[GE users] pe_slots issues

John Coldrick jc at axyzfx.com
Thu Nov 1 20:16:48 GMT 2007

	I've got a PE set up:
	pe_name           m9_1
	slots             999
	user_lists        NONE
	xuser_lists       NONE
	start_proc_args   /bin/true
	stop_proc_args    /bin/true
	allocation_rule   $pe_slots
	control_slaves    FALSE
	job_is_first_task FALSE
	urgency_slots     min
	When I submit a task requiring more than 3 slots, via:

	qsub -pe m9_1 4 task.sh

	They won't run, I get 
	Cannot run in PE "m9_1" because it only offers 0 slots.  If I change '4' to 3 
or less, it works.  Anything more than 4, same problem.  If I remove the 
request for the PE completely and leave all other params the same, it 
runs(although obviously not properly allocating multiple slots from SGE).

	I have 3 systems here that have 8 cores/slots, here's the qstat -se output of 
one of them:
hostname              xxxx.axyzfx.com
load_scaling          NONE
complex_values        mem_free=8
load_values           load_avg=0.180000,load_short=0.410000, \
                      virtual_free=9821.730469M,mem_total=7991.695312M, \
                      swap_total=2055.148438M,virtual_total=10046.843750M, \
                      mem_used=217.140625M,swap_used=7.972656M, \
                      virtual_used=225.113281M,cpu=0.000000, \
                      np_load_avg=0.022500,np_load_short=0.051250, \
processors            8
user_lists            NONE
xuser_lists           NONE
projects              NONE
xprojects             NONE
usage_scaling         NONE
report_variables      NONE

so you can see it's not a load issue.

	I have the PE assigned in *two* places(to be safe - I'm completely unclear 
what the difference means) - in both the "Customize" and the "Modify" 
portions of the queue(all.q).

	This used to work when I was running SGE 6.0u10 - the problem seemed to be 
introduced when I upgraded to 6.1u2(actually a fresh install).  One thing, 
which may or may not be a clue, is that there are *only* 3 systems on the 
grid that have more that 2 slots.  Coincidence that 3 slots is the maximum I 
can run with this PE?  Any thoughts or suggestions?



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