[GE users] Philosophy of queue setup

Jean-Paul Minet minet at cism.ucl.ac.be
Tue Dec 6 10:05:53 GMT 2005

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>> - sequential jobs requiring less than 4 Gb run on the bi-proc  nodes, 
>> while jobs requiring over 4 Gb run on one of the SMP boxes;
> well, jobs with more than 4 GB will of course never run on the  smaller 
> nodes, but to specify a minimum for the SMP machines might  lead to 
> empty machines, although still jobs are waiting. Maybe giving  the 

true, but we really want to keep the SMP machines available for SMP jobs and/or 
jobs requiring lots or RAM.  There are enough small nodes to satisfy other 
requests.  So, how, technically, would we prevent small memory jobs (< 4 GB RAM) 
to run on SMP boxes (and still manage memory requests as not to oversubscribe 
the available 32 GB RAM)?

>> - parallel OpenMP jobs run on the SMP boxes (with a max of 8 slots  
>> per job);
>> - parallel MPI jobs run on the bi-proc nodes by default (with a max  
>> of 48 slots), but could be willingly directed by the users to the  SMP 
>> boxes when required (and if requesting less than the total  number of 
>> CPUs of the SMP boxes).
> what about attaching a special complex (resource) to the SMP slots in  
> the queue definition of type BOOL/forced? If the user requests this  
> resource, the job will go only to these nodes (and s/he will never  get 
> a mixture of slots).

What I did up to now is to define mem_free and num_proc as forced requestable 
resources (together with two PE's: mpich and smp).  In this way, users request 
themselves the platform on which they will run (biproc or octoproc) and SGE can 
manage memory usage and avoid oversubscription.  Maybe there is a more 
clever/flexible way to handle this...

Thanks & rgds


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