[GE users] Slot-wise suspend on subordinate

pollinger harald.pollinger at sun.com
Tue Jul 28 15:21:19 BST 2009

reuti wrote:
> Am 28.07.2009 um 11:54 schrieb pollinger:
>> fx wrote:
>>> pollinger <harald.pollinger at sun.com> writes:
>>>> 3.2 Functionality
>>>>     Like with queue-instance-wise suspend on subordinate, both  
>>>> the subordinate
>>>>     and the superordinate queue instance must be on the same host.
>>> I meant to ask before:  what's the reason for that restriction in the
>>> queue-instance-wise case?
>> The goal of the suspend on subordinate was in the first place to free
>> host resources for high priority jobs. I know there are possibly  
>> other,
>> not host bound resources, that could be freed by suspend on  
>> subordinate.
> Well, CPUs (i.e. slots) are freed. But consumed resources aren't  
> freed by a suspension. They are still occupied when a job gets  
> suspended.
> This would be a completely new project to free for example licenses  
> or consumed virtual_free by a suspension and give them back to the  
> system I think. Maybe this should be called hibernate job (with new  
> options to qmod) then and have similar entries like the  
> subordination. The algorithm is much more complex, as first the job  
> must be stopped, then the resources given back and a new job can  
> consume the freed resources. And the un-hibernate of the first job  
> must be forbidden, as long as the new jobs runs...

I'd call this "preemption". For consumables that are managed by SGE this 
will work. For other consumables like a license, it requires either the 
application to free the license when it gets a "you will be preempted" 
signal, or the license manager to trust SGE and free the license.

I will add it to the spec, it will likely become a RFE.


> -- Reuti
>> I don't want to change the scheduler completely, so I will stick to  
>> this
>> behaviour, at least for the first version of the slot-wise suspend on
>> subordinate.
>> Regards,
>> Harald
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