sge_queue_conf man page
queue_conf — Sun Grid Engine queue configuration file format
This manual page describes the format of the template file for the cluster queue configuration. Via the -aq and -mq options of the qconf(1) command, you can add cluster queues and modify the configuration of any queue in the cluster. Any of these change operations can be rejected, as a result of a failed integrity verification.
The queue configuration parameters take as values strings, integer decimal numbers or boolean, time and memory specifiers (see time_specifier and memory_specifier in sge_types(5)) as well as comma separated lists.
Note, Sun Grid Engine allows backslashes (\) be used to escape newline (\newline) characters. The backslash and the newline are replaced with a space (" ") character before any interpretation.
The following list of parameters specifies the queue configuration file content:
The name of the cluster queue as defined for queue_name in sge_types(1). As template default "template" is used.
A list of host identifiers as defined for host_identifier in sge_types(1). For each host Sun Grid Engine maintains a queue instance for running jobs on that particular host. Large amounts of hosts can easily be managed by using host groups rather than by single host names. As list separators white-spaces and "," can be used. (template default: NONE).
If more than one host is specified it can be desirable to specify divergences with the further below parameter settings for certain hosts. These divergences can be expressed using the enhanced queue configuration specifier syntax. This syntax builds upon the regular parameter specifier syntax separately for each parameter:
"["host_identifier=<parameters_specifier_syntax>"]" [,"["host_identifier=<parameters_specifier_syntax>"]" ]
note, even in the enhanced queue configuration specifier syntax an entry without brackets denoting the default setting is required and used for all queue instances where no divergences are specified. Tuples with a host group host_identifier override the default setting. Tuples with a host name host_identifier override both the default and the host group setting.
Note that also with the enhanced queue configuration specifier syntax a default setting is always needed for each configuration attribute; otherwise the queue configuration gets rejected. Ambiguous queue configurations with more than one attribute setting for a particular host are rejected. Configurations containing override values for hosts not enlisted under 'hostname' are accepted but are indicated by -sds of qconf(1). The cluster queue should contain an unambiguous specification for each configuration attribute of each queue instance specified under hostname in the queue configuration. Ambiguous configurations with more than one attribute setting resulting from overlapping host groups are indicated by -explain c of qstat(1) and cause the queue instance with ambiguous configurations to enter the c(onfiguration ambiguous) state.
In conjunction with the hosts load situation at a time this parameter specifies this queue's position in the scheduling order within the suitable queues for a job to be dispatched under consideration of the queue_sort_method (see sched_conf(5) ).
Regardless of the queue_sort_method setting, qstat(1) reports queue information in the order defined by the value of the seq_no. Set this parameter to a monotonically increasing sequence. (type number; template default: 0).
load_thresholds is a list of load thresholds. Already if one of the thresholds is exceeded no further jobs will be scheduled to the queues and qmon(1) will signal an overload condition for this node. Arbitrary load values being defined in the "host" and "global" complexes (see complex(5) for details) can be used.
The syntax is that of a comma separated list with each list element consisting of the complex_name (see sge_types(5)) of a load value, an equal sign and the threshold value being intended to trigger the overload situation (e.g. load_avg=1.75,users_logged_in=5).
Note: Load values as well as consumable resources may be scaled differently for different hosts if specified in the corresponding execution host definitions (refer to host_conf(5) for more information). Load thresholds are compared against the scaled load and consumable values.
A list of load thresholds with the same semantics as that of the load_thresholds parameter (see above) except that exceeding one of the denoted thresholds initiates suspension of one of multiple jobs in the queue. See the nsuspend parameter below for details on the number of jobs which are suspended. There is an important relationship between the uspend_threshold and the cheduler_interval. If you have for example a suspend threshold on the np_load_avg, and the load exceeds the threshold, this does not have immediate effect. Jobs continue running until the next scheduling run, where the scheduler detects the threshold has been exceeded and sends an order to qmaster to suspend the job. The same applies for unsuspending.
