[slurm-users] ANNOUNCE: A new showpartitions tool

Ole Holm Nielsen Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk
Mon Jul 15 07:26:03 UTC 2019

Getting an overview of available Slurm partitions and their current job 
load is a non-trivial task.

The great "spart" tool described as "A user-oriented partition info 
command for slurm" (https://github.com/mercanca/spart) written by Ahmet 
Mercan solves this problem.  The "spart" tool is written in C and linked 
to Slurm libraries.

I have now written a new "showpartitions" tool 
which has the same features as "spart".  It should be useful to end 
users as well as system administrators.

The "showpartitions" tool is a shell/awk script which parses the outputs 
from sinfo and squeue Slurm commands to obtain the partitions overview. 
The columns are ordered a little differently from "spart", and color 
coding helps locating under- or over-utilized partitions easily.

The tool has been tested at a handful of Slurm sites. I'd be really 
interested in comments and suggestions from other Slurm sites.  In 
particular, it would be great if someone with access to federated 
clusters could verify the output.

In addition, the small "showhidden" tool prints a Slurm cluster 
partition status for hidden and root-only partitions, if your site uses 
these features.  This information is not easily accessible using the 
sinfo command, since no "sinfo --only-hidden" option exists.


Ahmet Mercan <ahmet.mercan at uhem.itu.edu.tr> has been really supportive 
in testing showpartitions during development and comparing the output to 

Thorsten Deilmann from University of Wuppertal has offered a number of 
useful suggestions, including the colored output.

Best regards,

Ole Holm Nielsen
PhD, Senior HPC Officer
Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark

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