[slurm-users] Is anyone running the slurmctld and slurmdbd services from within a container?

Ruffner, Scott (jpr9c) jpr9c at virginia.edu
Mon Jun 21 17:49:59 UTC 2021

Very late response, but we are getting ready to switch to this arrangement in the coming months, so I’d be very curious to hear any feedback from others. We will be doing it in Kubernetes, but running the DB on bare-metal dedicated hardware.

Scott Ruffner
Senior HPC Engineer
UVa Research Computing
sruffner at virginia.edu

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Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 4:46 PM
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Subject: [slurm-users] Is anyone running the slurmctld and slurmdbd services from within a container?

Our current cluster is running Centos 7.9 and we are anticipating setting up a new cluster by the end of the year that will most likely be running one of the Centos 8.x alternatives (Rocky/Alma/???) with the latest version of Slurm.

Our team is investigating whether it would be appropriate to run the Slurm server for this upcoming cluster as a container instance.  By a server, we mean slurmctld and slurmdbd, with the database as a separate system/container.

Is anyone here doing this?

If so, are there any advantages to doing so?

Are there any drawbacks?

What containerization solution / platform are you using?  We would most likely be using Kubernetes.

What sort of challenges have you experienced and how did you solve them?

Are there any best practices that you would recommend?

Are there any other HPC institutions you know are doing this that we should reach out to ?

Lee Reynolds
Senior RC Architect
RTO Research Computing
Arizona State University
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