The number of jobs which are suspended/enabled per time interval if at least one of the load thresholds in the suspend_thresholds list is exceeded or if no suspend_threshold is violated anymore respectively. Nsuspend jobs are suspended in each time interval until no suspend_thresholds are exceeded anymore or all jobs in the queue are suspended. Jobs are enabled in the corresponding way if the suspend_thresholds are no longer exceeded. The time interval in which the suspensions of the jobs occur is defined in suspend_interval below.
The time interval in which further nsuspend jobs are suspended if one of the suspend_thresholds (see above for both) is exceeded by the current load on the host on which the queue is located. The time interval is also used when enabling the jobs. The syntax is that of a time_specifier in sge_types(5).
The priority parameter specifies the nice(2) value at which jobs in this queue will be run. The type is number and the default is zero (which means no nice value is set explicitly). Negative values (up to -20) correspond to a higher scheduling priority, positive values (up to +20) correspond to a lower scheduling priority.
Note, the value of priority has no effect, if Sun Grid Engine adjusts priorities dynamically to implement ticket-based entitlement policy goals. Dynamic priority adjustment is switched off by default due to sge_conf(5) reprioritize being set to false.
The time between two automatic checkpoints in case of transparently checkpointing jobs. The maximum of the time requested by the user via qsub(1) and the time defined by the queue configuration is used as checkpoint interval. Since checkpoint files may be considerably large and thus writing them to the file system may become expensive, users and administrators are advised to choose sufficiently large time intervals. min_cpu_interval is of type time and the default is 5 minutes (which usually is suitable for test purposes only). The syntax is that of a time_specifier in sge_types(5).
A set of processors in case of a multiprocessor execution host can be defined to which the jobs executing in this queue are bound. The value type of this parameter is a range description like that of the -pe option of qsub(1) (e.g. 1-4,8,10) denoting the processor numbers for the processor group to be used. Obviously the interpretation of these values relies on operating system specifics and is thus performed inside sge_execd(8) running on the queue host. Therefore, the parsing of the parameter has to be provided by the execution daemon and the parameter is only passed through sge_qmaster(8) as a string.
Currently, support is only provided for multiprocessor machines running Solaris, SGI multiprocessor machines running IRIX 6.2 and Digital UNIX multiprocessor machines. In the case of Solaris the processor set must already exist, when this processors parameter is configured. So the processor set has to be created manually. In the case of Digital UNIX only one job per processor set is allowed to execute at the same time, i.e. slots (see above) should be set to 1 for this queue.
The type of queue. Currently batch, interactive or a combination in a comma separated list or NONE.
The formerly supported types parallel and checkpointing are not allowed anymore. A queue instance is implicitly of type parallel/checkpointing if there is a parallel environment or a checkpointing interface specified for this queue instance in pe_list/ckpt_list. Formerly possible settings e.g.
could be transferred into
qtype NONE pe_list pe_name
(type string; default: batch interactive).
The list of administrator-defined parallel environment (see sge_pe(5)) names to be associated with the queue. The default is NONE.
The list of administrator-defined checkpointing interface names (see ckpt_name in sge_types(1)) to be associated with the queue. The default is NONE.
Defines a default behavior for jobs which are aborted by system crashes or manual "violent" (via kill(1)) shutdown of the complete Sun Grid Engine system (including the sge_shepherd(8) of the jobs and their process hierarchy) on the queue host. As soon as sge_execd(8) is restarted and detects that a job has been aborted for such reasons it can be restarted if the jobs are restartable. A job may not be restartable, for example, if it updates databases (first reads then writes to the same record of a database/file) because the abortion of the job may have left the database in an inconsistent state. If the owner of a job wants to overrule the default behavior for the jobs in the queue the -r option of qsub(1) can be used.
The type of this parameter is boolean, thus either TRUE or FALSE can be specified. The default is FALSE, i.e. do not restart jobs automatically.
The maximum number of concurrently executing jobs allowed in the queue. Type is number, valid values are 0 to 9999999.
The tmpdir parameter specifies the absolute path to the base of the temporary directory filesystem. When sge_execd(8) launches a job, it creates a uniquely-named directory in this filesystem for the purpose of holding scratch files during job execution. At job completion, this directory and its contents are removed automatically. The environment variables TMPDIR and TMP are set to the path of each jobs scratch directory (type string; default: /tmp).
