[torqueusers] Job array throttling

Gabe Turner gabe at msi.umn.edu
Thu Jul 10 08:06:14 MDT 2008

We starting to play with job arrays as we have some actual requests for
them from former SGE users which we've recently adopted.  Submitting and
delting them is working fine (in 2.3.0), but there seems to be no way that
I can tell to throttle them.  Basically, I would like to limit the size of
any given job array to a static number of jobs.  We have a policy, as
unwise and politically-motivated as it may be, dictating that no user can
submit more than 10 jobs.  Currently we throttle this using a submit

What our submit filter does is just parse qstat output to determine the
number of jobs a user has submitted (crude, but it works) and it returns an
error when they try to submit jobs beyond 10.  The problem is that a user
would be able to circumvent this by submitting a job array containing more
than 10 jobs, as it seems the submit filter is only executed once, even
when sumitting a job array.  Fortunately, once this 10+ job array has been
submitted, our filter then prevent further submissions for that user.

We can work support for detecting '#PBS -t ...' into our submit filter, but
I don't believe that will work if -t is passed on the qsub command line.
I've considered the implementation of a qsub wrapper, but frankly it's just
too easy to circumvent.

Anyone want to brainstorm with me about this?  Any plans by those Torque
developers working on job arrays to providing throttling policies for job
array size?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Gabe Turner                                             gabe at msi.umn.edu
UNIX System Administrator,
University of Minnesota
Supercomputing Institute                          http://www.msi.umn.edu

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