[GE users] GE favours some users over others ?

craffi dag at sonsorol.org
Wed Dec 2 12:44:44 GMT 2009

Hi Pieter,

There is no default policy in effect for Grid Engine installations.

If you really did not touch anything related to scheduling, resource 
allocation, quotas or priority then the behavior you would see would 
basically be FIFO (first-in-first-out) with minor deviations if a 
requested resource was not available.

There could be valid reasons for the behavior you report, especially if 
the job mixture consists of parallel and non-parallel jobs or people are 
making different resource requests but I suspect that you might actually 
have some sort of policy in effect.

Posting the output of "qconf -ssconf" and "qconf -sconf" would show if 
this is the case.


> Dear Grid Engine users and experts,
> Recently a user of our cluster commented on the fact that her jobs get
> dispatched earlier than others. However, she enters her jobs in the same
> queue as everyone. To my knowledge, nobody here is using priorities with
> qsub either. Could it just be if some users run so many jobs, GE decides
> to "throttle" them a bit?
> Maybe this is related? The second column in the qstat output. How is
> this priority computed? I know there is the sge_priority manpage. But,
> for me, this seems more like a collection of definitions than a manual.
> I basically never touched policies, so I'd like to know what default
> policy is in effect?
> Hope somebody is knowledgable on this. Thanks in advance.
> With kind regards,
> Pieter van der Meer


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