If either posix_compliant or script_from_stdin is specified as the shell_start_mode parameter in sge_conf(5) the shell parameter specifies the executable path of the command interpreter (e.g. sh(1) or csh(1)) to be used to process the job scripts executed in the queue. The definition of shell can be overruled by the job owner via the qsub(1) -S option.
The type of the parameter is string. The default is /bin/csh.
This parameter defines the mechanisms which are used to actually invoke the job scripts on the execution hosts. The following values are recognized:
If a user starts a job shell script under UNIX interactively by invoking it just with the script name the operating system's executable loader uses the information provided in a comment such as `#!/bin/csh' in the first line of the script to detect which command interpreter to start to interpret the script. This mechanism is used by Sun Grid Engine when starting jobs if unix_behavior is defined as shell_start_mode.
POSIX does not consider first script line comments such a `#!/bin/csh' as being significant. The POSIX standard for batch queuing systems (P1003.2d) therefore requires a compliant queuing system to ignore such lines but to use user specified or configured default command interpreters instead. Thus, if shell_start_mode is set to posix_compliant Sun Grid Engine will either use the command interpreter indicated by the -S option of the qsub(1) command or the shell parameter of the queue to be used (see above).
Setting the shell_start_mode parameter either to posix_compliant or unix_behavior requires you to set the umask in use for sge_execd(8) such that every user has read access to the active_jobs directory in the spool directory of the corresponding execution daemon. In case you have prolog and epilog scripts configured, they also need to be readable by any user who may execute jobs.
If this violates your site's security policies you may want to set shell_start_mode to script_from_stdin. This will force Sun Grid Engine to open the job script as well as the epilogue and prologue scripts for reading into STDIN as root (if sge_execd(8) was started as root) before changing to the job owner's user account. The script is then fed into the STDIN stream of the command interpreter indicated by the -S option of the qsub(1) command or the shell parameter of the queue to be used (see above).
Thus setting shell_start_mode to script_from_stdin also implies posix_compliant behavior. Note, however, that feeding scripts into the STDIN stream of a command interpreter may cause trouble if commands like rsh(1) are invoked inside a job script as they also process the STDIN stream of the command interpreter. These problems can usually be resolved by redirecting the STDIN channel of those commands to come from /dev/null (e.g. rsh host date < /dev/null). Note also, that any command-line options associated with the job are passed to the executing shell. The shell will only forward them to the job if they are not recognized as valid shell options.
The default for shell_start_mode is posix_compliant. Note, though, that the shell_start_mode can only be used for batch jobs submitted by qsub(1) and can't be used for interactive jobs submitted by qrsh(1), qsh(1), qlogin(1).
The executable path of a shell script that is started before execution of Sun Grid Engine jobs with the same environment setting as that for the Sun Grid Engine jobs to be started afterwards. An optional prefix "user@" specifies the user under which this procedure is to be started. The procedures standard output and the error output stream are written to the same file used also for the standard output and error output of each job. This procedure is intended as a means for the Sun Grid Engine administrator to automate the execution of general site specific tasks like the preparation of temporary file systems with the need for the same context information as the job. This queue configuration entry overwrites cluster global or execution host specific prolog definitions (see sge_conf(5)).
The default for prolog is the special value NONE, which prevents from execution of a prologue script. The special variables for constituting a command line are the same like in prolog definitions of the cluster configuration (see sge_conf(5)).
Exit codes for the prolog attribute can be interpreted based on the following exit values:
99: Reschedule job
100: Put job in error state
Anything else: Put queue in error state
The executable path of a shell script that is started after execution of Sun Grid Engine jobs with the same environment setting as that for the Sun Grid Engine jobs that has just completed. An optional prefix "user@" specifies the user under which this procedure is to be started. The procedures standard output and the error output stream are written to the same file used also for the standard output and error output of each job. This procedure is intended as a means for the Sun Grid Engine administrator to automate the execution of general site specific tasks like the cleaning up of temporary file systems with the need for the same context information as the job. This queue configuration entry overwrites cluster global or execution host specific epilog definitions (see sge_conf(5)).
