[torqueusers] disabling direct access to compute nodes

Prakash Velayutham prakash.velayutham at cchmc.org
Fri Oct 5 13:16:23 MDT 2007


Use pam_authuser that comes with Torque distribution under contrib  
folder. This works beautifully and lets a user access a node using  
SSH only if he has a valid job running in that node. Otherwise he is  


On Oct 5, 2007, at 3:08 PM, Ole Holm Nielsen wrote:

> Markus Seto wrote:
>> Hi, I've recently started fiddling with a torque installation, and  
>> was
>> wondering if it's possible to disable direct access to the compute  
>> nodes
>> from the master node.  I've noticed some users cheating the system  
>> and
>> directly logging into compute nodes to run jobs, and I want to  
>> force them to
>> use the queue system, but I was told that direct access with ssh  
>> keys is
>> needed for torque to run.  any ideas?
> The low-tech bullet-proof method we use is to have separate login  
> nodes for
> users.  We restrict logins to the master server by using the  
> AllowUsers
> option in /etc/ssh/sshd_config (see "man sshd_config") so that  
> normal users
> can't login there.
> Now, the login nodes are on our public network, whereas all compute
> nodes are on a private network (the master server of course connects
> to both of these networks).  Users on the login nodes can submit jobs
> etc., but they have NO way of ever communicating with the compute  
> nodes !
> They can communicate with the master server, and that's it !
> Some people may think that the submit nodes must be able to  
> communicate
> with the compute nodes in order for the batch system to work, but that
> is just not true.  Of course, your NFS filserver (if it's different  
> from
> the master server) must connect to both the private and the public  
> network
> as well.
> The disadvantages: With our setup interactive Torque jobs (qsub -I)
> are not possible.  The workaround: If a few select users genuinely
> need interactive login access to the compute nodes, then we enable
> their login to the master server by adding them in the /etc/ssh/ 
> sshd_config
> file.  If you don't like to allow user logins to the master server,
> a dedicated login server with restricted logins could be made in stead
> with a second network card that connects to the private network.
> Best regards,
> Ole
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