[gridengine users] serial and mpi jobs running on the same nodes

Ursula Winkler ursula.winkler at uni-graz.at
Tue Jan 27 08:26:10 UTC 2015

On 01/26/2015 10:03 PM, Reuti wrote:
> Hi,
>> I'll trying to find a solution for an environment running serial jobs as well as mpi jobs on
>> 6 hosts where each host has 32 cores/slots. Due to the small number of nodes, assigning
>> each sort of jobs to separate nodes (e.g. nodes 1-2 for serial, nodes 3-6 for mpi jobs) is
>> not an option, expecially because the ratio serial:mpi is quite a variable one.
>> I tried out to set up 2 queues with "serial" as a subordinate queue to "mpi". - But that
>> only is unwasteful if the mpi job(s) use ~ 32 slots per host. Otherwise there are serial
>> jobs which could run but persist unnecessarily in a suspended state due to the fact
>> that the whole queue "serial" is suspended.
>> The other possible option should be the subordination of slots, but that doesn't work either
>> because the scheduler obviously (concerning subordination) is not capable of figuring out how many slots a mpi job actually is requesting, and so suspends stubbornly only one serial job -
>> which of course causes core oversubscription.
>> Has somebody an idea to solve this problem in a satisfying way?
> Why not submitting all jobs to one and the same queue?
> It might be good to provide a suitable:
> $ qconf -ssconf
> ...
> max_reservation                   20
> default_duration                  8760:00:00
> and submit the parallel jobs with "-R y" to avoid starvation. To use the backfilling in a proper way a value h_rt  needs to be provided too during submission.
> -- Reuti


I hoped I could avoid that. On all the other clusters we have separated 
nodes for each queue and that works fine without runtime 
limitations/requestions. I wanted to provide the same (usage) conditions 
also on the new cluster, but ok, if it should not be...
I'll set the configuration changes as you proposed and see how it works.
Thank you, Reuti.

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