Change the execution order of processes on RM Server

FBTFBT Member Posts: 106 Unicorn
edited November 2018 in Help

Hallo community,


I am having a question similar to this one from 2014: Setting-process-priorities

My RM server license is limited to running one process at a time, which is perfectly fine for my purposes. I use the server instance mostly for extensive pre-processing and data gathering tasks. Having said that, some of those processes run for a very long time, due to numerous database querries and the respective process structures (i.e. many loops). Very long means several hours or even a couple of days. I ususally submit several of those processes at a time and just let it run until it is done.


However, sometimes I have a situation in which I would like to run a process on the same server instance, that is more important from a timing perspective than the data processing processes. If I send it to the server, it is automatically put at the end of the queue and I was wondering whether there is any way, I can move it up to be at the first spot of the queue. My current solution is aborting all queued processes, submitting the high priority processes and then submitting the whole lot of the low priority processes back to the queue. This seems quite non optimal.


I have read the doc on Process Execution Queues, but it does not really do what I was hoping for. Any hint on how I can sort the process execution order on RM Server after the processes have been submitted would be highly appreciated.


Thank you.


Best Answers

  • Marco_BoeckMarco_Boeck Administrator, Moderator, Employee, Member, University Professor Posts: 1,991 RM Engineering
    Solution Accepted



    you cannot. Queues are by design first in, first out. Re-ordering inside a queue is not possible. You will have to continue using the workaround.




  • BalazsBaranyBalazsBarany Administrator, Moderator, Employee, RapidMiner Certified Analyst, RapidMiner Certified Expert Posts: 955 Unicorn
    Solution Accepted



    you could implement "queueing" yourself using a database table (or whatever works best for you). 

    You'd have a meta-process which is queued on the server. It reads the process names ordered by the priority and executes the first one. When it's done, the process is marked in the database. The next iteration will catch the next process and so on.


    You take the process path from your queue, set a macro, and Execute Process using the path macro. Of course, you won't be able to pass variable parameters (macros). 


    It's probably not trivial and you'll find some corner cases but it might work better than stopping and re-submitting processes in the long run.






  • FBTFBT Member Posts: 106 Unicorn

    Hi Balázs,


    thanks for the creative approach. It does sound a bit daunting, but I will definetly try it out!

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