9. Understanding Run Targets

A run target specifies where and how InTime implements the strategies generated during The InTime Flow. The Run Target (run_target) flow property allows the user the specify the target to use for a specific job.

InTime automatically takes over tasks such as distributing, running, retrieving results and finally collating the results in a consistent project history.

9.1. Local

The local run target runs strategies on the local machine. The Concurrent Runs (concurrent_runs) flow property controls how many strategies are run in parallel on the local machine. The concurrent run limit is capped by the number of processors available on the local machine, or the run limit enforced by the available licenses, whichever is the greatest.

9.2. Private Cloud

The private cloud run target allows strategies to be evaluated across multiple machines within a company’s internal network or datacenter.

9.2.1. Network Architecture

The private cloud architecture consists of a master controller (referred to as the private cloud server through the documentation), along with n number of clients. The master controller runs the InTime private cloud server software, while each worker runs an instance of InTime called the InTime Agent.

A visualization of this architecture is shown in Figure 155.


Figure 155: Private Cloud Network Architecture

Any client (typically referred to as the source of a job) connected to this network can submit a new job using InTime. Once submitted, the private cloud server will auto-assign (or when no workers are available, queue) the job to a number of workers. Each assigned worker’s agent will download the required files from the server, run the required strategies and finally upload the results to the server.

While the job is running, InTime running on the source can either continuously poll the server and download results as they become available from the workers, or the source can be used for other tasks and the results can be downloaded at some convenient time in the future.

9.2.2. Network Components

InTime Server (master controller)

The role of the master controller is to accept incoming requests from the workers. Every time a worker sends a heartbeat to the master, the master acknowledges and a handshake is established.

The master is listening on 2 ports and it is important for the server’s firewall to accept the incoming connection.

  • Communication file port: The port used for InTime communication. Make sure firewall or iptables allows incoming for the port. Default: 39940
  • File transfer port: The port used for file transfer operations. Make sure firewall or iptables allows incoming for the port. Default: 39941

Agents (workers)

Agents acts as workers in the private cloud architecture. The following network parameters needs to be configured for each worker:

  • Server host address: The host address of the master controller (private cloud server).
  • Communication file port: The port used for InTime communication. Default: 39440

The recommended way to specify these parameters is through the -ip and -comport arguments of the InTime Agent process. For more information on starting agents see Step 2.4. Disk Space Considerations.

Every time the InTime Agent is launched it will perform a network connectivity and licensing check which are both required to pass in order for the agent to launch successfully. Once started, each worker will send regular heartbeats to the InTime Server to indicate that it is still alive. For more information see InTime Group/Enterprise Configuration.

9.3. Plunify Cloud

The Plunify cloud platform utilizes the Amazon cloud to enable running of strategies using the massive computing power available by the Amazon platform. The Plunify cloud works on a credit based pre-paid, pay-as-you-use model and therefore no InTime license is required to use Plunify cloud. For more information on how to buy credits as well as credit pricing, please refer to the Plunify Credits Store.

A Plunify user account is required in order to use the Plunify cloud. When submitting a Plunify cloud job InTime will prompt for the user credentials of the account to use for the current job. Once authenticated,the number of credits linked to the account will be checked and if sufficient credits are available for the job, InTime will submit the job.