[torqueusers] Empty output/error log file

FyD fyd at q4md-forcefieldtools.org
Fri Mar 25 06:21:37 MDT 2011


>> /dev/sdb1     ext3    917G  414G  457G  48% /scratch
>> as you can see the /scratch partition is not full...
> still, those 1M files might be the problem.

I can requested 256 000 files (smaller grid) instead of 1 000 000 &  
the same problem

> Are those files temporary or do they belong to the result set?


> Will they be copied back to your head node and deleted afterwards?


> I guess you use /home with nfs to get your results back?

No otherwise (because of NFS) it will take for ever...

> Please check "df -i", too. A good way to exclude inode problems is to
> run 8 jobs and issue "df -i" during computation.


[xxxx at node2 ~]$ df -i
Sys. de fich.         Inodes   IUtil.  ILib. %IUti. Monté sur
/dev/sda3             767232   93248  673984   13% /
/dev/sda5            59211776      15 59211761    1% /tmp
/dev/sda1              26104      41   26063    1% /boot
tmpfs                1537806       1 1537805    1% /dev/shm
/dev/sdb1            122109952 80024695 42085257   66% /scratch
master0:/home        5859342208 1326970 5858015238    1% /home
master0:/usr/local   7285856  166312 7119544    3% /usr/local
master0:/opt         3840192   27564 3812628    1% /opt


Here is what we guess:

When the 8 first jobs are started all goes well. Then, among these 8  
jobs, one will finish first while the 7 others still write on the  
common hard drive (/scratch partition), making the hard drive very  
busy; So a core is freed and the 9th job can be ran. However, for a  
reason we do not master, nothing is done for this 9th job & an empty  
error log file is generated.

We suspect that our hard drive (/scratch partition) is busy and the  
'system' does not 'answer' when PBS send the 9th job.

Does it make sense to you?

regards, Francois

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