[slurm-users] External provisioning for accounts and other things (?)

David Rhey drhey at umich.edu
Tue Sep 18 14:34:45 MDT 2018

Thanks!! We're currently in a similar boat where things are provisioned in
a form, and we receive an email and act on that information with scripts
and some text expansion. We were wondering whether or not some tighter
integration was possible - but that'd be a feature down the road as we'd
want to be sure the process was predictable.

On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:04 PM Thomas M. Payerle <payerle at umd.edu> wrote:

> We make use of an large home grown library of Perl scripts this for
> creating allocations, creating users, adding users to allocations, etc.
> We have a number of "flavors" of allocations, but most allocation
> creation/disabling activity occurs with respect to applications for
> allocations which are reviewed by a faculty committee, and although
> percentage of applications approved is rather high, it is not automatic
> (and many involve requesting the applicant to elaborate or provide
> additional information).  While we are in the process of migrating the
> "application process" to ServiceNow, it will only be as the web form
> backend and to track the applications, votes/comments of the faculty
> committee, etc.  The actual creation of allocations, etc. is all done
> manually, albeit by simply invoking a single script or two with a handful
> of parameters.  The scripts take care of all the Unixy and Slurm tasks
> required to create the allocation, etc., as well as sending the standard
> welcome email to the allocation
> "owner",  updating local DBs about the new allocation, etc., and keeping a
> log a what was done and why (i.e. linking the action to the specific
> application).  Scripts exist for
> a variety of standard tasks, both high and low level.
> A couple of the underlying libraries (Perl wrappers around sacctmgr and
> sshare commands) are available on CPAN (Slurm::Sacctmgr, Slurm::Sshare);
> the rest lack the polish and finish required for publishing on CPAN.
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 3:02 PM David Rhey <drhey at umich.edu> wrote:
>> Hello, All,
>> First time caller, long-time listener. Does anyone use any sort of
>> external tool (e.g. a form submission) that generates accounts for their
>> Slurm environment (notably for new accounts/allocations)? An example of
>> this would be: a group or user needs us to provision resources for them to
>> run on and so they submit a form to us with information on their needs and
>> we provision for them.
>> If anyone is using external utilities, are they manually putting that in
>> or are they leveraging Slurm APIs to do this? It's a long shot, but if
>> anyone is doing this with ServiceNow, I'd be extra interested in how you
>> achieved that.
>> Thanks!
>> --
>> David Rhey
>> ---------------
>> Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services
>> University of Michigan
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> Tom Payerle
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David Rhey
Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services
University of Michigan
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