[slurm-users] Can job submit plugin detect "--exclusive" ?

Greg Wickham greg.wickham at kaust.edu.sa
Sat Feb 19 04:06:19 UTC 2022

Hi Chris,

You mentioned “But trials using this do not seem to be fruitful so far.” . . why?

In our job_submit.lua there is:

    if job_desc.shared == 0 then
      slurm.user_msg("exclusive access is not permitted with GPU jobs.")
      slurm.user_msg("Remove '--exclusive' from your job submission script")

and testing:

$ srun --exclusive --time 00:10:00 --gres gpu:1 --pty /bin/bash -i
srun: error: exclusive access is not permitted with GPU jobs.
srun: error: Remove '--exclusive' from your job submission script
srun: error: Unable to allocate resources: Requested operation is presently disabled

In slurm.h the job_descriptor struct has:

        uint16_t shared;        /* 2 if the job can only share nodes with other
                                 *   jobs owned by that user,
                                 * 1 if job can share nodes with other jobs,
                                 * 0 if job needs exclusive access to the node,
                                 * or NO_VAL to accept the system default.
                                 * SHARED_FORCE to eliminate user control. */

If there’s a case where using “.shared” isn’t working please let us know.


From: slurm-users <slurm-users-bounces at lists.schedmd.com> on behalf of Christopher Benjamin Coffey <Chris.Coffey at nau.edu>
Date: Saturday, 19 February 2022 at 3:17 am
To: slurm-users <slurm-users at lists.schedmd.com>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [slurm-users] Can job submit plugin detect "--exclusive" ?

The job_submit plugin doesn't appear to have a way to detect whether a user requested "--exclusive". Can someone confirm this? Going through the code: src/plugins/job_submit/lua/job_submit_lua.c I don't see anything related. Potentially "shared" could be possible in some way. But trials using this do not seem to be fruitful so far.

If a user requests --exclusive, I'd like to append "--exclude=<nodes>" on to their job request to keep them off of certain nodes. For instance, we have our gpu nodes in a default partition with a high priority so that jobs don't land on them until last. And this is the same for our highmem nodes. Normally this works fine, but if someone asks for "--exclusive" this will land on these nodes quite often unfortunately.

Any ideas? Of course, I could take these nodes out of the partition, yet I'd like to see if something like this would be possible.

Thanks! :)


Christopher Coffey
High-Performance Computing
Northern Arizona University

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