[torqueusers] Strange problem in Torque 2.5.7+

Wickliffe, Blake W blake.wickliffe at aramco.com
Fri Sep 9 22:42:20 MDT 2011


We've been bitten by a strange problem twice now in Torque, so I thought I'd check to see if anyone else has run into it.  We are running Torque 2.5.7 on a large-ish cluster (3000+ nodes) and the pbs_server daemon hangs.  All qstat or pbsnodes commands fail.  The process is still in memory but it drops to 0% CPU utilization.

Restarting the pbs_server allows it to come back up for a few seconds but then it hangs again.  If I clear out all the jobs in the "jobs" directory and restart the server it comes back up fine.  The last time this happened, I was able to move jobs back into the directory a few at a time and keep restarting the pbs_server until I isolated the few jobs that were causing the server to hang.  Checking the files, all of these jobs were running on two nodes that had crashed.

So, in essence, a pbs_mom node crashed and took down the entire cluster with it.  As I said, we've seen this happen twice now.  Has anyone else seen this?


Blake Wickliffe
Saudi Aramco


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