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Scheduling & Job Management: How to Get the Most from a Cluster (3-part series)
This online workshop focuses on getting the most out of a cluster using a scheduler. Split into three parts, each two-hour session will provide hands-on training and offer users a chance to experiment with job submission techniques. Held over three days, each of the three sessions will be delivered online as a two-hour webinar.
Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27
1:30 - 3:30 pm MST each day
Participants will connect to the webinar using Vidyo
(connection instructions will be sent to all registrants)
Part 1 will discuss how a scheduler works and how to use the knowledge to your advantage. Participants will practice how to submit basic jobs, with a focus on productivity. Other topics covered include:
- optimizing walltime
- MPI and OpenMP jobs
- job arrays
- Interactive Jobs
Part 2 will discuss how to submit and run more advanced jobs. Participants will practice examining jobs, and understand their state. Knowledge and practice of the topics covered in Part 1 is a prerequisite for attending this workshop. Other topics covered include:
- Jobs and memory
- software licenses, job dependencies, accounting groups and advanced requests
Part 3 will discuss how a cluster chooses which jobs are to be run first by examining the topics of fairness, priority, and reservations. Participants will examine the state of the cluster and their jobs in order to troubleshoot problems. Knowledge and practice of the topics covered in Parts 1 and 2 is a prerequisite for attending this workshop.
- Scheduler Commands.pdf
- PBS Script.pdf
- Exercise Worksheet
- Presentation Slides
- Part 1 (Nov 25): Presenter Slides
- Part 2 (Nov 26): Presenter Slides
- Part 3 (Nov 27): Presenter Slides
- Archive Videos
Who Should Attend:
This session is intended for current WestGrid account holders who have had some experience submitting jobs but would like to learn how to increase their job productivity and efficiency. Familiarity with logging in to WestGrid systems, using UNIX and basic job script commands is recommended.
- Have a WestGrid account and have experience logging into the Jasper cluster
- Be somewhat proficient in U/Linux, i.e.:
- Know what a man page is.
- Can edit, copy, and delete files.
- Can use top and ps to see resources used of a process.
- Know what unix environment variables are, how to set and display them.