[slurm-users] Terminating Jobs based on GrpTRESMins

Ole Holm Nielsen Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk
Fri Apr 28 10:43:13 UTC 2023

Hi Hoot,

I'm glad that you have figured out that GrpTRESMins is working as 
documented and kills running jobs when the limit is exceeded.  This would 
only occur if you lower the GrpTRESMins limit after a job has started.


On 4/27/23 22:39, Hoot Thompson wrote:
> I have GrpTRESMins working and terminating jobs as expected. I was working under the belief that the limit “current value” was only updated upon job completion. That is not the case, it’s actually updated every 5 minutes it appears. If and when the limit/threshold is crossed, jobs are in fact canceled.
> Thanks for your help.
>> On Apr 24, 2023, at 1:55 PM, Ole Holm Nielsen <Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk> wrote:
>> On 24-04-2023 18:33, Hoot Thompson wrote:
>>> In my reading of the Slurm documentation, it seems that exceeding the limits set in GrpTRESMins should result in terminating a running job. However, in testing this, The ‘current value’ of the GrpTRESMins only updates upon job completion and is not updated as the job progresses. Therefore jobs aren’t being stopped. On the positive side, no new jobs are started if the limit is exceeded. Here’s the documentation that is confusing me…..
>> I think the jobs resource usage will only be added to the Slurm database upon job completion.  I believe that Slurm doesn't update the resource usage continually as you seem to expect.
>>> If any limit is reached, all running jobs with that TRES in this group will be killed, and no new jobs will be allowed to run.
>>> Perhaps there is a setting or misconfiguration on my part.
>> The sacctmgr manual page states:
>>> GrpTRESMins=TRES=<minutes>[,TRES=<minutes>,...]
>>> The total number of TRES minutes that can possibly be used by past, present and future jobs running from this association and its children.  To clear a previously set value use the modify command with a new value of -1 for each TRES id.
>>> NOTE: This limit is not enforced if set on the root association of a cluster.  So even though it may appear in sacctmgr output, it will not be enforced.
>>> ALSO NOTE: This limit only applies when using the Priority Multifactor plugin.  The time is decayed using the value of PriorityDecayHalfLife or PriorityUsageResetPeriod as set in the slurm.conf.  When this limit is reached all associated jobs running will be killed and all future jobs submitted with associations in the group will be delayed until they are able to run inside the limit.
>> Can you please confirm that you have configured the "Priority Multifactor" plugin?
>> Your jobs should not be able to start if the user's GrpTRESMins has been exceeded.  Hence they won't be killed!
>> Can you explain step by step what you observe?  It may be that the above documentation of killing jobs is in error, in which case we should make a bug report to SchedMD.

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