[torquedev] memory limit enforcement by pbs_mom - REQUEST FOR FEEDBACK

Åke Sandgren ake.sandgren at hpc2n.umu.se
Mon Feb 6 07:42:04 MST 2006

On Tue, 2006-01-31 at 13:18 -0700, Dave Jackson wrote:
> Greetings,
>   Currently, the pbs_mom enforces memory limits specified with '-l
> pmem=X' but does not enforce memory limits specified with '-l mem=X'
> This is confusing for some users.  I propose that we modify
> mom_set_limits() to enforce stack and data segment limits if pmem is
> specified or mem is specified and the job is serial.
>   This should have the impact that serial jobs now have mem limits
> enforced.  Are there any concerns with this change?

After having read linux/mom_mach.c a couple of times i would suggest
that pxxx limits get enforced with setrlimit whenever the corresponding
xxx limit has been set, since if any process exceeds limit xxx the mom
should kill the job anyway.

Then we have the question of what (p)mem should really limit.
As far as i know this could potentially be slightly different things on
different archs depending on what is actually possible.

On linux the only thing you can poll from outside is rss which means mem
should limit rss and nothing else. This would then mean that pmem
shouldn't try to enforce anything (since the kernel doesn't enforce
RLIMIT_RSS) and pmem and mem should be polled for toghether with
walltime, cput and vmem. Then if any limit is requested RLIMIT_DATA and
RLIMIT_STACK should be raised (but probably not lowered) to the limit.


Ake Sandgren, HPC2N, Umea University, S-90187 Umea, Sweden
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