[Mauiusers] Node idle but load is HIGH

Garrick Staples garrick at usc.edu
Fri Sep 28 17:41:54 MDT 2007

On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 09:31:01AM +0200, Jan Ploski alleged:
> Hello,
> diagnose -n on my system gives the following message for quite a few 
> nodes:
> WARNING:  node 'node38' has been idle for 8:25:00 but load is HIGH.  load: 
>  3.020 (check for runaway processes?)
> However, the node is running three jobs:
> node38                   Idle   4:4     7988:7988        1:1 15314:15314 
> 1.00  linux [NONE] DEF   3.00 003 [dgiseq_4:4][verylong_4:4][sma [DEFAULT] 
>                      [dual][eth] 
> node38
>      state = free

PBS is reporting the node as "free", not "busy" and maui is giving you a
warning on this.  It sees "free" with a higher load average as an indication of
something being misconfigured.  If everything is working fine, then just ignore

If you want to fix it, then configure pbs_mom's $max_load and $ideal_load so
that nodes get reported as "busy".

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