[slurm-users] Resource LImits

Hoot Thompson hoot_thompson at verizon.net
Fri Apr 21 14:41:27 UTC 2023

After assistance from an AWS colleague, GrpTRESMins seems to be working.


> On Apr 21, 2023, at 4:43 AM, Ole Holm Nielsen <Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk> wrote:
> Hi Jason,
> On 4/20/23 20:11, Jason Simms wrote:
>> Hello Ole and Hoot,
>> First, Hoot, thank you for your question. I've managed Slurm for a few years now and still feel like I don't have a great understanding about managing or limiting resources.
>> Ole, thanks for your continued support of the user community with your documentation. I do wish not only that more of your information were contained within the official docs, but also that there were even clearer discussions around certain topics.
>> As an example, you write that "It is important to configure slurm.conf so that the locked memory limit isn’t propagated to the batch jobs" by setting PropagateResourceLimitsExcept=MEMLOCK. It's unclear to me whether you are suggesting that literally everyone should have that set, or whether it only applies to certain configurations. We don't have it set, for instance, but we've not run into trouble with jobs failing due to locked memory errors.
> The link mentioned in the page hopefully explains it: https://slurm.schedmd.com/faq.html#memlock
>> Then, in the official docs, to which you link, it says that "it may also be desirable to lock the slurmd daemon's memory to help ensure that it keeps responding if memory swapping begins" by creating /etc/sysconfig/slurm containing the line SLURMD_OPTIONS="-M". Would there ever be a reason *not* to include that? That is, I can't think it would ever be desirable for slurmd to stop responding. So is that another "universal" recommendation, I wonder?
> I'm not an expert on locking slurmd pages!  The -M option is documented in the slurmd manual page, and I probably read a thread long ago abut this on the slurm-users mailing list discussing this.  You could try it out in your environment and see if all is well.
>> It may be me talking as a new-ish user, but I would find a concise document laying out common or useful configuration options to be presented when setting up or reconfiguring Slurm. I'm certain I have inefficient or missing options that I should have.
> IMHO, most sites have their own requirements and preferences, so I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all Slurm installation solution.
> Since requirements can be so different, and because Slurm is a fantastic software that can be configured for many different scenarios, IMHO a support contract with SchedMD is the best way to get consulting services, get general help, and report bugs.  We have excellent experiences with SchedMD support (https://www.schedmd.com/support.php).
> Best regards,
> Ole
>> On Thu, Apr 20, 2023 at 2:11 AM Ole Holm Nielsen <Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk <mailto:Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk>> wrote:
>>    Hi Hoot,
>>    On 4/20/23 00:15, Hoot Thompson wrote:
>>     > Is there a ‘how to’ or recipe document for setting up and enforcing
>>    resource limits? I can establish accounts, users, and set limits but
>>    'current value' is not incrementing after running jobs.
>>    I have written about resource limits in this Wiki page:
>>    https://wiki.fysik.dtu.dk/Niflheim_system/Slurm_configuration/#partition-limits <https://wiki.fysik.dtu.dk/Niflheim_system/Slurm_configuration/#partition-limits>

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