[torqueusers] Torque and Propack 5 cpusets.

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Thu Aug 9 22:54:29 MDT 2007

On Wed, 8 Aug 2007, Rushton Martin wrote:

> We run SLES 9 SP3, with PP4, SP3 on our Altix.  I'm using cpusets
> in a simple manner.  During boot an init script checks for the
> presence of the /batch cpuset, and if missing creates it.  The
> three daemons (mom, server and sched) are then started within the
> cpuset, and will therefore create all children within it unless
> otherwise directed.  We're (currently) using Torque only on a
> single 64-cpu node, not across a cluster so the procedure works
> well.

Hi Martin,  nice to see Torque being used at the other fork of my old 
employer.. :-)

Your method is handy for a large SSI system, but for clusters of 
smaller SMP nodes it'd be nice if Torque would handle this - if for 
no other reason than to catch the occasional rogue job that starts 
heaps of processes accidentally.

At least if it were confined within its own cpuset it could only 
hamper itself, rather than everyone else on the same node.

The hard part there would be handling processes that spread over nodes 
via ssh/rsh rather than through the TM interface.

Be *really* nice to have a transparent rsh/ssh replacement that used 
TM instead - could be a nice little project for someone (and no, 
don't look at me!)...

I don't think pbsdsh is transparent enough, but that might be fixable 
with a bit of hacking, perhaps switching into that mode if called as 
rsh/ssh ?
Christopher Samuel - (03) 9925 4751 - Systems Manager
 The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
 P.O. Box 201, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia
VPAC is a not-for-profit Registered Research Agency
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