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a python DRMAA library

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Distributed Resource Management Application API (DRMAA) bindings for Python. For more information read the docs.

If you simply want to run Python functions on a DRMAA-compatible grid, use GridMap.


  • Python 2.7+

  • A DRMAA-compatible cluster (e.g., Grid Engine)


To use the DRMAA Python library, you need to install it via pip:

pip install drmaa

and then setup any environment variables that are necessary for your particular DRM system. For SGE, this means SGE_ROOT and SGE_CELL, which should be set as follows:

export SGE_ROOT=/path/to/gridengine
export SGE_CELL=default

where /path/to/gridengine/ is replaced with the actual path to your Grid Engine installation, and default is replaced with your installation’s actual cell. The path is typically /var/lib/gridengine.

You will also need access to the C library, which can often be installed as part of the libdrmaa-dev package on most Unixes. Once you have installed that, you may need to tell DRMAA Python where it is installed by setting the DRMAA_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable, if it is not installed in a location that Python usually looks for libraries.

export DRMAA_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/


Thank you to StatPro and Educational Testing Service for funding the development of DRMAA Python.


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