[slurm-users] RES: How to delay the start of slurmd until Infiniband/OPA network is fully up?

Ole Holm Nielsen Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk
Wed Nov 1 08:18:50 UTC 2023

Hi Paulo,

On 11/1/23 01:12, Paulo Jose Braga Estrela wrote:
> I think that you should use NetworkManager-wait-online.service In RHEL 8. Take a look at its man page. It only allows the system reach network-online after all network interfaces are online. So, if your OP interfaces are managed by Network Manager, you can use it.

Unfortunately NetworkManager-wait-online.service returns as soon as 1 
network interface is up.  It doesn't wait for any other networks, 
including the Infiniband/OPA network, unfortunately :-(

You can see that the NetworkManager-wait-online.service file executes:

ExecStart=/usr/bin/nm-online -s -q

and this is causing our problems with Infiniband/OPA networks.  This is 
the reason why we need Max's workaround wait-for-interfaces.service.


> -----Mensagem original-----
> De: slurm-users <slurm-users-bounces at lists.schedmd.com> Em nome de Ole Holm Nielsen
> Enviada em: terça-feira, 31 de outubro de 2023 07:00
> Para: Slurm User Community List <slurm-users at lists.schedmd.com>
> Assunto: Re: [slurm-users] How to delay the start of slurmd until Infiniband/OPA network is fully up?
> Hi Jeffrey,
> On 10/30/23 20:15, Jeffrey R. Lang wrote:
>> The service is available in RHEL 8 via the EPEL package repository as system-networkd, i.e. systemd-networkd.x86_64                                           253.4-1.el8    epel
> Thanks for the info.  We can install the systemd-networkd RPM from the EPEL repo as you suggest.
> I tried to understand the properties of systemd-networkd before implementing it in our compute nodes.  While there are lots of networkd man-pages, it's harder to find an overview of the actual properties of networkd.  This is what I found:
> * Networkd is a service included in recent versions of Systemd.  It seems to be an alternative to NetworkManager.
> * Red Hat has stated that systemd-networkd is NOT going to be implemented in RHEL 8 or 9.
> * Comparing systemd-networkd and NetworkManager:
> https://fedoracloud.readthedocs.io/en/latest/networkd.html
> * Networkd is described in the Wikipedia article
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systemd
> While networkd seems to be really nifty, I hesitate to replace NetworkManager by networkd on our EL8 and EL9 systems because this is an unsupported and only lightly tested setup, and it may require additional work to keep our systems up-to-date in the future.
> It seems to me that Max Rutkowski's solution in
> https://github.com/maxlxl/network.target_wait-for-interfaces is less intrusive than converting to systemd-networkd.
> Best regards,
> Ole
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>> Hi Jens,
>> Thanks for your feedback:
>> On 30-10-2023 15:52, Jens Elkner wrote:
>>> Actually there is no need for such a script since
>>> /lib/systemd/systemd-networkd-wait-online should be able to handle it.
>> It seems that systemd-networkd exists in Fedora FC38 Linux, but not in
>> RHEL 8 and clones, AFAICT.

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