[slurm-users] Rate-limiting sbatch and srun

Ole Holm Nielsen Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk
Tue Jul 19 08:49:07 UTC 2022

On 7/19/22 08:15, Ole Holm Nielsen wrote:
> On 7/19/22 00:45, gphipps wrote:
>> Everyone so often one of our users accidentally writes a “fork-bomb” 
>> that submits thousands of sbatch and srun requests per second. It is a 
>> giant DDOS attack on our scheduler. Is there a way of rate limiting 
>> these requests before they reach the daemon? I could imagine writing a 
>> shim in front of sbatch/srun, but I was hoping there was an official way 
>> to do this
> Perhaps setting MaxSubmitJobs and MaxJobs on associations and QOSes would 
> do the trick?
> You may also want to increase the default MaxJobCount in slurm.conf.
> See my Wiki page for the details: 
> https://wiki.fysik.dtu.dk/niflheim/Slurm_configuration#maxjobcount-limit

Another possibility would be to write a Job submit Lua plugin to reject 
jobs before they get submitted.  Of course, you would have to be able to 
define some logic which somehow detects the "fork-bomb" situation, which 
may not be so easy to do?  See 

I have some additional pointers to job submit plugins at 


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