[slurm-users] Priority access for a group of users

Marcus Wagner wagner at itc.rwth-aachen.de
Fri Feb 15 12:19:44 UTC 2019

Hi David,

as far as I know, you can use the PriorityTier (partition parameter) to 
achieve this. According to the manpages (if I remember right) jobs from 
higher priority tier partitions have precedence over jobs from lower 
priority tier partitions, without taking the normal fairshare priority 
into consideration.


On 2/15/19 10:07 AM, David Baker wrote:
> Hello.
> We have a small set of compute nodes owned by a group. The group has 
> agreed that the rest of the HPC community can use these nodes 
> providing that they (the owners) can always have priority access to 
> the nodes. The four nodes are well provisioned (1 TByte memory each 
> plus 2 GRID K2 graphics cards) and so there is no need to worry about 
> preemption. In fact I'm happy for the nodes to be used as well as 
> possible by all users. It's just that jobs from the owners must take 
> priority if resources are scarce.
> What is the best way to achieve the above in slurm? I'm planning to 
> place the nodes in their own partition. The node owners will have 
> priority access to the nodes in that partition, but will have no 
> advantage when submitting jobs to the public resources. Does anyone 
> please have any ideas how to deal with this?
> Best regards,
> David

Marcus Wagner, Dipl.-Inf.

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