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Introduction

  • The StickySubagent Instruction can be used to execute a number of jobs with the same Subagent of a JS7 - Agent Cluster. Use of Agent Clusters is subject to the terms for clustering with the JS7 - License.
  • Technically the block instruction checks the first available Subagent of a Subagent Cluster. This Subagent will be used for subsequent jobs within the block instruction.
    • The underlying use case is the situation when jobs in a workflow create temporary files that should be picked up by successor jobs. If successor jobs are executed with different Subagents on different servers then they might not find files created by predecessor jobs.
    • If the Subagent used for the first job of the StickySubagent Instruction becomes unavailable for subsequent jobs then the order will be put to the BLOCKED state. Users can decide to cancel the order or to make the Subagent available later on.
    • Jobs within a StickySubagent Instruction block can be assigned the predetermined Subagent or they can be assigned Standalone Agents and Subagent Clusters unrelated to the StickySubagent Instruction.

FEATURE AVAILABILITY STARTING FROM RELEASE 2.5.0

Workflow Instruction: StickySubagent

Static Assignment of Subagent Cluster

Download example (upload .json): pdfAgentClusterStickySubagentFork.workflow.json

Assigning the Subagent Cluster to the StickySubagent Instruction

The workflow editor is used to add a StickySubagent Instruction as shown:

  • The StickySubagent Instruction is assigned a Subagent Cluster.
  • The StickySubagent Instruction includes a number of jobs that should be executed on the same Subagent of the given Subagent Cluster.


Explanation:

  • The StickySubagent Instruction is assigned the Subagent Cluster active-active-all-agents from the AgentCluster001 cluster.
  • The jobs inside the StickySubagent Instruction are executed on the same Subagent that is a member of the active-active-all-agents Subagent Cluster.
    • Users are free to exempt individual jobs from using the same Subagent and instead to execute the job for example on a Standalone Agent. 

Assigning an Agent Cluster to a Job Instruction

Individual jobs inside the StickySubagent Instruction are assigned Subagents like this:

  • The Select Agent or Subagent radio button is selected and the same AgentCluster001 cluster as for the StickySubagent Instruction is selected.
  • The Subagent Cluster active-active-all-agents is selected that corresponds to the Subagent Cluster assigned the StickySubagent Instruction.

Dynamic Assignment of Subagent Cluster

The difference between dynamic and static assignment of the intended Subagent Cluster is about the fact that 

  • static assignment is performed by workflow configuration,
  • dynamic assignment is performed by order variables or workflow variables that are created on-the-fly or based on previous job results.

Download example (upload .json): pdfAgentClusterStickySubagentVariable.workflow.json

Using a Workflow Variable to specify the Subagent Cluster

The example introduces two more levels of complexity:

  • The Subagent Cluster indicating the Subagents on which to execute jobs in parallel is dynamically specified from a workflow variable.
  • The StickySubagent Instruction is combined with a JS7 - Fork-Join Instruction that allows parallel execution of jobs with the same or with other Subagents.


Explanation:

  • The subagent_cluster workflow variable is assigned a default value indicating the active-active-all-agents Subagent Cluster.
    • The default value can be overwritten by an order that specifies this variable.

Using a Subagent Expression to assign the Subagent Cluster to the StickySubagent Instruction

The workflow editor is used to add a StickySubagent Instruction as shown:

  • The StickySubagent Instruction is assigned a Subagent Expression.
    • This includes to select an Agent Cluster.
    • This includes to specify an expression, for this example the workflow variable $subagent_cluster, that carries the name of the Subagent Cluster.
  • The StickySubagent Instruction includes a number of jobs that should be executed on the same Subagent of the given Subagent Cluster.

Delimitation

  • The StickySubagent Instruction requires a single job or other instruction to be used as the first node in the block instruction.
  • The JS7 - Fork-Join Instruction cannot be used as the first node within the StickySubagent Instruction. It can be used with any later node.

Error Handling

The StickySubagent Instruction selects the first available Subagent of the given Subagent Cluster. Subagents not available at the point in time of execution of the instruction are not considered.

  • If the Subagent used for the first job of the StickySubagent Instructions becomes unavailable for subsequent jobs then the order will be put to the BLOCKED state.
  • Users can decide to cancel the order or to make the Subagent available later on. A BLOCKED order will continue execution when the Subagent becomes available.

Standard error handling applies to jobs within the StickySubagent Instruction.

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