Parallel batch jobs on beowulf?
gary at umsl.edu
Mon Oct 1 15:34:02 PDT 2001
PBS is perfectly acceptable for this type of use. Each job can
request all of the nodes or just a subset of them. The job is queued
until the requested number of nodes is available. You are still able to
run MPI/PVM programs on the nodes in an interactive way when using PBS
but this may be confusing/misleading to the users of the cluster.
You can also set PBS to use your nodes in a "time-shared" manner.
This way, PBS can allocate more than one job to each node. When you
need to have only one job per node, you can configure the nodes as
"exclusive" nodes. I hope this helps.
gary at umsl.edu
Eray Ozkural (exa) wrote:
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> We have a small research cluster at our CS dept., it's got 32 compute nodes.
> We run debian and the setup is a typical beowulf. (locally installed
> software, nfs, nis, mpich, lam, etc.)
> An instructor asked us whether it would be possible to run a parallel job
> system. I know a regular batch system (like pbs) could be used to that end,
> but what is the recommended way of providing parallel batch jobs on a Beowulf
> What he asked of course was the ability to allocate the whole cluster to a
> single job so that people can do benchmarks. Now, that is only useful while
> you're doing benchmarks and not necessary otherwise since development is
> usually done in an interactive manner and in case of severe resource
> conflicts developers can agree rather easily...
> Therefore, what do you think is the best practice in such research clusters?
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