System jobs overview

The most critical function of OneFS is maintaining the integrity of data on your Isilon cluster. Other important system maintenance functions include monitoring and optimizing performance, detecting and mitigating drive and node failures, and freeing up available space.

Because maintenance functions use system resources and can take hours to run, OneFS performs them as jobs that run in the background through a service called Job Engine. The time it takes for a job to run can vary significantly depending on a number of factors. These include other system jobs that are running at the same time; other processes that are taking up CPU and I/O cycles while the job is running; the configuration of your cluster; the size of your data set; and how long since the last iteration of the job was run.

Up to three jobs can run simultaneously. To ensure that maintenance jobs do not hinder your productivity or conflict with each other, Job Engine categorizes them, runs them at different priority and impact levels, and can temporarily suspend them (with no loss of progress) to enable higher priority jobs and administrator tasks to proceed.

In the case of a power failure, Job Engine uses a checkpoint system to resume jobs as close as possible to the point at which they were interrupted. The checkpoint system helps Job Engine keep track of job phases and tasks that have already been completed. When the cluster is back up and running, Job Engine restarts the job at the beginning of the phase or task that was in process when the power failure occurred.

As system administrator, through the Job Engine service, you can monitor, schedule, run, terminate, and apply other controls to system maintenance jobs. The Job Engine provides statistics and reporting tools that you can use to determine how long different system jobs take to run in your OneFS environment.

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To initiate any Job Engine tasks, you must have the role of SystemAdmin in the OneFS system.