[Mauiusers] SWAP resource in MAUI

Riccardo Murri rmurri at cscs.ch
Tue Jun 2 06:27:18 MDT 2009


our local cluster is running less jobs than it actually could; digging
into that, we found that the value that MAUI labels as "SWAP" is
probably incorrect.


  $ checknode wn03  
  State:      Busy  (in current state for 00:13:30)
  Configured Resources: PROCS: 16  MEM: 31G  SWAP: 14G  DISK: 1M
  Utilized   Resources: PROCS: 16
  Dedicated  Resources: PROCS: 15  MEM: 29G  SWAP: 12G

But the node has only 10G of swap, of which 8G are free::

  $ ssh wn03 free -m
               total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
  Mem:         32484      32316        168          0         26       5989
  -/+ buffers/cache:      26301       6183
  Swap:        10236       2239       7996

It looks like MAUI takes its "SWAP" value by looking at TORQUE's "availmem"::

  $ pbsnodes -a
       state = free
       status = [...],totmem=43746664kb,availmem=14381788kb,physmem=33264260kb,[...]

Shouldn't "SWAP" reflect either the total node memory or the size of
the swap partition?

We're using MAUI 3.2.6p20 on SLC4 as found in the gLite distribution::

  $ rpm -qa | fgrep maui

Best regards,

Riccardo Murri
CSCS - Swiss National Centre for Supercomputing
Galleria 2, via Cantonale
CH-6928 Manno (Switzerland)

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