[GE users] Job share

Chris Dagdigian dag at sonsorol.org
Tue Nov 4 11:31:41 GMT 2008

Hi Roger,

By default there is no resource allocation policy enabled. The  
behavior you will get with a default out-of-the-box install is  
referred to as FIFO or "First In, First Out" -- the jobs are  
dispatched essentially in the order in which they were submitted -  
exactly the behavior you are seeing now.

The SGE docs at http://wikis.sun.com can help you get a policy in  
place that does what you want for resource allocation. There are some  
gurus on this list who are particularly good at translating exotic  
allocation needs into actual SGE configurations.

If you are looking for a simple "all users treated equally" behavior  
(what I usually recommend for new users until they get an idea of how  
they want to tune things for their specific workflows) then I'd  
recommend setting up a functional policy that does "fairshare by  
user". The setup is trivial and is documented here:

Video screencast: http://www.screencast.com/t/Qb6tBziDcTU
Article: http://gridengine.info/2006/01/17/easy-setup-of-equal-user-fairshare-policy


On Nov 4, 2008, at 3:17 AM, Roger Herikstad wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering what the default behaviour of SGE is in terms of job
> sharing between users. We have a number of users submitting jobs to
> our cluster and what we are seeing is that if one user submits a bunch
> of jobs, no other jobs from other users get scheduled before the first
> user's jobs have all finished. With no other scheduling implemented,
> how does SGE decide which jobs get scheduled? Thanks!
> ~ Roger

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