[slurm-users] AWS SLURM Burst Cluster, fill configuring nodes

J.R. W jwillis0720 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 00:09:48 MDT 2018

Hello everyone,

I setup a SLURM cluster based on this post and plugin. https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/deploying-a-burstable-and-event-driven-hpc-cluster-on-aws-using-slurm-part-1/ <https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/deploying-a-burstable-and-event-driven-hpc-cluster-on-aws-using-slurm-part-1/>

When I submit jobs to the queue, the AWS instances start configuring. Because I have so many potential instances, for each job, they spool up one instance. For example, if I submit 10 job, AWS will configure 10 instances. What would be ideal is if there is a slurm.conf option I’m missing that will tell the power-save plugin to only configure N amount of nodes, even though there hundreds of “available” nodes to configure in the cloud. Some potential solutions I have thought of.

1. Have the scheduler fill up nodes even if they are in the configuring state. SLURM knows how many CPUs are available for the nodes that are being configured. Is there a way to have jobs all fill up a node, even if it’s in the configuring state? That way, a queued job will not trigger the “power save resume” of a new node. 

2. Some parameter in slurm.conf that has maximum nodes that can be available.

3. Modify my slurm_resum script to check for how many nodes are configured. If that number is greater than my N amount of nodes I want spun up, then do nothing. Hopefully that will just send the job back to the queue to await one of those configured nodes.

I hope I’m making sense. I know the elastic computing is a new feature


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