[slurm-users] swap size

Raymond Wan rwan.work at gmail.com
Sun Sep 23 08:46:16 MDT 2018

Hi Chris,

On Sunday, September 23, 2018 09:34 AM, Chris Samuel wrote:
> On Saturday, 22 September 2018 4:19:09 PM AEST Raymond Wan wrote:
>> SLURM's ability to suspend jobs must be storing the state in a
>> location outside of this 512 GB.  So, you're not helping this by
>> allocating more swap.
> I don't believe that's the case.  My understanding is that in this mode it's
> just sending processes SIGSTOP and then launching the incoming job so you
> should really have enough swap for the previous job to get swapped out to in
> order to free up RAM for the incoming job.

Hmmmmmm, I'm way out of my comfort zone but I am curious 
about what happens.  Unfortunately, I don't think I'm able 
to read kernel code, but someone here 
seems to suggest that SIGSTOP and SIGCONT moves a process 
between the runnable and waiting queues.

I'm not sure if I did the correct test, but I wrote a C 
program that allocated a lot of memory:

#include <stdlib.h>

#define memsize 160000000

int main () {
   char *foo = NULL;

   foo = (char *) malloc (sizeof (char) * memsize);

   for (int i = 0; i < memsize; i++) {
     foo[i] = 0;

   do {
   } while (1);

Then, I ran it and sent a SIGSTOP to it.  According to htop 
(I don't know if it's correct), it seems to still be 
occupying memory, but just not any CPU cycles.

Perhaps I've done something wrong?  I did read elsewhere 
that how SIGSTOP is treated can vary from system to 
system...  I happen to be on an Ubuntu system.


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