The default for epilog is the special value NONE, which prevents from execution of a epilogue script. The special variables for constituting a command line are the same like in prolog definitions of the cluster configuration (see sge_conf(5)).
Exit codes for the epilog attribute can be interpreted based on the following exit values:
99: Reschedule job
100: Put job in error state
Anything else: Put queue in error state
The specified executable path will be used as a job starter facility responsible for starting batch jobs. The executable path will be executed instead of the configured shell to start the job. The job arguments will be passed as arguments to the job starter. The following environment variables are used to pass information to the job starter concerning the shell environment which was configured or requested to start the job.
The name of the requested shell to start the job
The configured shell_start_mode
Set to "true" if the shell is supposed to be used as a login shell (see login_shells in sge_conf(5))
The starter_method will not be invoked for qsh, qlogin or qrsh acting as rlogin.
These parameters can be used for overwriting the default method used by Sun Grid Engine for suspension, release of a suspension and for termination of a job. Per default, the signals SIGSTOP, SIGCONT and SIGKILL are delivered to the job to perform these actions. However, for some applications this is not appropriate.
If no executable path is given, Sun Grid Engine takes the specified parameter entries as the signal to be delivered instead of the default signal. A signal must be either a positive number or a signal name with "SIG" as prefix and the signal name as printed by kill -l (e.g. SIGTERM).
If an executable path is given (it must be an absolute path starting with a "/") then this command together with its arguments is started by Sun Grid Engine to perform the appropriate action. The following special variables are expanded at runtime and can be used (besides any other strings which have to be interpreted by the procedures) to constitute a command line:
The name of the host on which the procedure is started.
The user name of the job owner.
Sun Grid Engine's unique job identification number.
The name of the job.
The name of the queue.
The pid of the job.
The time waited between delivery of SIGUSR1/SIGUSR2 notification signals and suspend/kill signals if job was submitted with the qsub(1) -notify option.
The owner_list enlists comma separated the login(1) user names (see user_name in sge_types(1)) of those users who are authorized to disable and suspend this queue through qmod(1) (Sun Grid Engine operators and managers can do this by default). It is customary to set this field for queues on interactive workstations where the computing resources are shared between interactive sessions and Sun Grid Engine jobs, allowing the workstation owner to have priority access. (default: NONE).
The user_lists parameter contains a comma separated list of Sun Grid Engine user access list names as described in access_list(5). Each user contained in at least one of the enlisted access lists has access to the queue. If the user_lists parameter is set to NONE (the default) any user has access being not explicitly excluded via the xuser_lists parameter described below. If a user is contained both in an access list enlisted in xuser_lists and user_lists the user is denied access to the queue.
The xuser_lists parameter contains a comma separated list of Sun Grid Engine user access list names as described in access_list(5). Each user contained in at least one of the enlisted access lists is not allowed to access the queue. If the xuser_lists parameter is set to NONE (the default) any user has access. If a user is contained both in an access list enlisted in xuser_lists and user_lists the user is denied access to the queue.
The projects parameter contains a comma separated list of Sun Grid Engine projects (see project(5)) that have access to the queue. Any project not in this list are denied access to the queue. If set to NONE (the default), any project has access that is not specifically excluded via the xprojects parameter described below. If a project is in both the projects and xprojects parameters, the project is denied access to the queue.
The xprojects parameter contains a comma separated list of Sun Grid Engine projects (see project(5)) that are denied access to the queue. If set to NONE (the default), no projects are denied access other than those denied access based on the projects parameter described above. If a project is in both the projects and xprojects parameters, the project is denied access to the queue.
There are two different types of subordination:
1. Queuewise subordination
A list of Sun Grid Engine queue names as defined for queue_name in sge_types(1). Subordinate relationships are in effect only between queue instances residing at the same host. The relationship does not apply and is ignored when jobs are running in queue instances on other hosts. Queue instances residing on the same host will be suspended when a specified count of jobs is running in this queue instance. The list specification is the same as that of the load_thresholds parameter above, e.g. low_pri_q=5,small_q. The numbers denote the job slots of the queue that have to be filled in the superordinated queue to trigger the suspension of the subordinated queue. If no value is assigned a suspension is triggered if all slots of the queue are filled.
