[slurm-users] ntasks and cpus-per-task

Loris Bennett loris.bennett at fu-berlin.de
Thu Feb 22 08:24:23 MST 2018

Hi, Other Chris,

Christopher Benjamin Coffey <Chris.Coffey at nau.edu> writes:

> Loris,
> It’s simple, tell folks only to use -n for mpi jobs, and -c otherwise (default). 
> It’s a big deal if folks use -n when it’s not an mpi program. This is
> because the non mpi program is launched n times (instead of once with
> internal threads) and will stomp over logs and output files
> (uncoordinated) leading to poor performance and incorrect results.

But that's only the case if the program is started with srun or some
form of mpirun.  Otherwise the program just gets started once on one
core and the other cores just idle.  However, I could argue that this is
worse than starting multiple instances, because the user might think
everything is OK and go on wasting resources.

So maybe it is a good ideas to tell users that if they don't know what
MPI is, then they should forget about multiple tasks and just set
--tasks-per-cpu for the default 1 task.  That way I wouldn't get users
running a single-threaded application on 100 cores (the 1000-core job
got stuck in the queue :-/ ).

I think I'm convinced.



[snip (53 lines)]

Dr. Loris Bennett (Mr.)
ZEDAT, Freie Universität Berlin         Email loris.bennett at fu-berlin.de

More information about the slurm-users mailing list