[Beowulf] Can one Infiniband net support MPI and a parallel filesystem?

Mark Hahn hahn at mcmaster.ca
Thu Aug 14 22:23:53 PDT 2008

> Gus' numbers makes sense to me. I assume his workload consists of multiple 
> sized jobs, serial, modest parallel, and parallel jobs using all resources. 
> Without pre-emptive scheduling, the batch queue system has to starve the 
> system in order to run the larger jobs.

unless backfill can utilize those temporarily idle cpus.

> Obviously, before a job which 
> consumes all resources starts , then all resources have to be idle. Which 
> means no jobs can't be scheduled, even though they're idle.

true enough, but does depend on the size of large, high-prio jobs 
relative to the size of the cluster.

> Another interesting metric is of course how many of the jobs runs to 
> successful completion, i.e., are not killed due to resource limits, or 
> crashes, or for other reasons. That's what I call net vs. gross utilization.

surely this survival rate is quite high, no?  again, it depends largely
on the design of the cluster (I see few node crashes, maybe 1 of 768 nodes
per week, and few resource crashes (perhaps a couple buggy jobs per week))

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