[GE users] Difficulty controlling consumable memory with virtual_free

Craig Tierney ctierney at hpti.com
Mon Jan 17 20:51:43 GMT 2005

On Mon, 2005-01-17 at 07:53, Andreas Haas wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Jan 2005, Craig Tierney wrote:
> > I have a few nodes in my system with large memory.  I want
> > to control the jobs that get put on this node.  I don't want
> > more processes than slots available (2), but I want to also
> > require the users to request the memory they need.
> >
> > The consumable virtual_free seems to be the right one to use.
> > For each host I have set "slots=2".  I have a parallel environment and a
> > cluster queue setup, where the hostgroup contains the 4 nodes
> > I want to control.
> >
> > They each have 4GB of real memory and 8GB of swap, but I only
> > want to schedule out jobs using the real memory.
> >
> > If I submit jobs as "qsub -l virtual_free=5144 -pe eserial 1 tq.csh"
> > but this didn't work.  I then tried fixing virtual_free on a
> > host by setting the value by "qconf -me e0507", but that didn't help.
> >
> > Is the value of the consumable applied per slot, and not per host?
> Craig,
> have you made 'virtual_free' consumable?

No, I didn't.  I missed that I had to change the already
existing entry from 'qconf -mc' to consumable.


> If so then you need to configure the upper limit of 'virtual_free'
> per host. Then the 5144 bytes must be available for each slot of
> the job. Both the reported load value and the consumable capacity are
> checked.

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