[Mauiusers] Floating resources not working properly

Wickliffe, Blake W blake.wickliffe at aramco.com
Mon Apr 13 22:24:20 MDT 2009

Hi Troy,

Actually, I tried that.  I ran into two very severe limitations.  First, it won't let me specify more than 3 different resources...any more than that and it ignores them.  We have 8(!!!) different tape types.  Also, even when I got 2 tape types working, using the method you described, consumption doesn't work beyond the first resource.  Ie, if I have 5 type atl4 tapes, and submit six job, you get the expected behavior.  5 jobs run, and the sixth is queued.  However, when you submit 6 jobs asking for the second tape type, atl5, all 6 queue up and never run.

Very bizarre.

As for the "qsub -W x=GRES:atl4", unfortunately that didn't do anything either.  So far the only secret sauce is "software=XXX".  :(

Blake Wickliffe
Saudi Aramco

-----Original Message-----
From: Troy Baer [mailto:tbaer at utk.edu]
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 4:35 PM
To: Wickliffe, Blake W
Cc: mauiusers at supercluster.org
Subject: Re: [Mauiusers] Floating resources not working properly

On Mon, 2009-04-13 at 15:14 +0300, Wickliffe, Blake W wrote:
> I'm having a strange problem with global floating consumable resources in Maui.  I am trying to share a group of tape drives with a number of nodes.
> I've added the following line to maui.cfg
> NODECFG[GLOBAL]  GRES=atl4:5,atl5:5
> When I do a "checknode GLOBAL", I get:
> checking node GLOBAL
> State:      Idle  (in current state for 00:00:04)
> Configured Resources: atl4: 5
> Utilized   Resources: [NONE]
> Dedicated  Resources: [NONE]
> Opsys:        [NONE]  Arch:      [NONE]
> Speed:      0.00  Load:       0.000
> Features:   [NONE]
> Classes:    [NONE]
> Reservations:
> NOTE:  no reservations on node
> In other words, the second resource (atl5) doesn't show up at all!
> I am running maui version 3.2.6p21, on RHEL4u5 2.6.9-55.ELsmp.

I ran into something like this just last week.  A workaround which
worked for me was to specify each resources separately, e.g.:


This clearly doesn't agree with what's in the documentation, but it

> As an additional issue, when I only specify 1 GRES, ie:
> I cannot reserve that resource using qsub -l gres=atl4.  The only way
> that seems to work is qsub -l software=atl4.

What about "qsub -W x=GRES:atl4"?

Troy Baer, HPC System Administrator
National Institute for Computational Sciences, University of Tennessee
Phone:  865-241-4233

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