[slurm-users] SLURM nodes flap in "Not responding" status when iptables firewall enabled

Alex Chekholko alex at calicolabs.com
Wed May 16 12:13:27 MDT 2018

Add a logging rule to your iptables and look at what traffic is actually
being blocked?

On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:11 AM Sean Caron <scaron at umich.edu> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Does anyone use SLURM in a scenario where there is an iptables firewall on
> the compute nodes on the same network it uses to communicate with the SLURM
> controller and DBD machine?
> I have the very basic situation where ...
> 1. There is no iptables firewall enabled at all on the SLURM
> controller/DBD machine.
> 2. Compute nodes are set to permit all ports and protocols from the SLURM
> controller with a rule like:
> -A INPUT -s IP.of.SLURM.controller/32 -j ACCEPT
> If I enable this on the compute nodes, they flap up in down in "Not
> responding state". If I switch off the firewall on the compute nodes, they
> work fine.
> When firewall is up on the compute nodes, SLURM controller can ping
> compute nodes, no problem. I have no reason to believe all ports and
> protocols are not being passed. Time is synched. No trouble accessing
> slurm.conf on any of the clients.
> Has anyone seen this before? There seems to be very little information
> about SLURM's interactions with iptables. I know this is kind of a funky
> scenario but regulatory requirements have me needing to tighten down our
> cluster network a little bit. Is this like a latency issue, or ...?
> Thanks,
> Sean
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