[slurm-users] How to checkout a slurm node?

Brian Andrus toomuchit at gmail.com
Sat Nov 13 01:13:41 UTC 2021

I don't think slum does what you think it does.

It manages the resources and schedule, not the actual hardware of a node.

You are likely looking for something more along a hypervisor (if you are 
doing VMs) or remote KVM (since you are mentioning BIOS access).

Brian Andrus

On 11/12/2021 2:00 PM, Joe Teumer wrote:
> Hello!
> How best for a user to check out a slurm node?
> Unfortunately, command 'salloc' doesn't appear to meet this need.
> Command `salloc --nodelist some_node --time 3:00:00`
> This gives the user a new shell and the user can use `srun` to start 
> an interactive session.
> However, if the user needs to reboot the node, set BIOS settings, etc 
> then `salloc` automatically terminates the allocation when the new 
> shell  is closed.
> salloc: Relinquishing job allocation 82
> salloc: Job allocation 82 has been revoked.
> Ideally, if a user requests a node for a few hours then they can do 
> all of their work in the allotted time (srun sessions, reboots, BIOS 
> settings, etc) using a single job allocation.
> Also, how can I reply to posts and replies on 
> https://groups.google.com/g/slurm-users/?
> The 'Reply all' and 'Reply to author' buttons on the site are greyed out.
> Much appreciated!

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