[slurm-users] Effect of PriorityMaxAge on job throughput

David Baker D.J.Baker at soton.ac.uk
Tue Apr 9 08:58:52 UTC 2019


I've finally got the job throughput/turnaround to be reasonable in our cluster. Most of the time the job activity on the cluster sets the default QOS to 32 nodes (there are 464 nodes in the default queue). Jobs requesting nodes close to the QOS level (for example 22 nodes) are scheduled within 24 hours which is better than it has been. Still I suspect there is room for improvement. I note that these large jobs still struggle to be given a starttime, however many jobs are now being given a starttime following my SchedulerParameters makeover.

I used advice from the mailing list and the Slurm high throughput document to help me make changes to the scheduling parameters. They are now...



The most significant change was actually reducing "PriorityMaxAge" to 7-0 to 1-0. Before that change the larger jobs could hang around in the queue for days. Does it make sense therefore to further reduce PriorityMaxAge to less than 1 day? Your advice would be appreciated, please.

Best regards,

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