[GE users] Qmaster stops starting jobs, nodes go "au"

Magnus Söderberg magnus.soderberg at switchcore.com
Mon May 17 10:37:27 BST 2004

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Craig Tierney wrote:
> We are having a problem with our SGE server.  For the last several days, the server
> gets in a state where it is unable to start jobs and many of the nodes (20-40% of 800
> nodes) go into either "u" or "au" state.  Jobs get stuck in the "t" state as well.
> We think the problem might be due to load on the NFS server that SGE runs from.
> However, the load isn't that high, so we are not positive at this point.
> Anyone seen anything like this?
Yupp, used to see that a lot.
We also had very slow response from e.g qstat & qsub commands, often failing with 
something like "Cannot send GDI message".
We're running SGE5.3p5 on a mix of linux & solaris with almost all disk NFS-mounted from a 
The netapp used to have a 100M ethernet connection, but when it was upgraded to a Gb-link 
problems disappeared.

Magnus Söderberg, M.Sc.E.E.
Staff Engineer
SwitchCore AB        Phone +46 46 2702560
Emdalavägen 18       Fax   +46 46 2702581
SE-223 69 Lund, Sweden

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