[slurm-users] Slurm does not set memory.limit_in_bytes for tasks (but does for steps)

Jacob Chappell jacob.chappell at uky.edu
Tue Jun 22 16:46:44 UTC 2021

Hello everyone,

I came across a weird behavior and was wondering if this is a bug,
oversight, or intended?

It appears that Slurm does not set memory.limit_in_bytes at the task level,
but it does set it at the step level and above. Observe:

$ grep memory /proc/$$/cgroup

$ cd /sys/fs/cgroup/memory/slurm/uid_2001/job_304876/step_0/task_0

$ cat memory.limit_in_bytes
9223372036854771712     <--- basically unlimited

But lets check the parent:

$ cat ../memory.limit_in_bytes
33554432000      <-- set properly to around 32 GB, see below

$ scontrol show job 304876 | grep mem=

Now, it does appear that the task is still limited to the step's memory
limit given the hierarchical nature of cgroups, but I just wanted to
mention this anyway and see if anyone had any thoughts.

*Jacob D. Chappell, CSM*
Research Computing | Research Computing Infrastructure
Information Technology Services | University of Kentucky
jacob.chappell at uky.edu
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