[torqueusers] Submission number limits?

Garrick Staples garrick at usc.edu
Wed May 7 14:16:41 MDT 2008

On Wed, May 07, 2008 at 02:53:04PM -0500, Jeremy Mann alleged:
> Good afternoon all, I have one user that wants to submit roughly 140,000
> jobs to our queue. We tried it last week and it never worked. It took
> nearly an hour to submit all of them, then the PBS scheduler would stop
> responding and give:
> 05/02/2008 14:39:50;0100; pbs_sched;Req;;Leaving schedule
> 05/02/2008 14:39:50;0080; pbs_sched;Svr;main;brk point 760373248
> 05/02/2008 14:39:53;0100; pbs_sched;Req;;Entering Schedule
> 05/02/2008 14:42:53;0002; pbs_sched;Svr;toolong;alarm call
> The jobs are quite small and they run for about a minute. Now we're
> thinking about breaking them up into 100 or 1000 job chunks.
> I'm curious if the number of jobs being submitted, in our case 140,000, is
> too large for PBS/Torque to handle.
> Torque 2.1.2 x86_64 and the built in scheduler (not MAUI)

The trick is to limit the number of jobs visible to the scheduler by using a
routing queue to spool jobs into the execution queue.

So you do something like this:

create queue spoolq queue_type = Route, route_destinations = execq
create queue execq  queue_type = E, max_queueable=1000

Submit jobs to spoolq and it should handlelarge numbers of jobs.

Garrick Staples, GNU/Linux HPCC SysAdmin
University of Southern California

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