[torqueusers] spreading load over nodes

Rob Holmes Rob.Holmes at bmtwbm.com.au
Tue Oct 2 00:32:20 MDT 2012

Yes I assumed from the lack of replies until now that there was no way to do it in pbs_sched.  Sounds like it's time to bite the bullet and have a go at getting Maui up and running.

Thanks Chris

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From: torqueusers-bounces at supercluster.org [mailto:torqueusers-bounces at supercluster.org] On Behalf Of Christopher Samuel
Sent: Tuesday, 2 October 2012 04:11 PM
To: torqueusers at supercluster.org
Subject: Re: [torqueusers] spreading load over nodes

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On 13/09/12 08:57, Rob Holmes wrote:

> Hi all,

Hi Rob,

> We have a small cluster (running torque & pbs_sched) that is only
> occasionally fully utilized.  Most of the time there are not enough
> jobs to fill all the nodes.
> When a job is submitted it always goes to the first available node in
> the node list, resulting in ?node01? getting significantly more work
> than ?node14?.  I?m keen to spread the workload more evenly across
> each node.  Is there a way to get torque to pick a free node at
> random, rather than the first free node on the list?

I'd suggest looking at using Maui instead of pbs_sched. The one you're using is a pretty simple one that (as you've seen) tends to just deal with the nodes in order.  Maui is much more flexible.

The downside is that Maui is much more flexible.. :-)

Good luck!
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