AW: [GE users] non-advancing jobs in gridengine

carsten carsten.ochtrup at
Mon Aug 24 13:57:57 BST 2009

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are these the ulimits values of your interactive session or are they reported from your submitted job?

Problems with ulimit values are well described in

As described in the link, changing the settings in /etc/security/limits.conf is not sufficient. 

To be sure, increase the stack size directly in the sgeexecd script and restart the execution daemon.


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Von: joelandman [mailto:landman at] 
Gesendet: Montag, 24. August 2009 05:16
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Betreff: [GE users] non-advancing jobs in gridengine

Dan suggested I post this here.

We have been running into a problem with OpenMPI 1.3.2 jobs running in 
GridEngine that I have not been able to resolve.

The problem:  For jobs of a certain number of cores or larger, the job 
gets "stuck" (e.g. does not advance) after a certain number of time steps.

Details on the problem:  We see this for job sizes of more than 32 
cores.  32 cores works great in SGE.  I have verified that the jobs work 
fine outside of GridEngine up to and including 128 cores (the current 
cluster size).  Only when running within SGE is there a problem.

ulimit on the nodes looks like this:

core file size          (blocks, -c) 0
data seg size           (kbytes, -d) unlimited
file size               (blocks, -f) unlimited
pending signals                 (-i) 71680
max locked memory       (kbytes, -l) unlimited
max memory size         (kbytes, -m) 6956145
open files                      (-n) 1024
pipe size            (512 bytes, -p) 8
POSIX message queues     (bytes, -q) 819200
stack size              (kbytes, -s) 8192
cpu time               (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes              (-u) 71680
virtual memory          (kbytes, -v) 7388720
file locks                      (-x) unlimited

OpenMPI was built with Intel 11.1 compiler with the --with-sge switch 
(among others).  Fabric is a Voltaire/Mellanox SDR IB system.

An openmpi parallel environment has been set up in the usual manner.

We can reliably replicate the failure above 32 nodes.

So ... Dan suggested it could be stack size.  As you can see, stack is 
set to 8M (8192k).

Has anyone run into anything like this?

We are going to test torque and possibly slurm on this machine as well 
to see if they work with these test cases.



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