Create database? (y/n) [y]: y
      Create user? (y/n) [y]: y
      Checking for system user smoa_comp...OK
      Checking whether PostgreSQL server is installed...OK
      Checking whether PostgreSQL server is running...OK
      Performing installation
      * Creating user smoa_ntf...OK
      * Creating database smoa_ntf...OK
      * Creating database schema...OK
      * Checking for ODBC data source smoa_ntf...
      * Installing ODBC data source...OK
      Remember to add appropriate entry to /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf (as the first rule!) to allow user smoa_ntf to
      access database smoa_ntf. For instance:
      host    smoa_ntf       smoa_ntf    md5
      and reload Postgres server.

  • Add a new rule to the pg_hba.conf as requested:
      vim /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf 
      /etc/init.d/postgresql reload


Service configuration

The service should be ready to use "out-of-the-box", however basic configuration may be needed to setup Host and Port on which Smoa Notification should listen as well as parameters of database connection: DSN, User and Password. It can be done by editing the main Smoa Notification configuration file located in: /opt/plgrid/qcg/smoa/etc/smoa-ntfd.xml. A part of the configuration file with marked key parameters is presented below:

                <sm:Module xsi:type="sm:ecm_gsoap.service">

For more information about configuration of the service please take a look at the Smoa Notification guide installed in the /opt/plgrid/qcg/smoa/share/smoa-ntf/doc/ directory.

After finishing the SMOA Notification configuration you must edit the Smoa Computing service configuration file again and update the content of the <ServiceURL> elements (in <Module xsi:type="smc:notification_wsa"> section). For e.g. if in the /opt/plgrid/qcg/smoa/etc/smoa-ntfd.xml one can find <Host><Host> and <Port>19001<Port> the <ServiceURL> must be set to

Note: You must restart the Smoa Computing service after updating the smoa-compd.xml configuration file.

Running the service

The Smoa Notification initialization script is automatically added to init.d directory and may be run as a standard system service:

  /etc/init.d/smoa-ntfd start

The service logs can be found in:


It could be then stopped with the following command:

  /etc/init.d/smoa-ntfd stop

Note: smoa-ntfd will be started with the smoa_ntf user permissions.

Verifying the installation

After starting the Smoa Notification service and updating the Smoa Computing configuration try to submit a simple job and check the Smoa Computing log file to see if there are now any error messages on sending notifications, e.g.:

 $ tail -f /opt/plgrid/var/log/smoa-comp/smoa-comp.log
 INF Sep 17 16:15:01 24201 0x44b22940 [notification_ws] Sending notify message (topic = ActivityState/TerminalState/Finished, activity_id = 0544b24a-e960-400e-4910-f1a893632610, status = Finished)

Configuring firewall

Please have a look at this section.