[slurm-users] REST-based CLI tools out there somewhere?

Loris Bennett loris.bennett at fu-berlin.de
Fri Nov 10 08:24:26 UTC 2023

Chip Seraphine <cseraphine at DRWHoldings.com> writes:

> Hello,
> Our users submit their jobs from shared submit hosts, and have
> expressed an understandable preference for being able to submit
> directly from their own workstations.  The obvious solution
> (installing the slurm client on their workstations, or providing a
> container that does something similar) are not available to us because
> of security concerns.  This leaves REST as the best option.  We’re
> hoping to provide a REST-based toolset that users familiar with the
> command line tools can make immediate use of (so, provides basic,
> stripped-down functionality of srun, squeue, sacct, and sinfo).
> Basically, we want to create a subset of the s* commands that can be
> run from some arbitrary machine if the user has the appropriate token.

I don't understand the use-case here.  If the users are comfortable on
the command-line, why would running 'sbatch' et al. in a local shell be
preferable to first connecting to the cluster and then running 'sbatch'?

> It’d be surprising if we were the first people to go down this path,
> but searching has turned up nothing.  Is there a project anyone knows
> about out there for providing command-line SLURM commands that use
> REST to talk to the daemons?  Or am I missing some obvious solution
> here?

I'm surprised that you're surprised :-)  but there may well be some part
of the story that I have failed to grasp.



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> Chip Seraphine
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