[gridengine users] Request: Understanding qacct

Gowtham g at mtu.edu
Fri Sep 1 21:14:30 UTC 2017

Good afternoon.

I am having a difficult time understanding the output of 'qacct' in our
cluster. The output of this command

qacct -b 201601010000 -e 201612312359

is as follows:

WALLCLOCK: 5177246915
UTIME: 18823970903.294
STIME: 1458328785.078
CPU: 97217627416.480

I am assuming WALLCLOCK is the wall time of all simulations in seconds, and
CPU is the CPU time of all simulations in seconds. Converting them to
hours, I get 1,438,124 hours for wall time, and 27,004,896 hours for CPU

Our HPC cluster has 1536 cores and the core count stayed the same in 2016.
1536 cores running 24 hours each day and 365 days a year would yield
13,455,360 core-hours.

How would I go about explaining the observed discrepancy: maximum possible
core hours (13,455,360) vs accounted core-hours (27,004,896)?

This RQS rule has always been in effect:

   name         limit_oversubscription
   description  Prevent core over-subscription
   enabled      TRUE
   limit        hosts {*} to slots=$num_proc

Thank you for your time and help.

Best regards,

Gowtham, PhD
Director of Research Computing, IT
Adj. Asst. Professor, ECE and Physics
Michigan Technological University

P: (906) 487-4096
F: (906) 487-2787
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