[slurm-users] Does Slurm store "time in current state" values anywhere ?

David Rhey drhey at umich.edu
Thu Oct 3 19:26:49 UTC 2019


What about scontrol show job <jobID> to see various things like:

SubmitTime, EligibleTime, AccrueTime etc?


On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 4:53 AM Kevin Buckley <Kevin.Buckley at pawsey.org.au>

> Hi there,
> we're hoping to overcome an issue where some of our users are keen
> on writing their own meta-schedulers, so as to try and beat the
> actual scheduler, but can't seemingly do as good a job as a scheduler
> that's been developed by people who understand scheduling (no real
> surprises there!), and so occasionally generate false perceptions of
> our systems.
> One of the things our meta-scheduler writers seem unable to allow for,
> is jobs that remain in a "completing" state, for whatever reason.
> Whilst we're not looking to provide succour to meta-scheduler writers,
> we can see a need for some way to present and/or make use of, a
>    "job has been in state S for time T"
> or
>    "job entered current state at time T"
> info.
> Can we access such a value from Slurm: rather, does Slurm keep track
> of such a value, whether or not it can currently be accessed on the
> "user-side" ?
> What we're trying to avoid is the need to write a not-quite-Slurm
> database that stores such info by continually polling our actual
> Slurm database, because we don't think of ourselves as meta-scheduler
> writers.
> Here's hoping,
> Kevin
> --
> Supercomputing Systems Administrator
> Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

David Rhey
Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services
University of Michigan
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