On nodes which host more than one queue, you might wish to accord better service to certain classes of jobs (e.g., queues that are dedicated to parallel processing might need priority over low priority production queues; default: NONE).
2. Slotwise preemption
The slotwise preemption provides a means to ensure that high priority jobs get the resources they need, while at the same time low priority jobs on the same host are not unnecessarily preempted, maximizing the host utilization. The slotwise preemption is designed to provide different preemption actions, but with the current implementation only suspension is provided. This means there is a subordination relationship defined between queues similar to the queuewise subordination, but if the suspend threshold is exceeded, not the whole subordinated queue is suspended, there are only single tasks running in single slots suspended.
Like with queuewise subordination, the subordination relationships are in effect only between queue instances residing at the same host. The relationship does not apply and is ignored when jobs and tasks are running in queue instances on other hosts.
The syntax is:
<threshold> =a positive integer number <queue_list>=<queue_def>[,<queue_list>] <queue_def> =<queue>[:<seq_no>][:<action>] <queue> =a Sun Grid Engine queue name as defined for
queue_name in sge_types(1).
<seq_no> =sequence number among all subordinated queues of the same depth in the tree. The higher the sequence number, the lower is the priority of the queue. Default is 0, which is the highest priority. <action> =the action to be taken if the threshold is exceeded. Supported is: "sr": Suspend the task with the shortest run time. "lr": Suspend the task with the longest run time. Default is "sr".
Some examples of possible configurations and their functionalities:
a) The simplest configuration
which means the queue "B.q" is subordinated to the current queue (let's call it "A.q"), the suspend threshold for all tasks running in "A.q" and "B.q" on the current host is two, the sequence number of "B.q" is "0" and the action is "suspend task with shortest run time first". This subordination relationship looks like this:
A.q | B.q
This could be a typical configuration for a host with a dual core CPU. This subordination configuration ensures that tasks that are scheduled to "A.q" always get a CPU core for themselves, while jobs in "B.q" are not preempted as long as there are no jobs running in "A.q".
If there is no task running in "A.q", two tasks are running in "B.q" and a new task is scheduled to "A.q", the sum of tasks running in "A.q" and "B.q" is three. Three is greater than two, this triggers the defined action. This causes the task with the shortest run time in the subordinated queue "B.q" to be suspended. After suspension, there is one task running in "A.q", on task running in "B.q" and one task suspended in "B.q".
b) A simple tree
subordinate_list slots=2(B.q:1, C.q:2)
This defines a small tree that looks like this:
A.q / \ B.q C.q
A use case for this configuration could be a host with a dual core CPU and queue "B.q" and "C.q" for jobs with different requirements, e.g. "B.q" for interactive jobs, "C.q" for batch jobs. Again, the tasks in "A.q" always get a CPU core, while tasks in "B.q" and "C.q" are suspended only if the threshold of running tasks is exceeded. Here the sequence number among the queues of the same depth comes into play. Tasks scheduled to "B.q" can't directly trigger the suspension of tasks in "C.q", but if there is a task to be suspended, first "C.q" will be searched for a suitable task.
If there is one task running in "A.q", one in "C.q" and a new task is scheduled to "B.q", the threshold of "2" in "A.q", "B.q" and "C.q" is exceeded. This triggers the suspension of one task in either "B.q" or "C.q". The sequence number gives "B.q" a higher priority than "C.q", therefore the task in "C.q" is suspended. After suspension, there is one task running in "A.q", one task running in "B.q" and one task suspended in "C.q".
c) More than two levels
Configuration of A.q: subordinate_list slots=2(B.q)
Configuration of B.q: subordinate_list slots=2(C.q)
looks like this:
A.q | B.q | C.q
These are three queues with high, medium and low priority. If a task is scheduled to "C.q", first the subtree consisting of "B.q" and "C.q" is checked, the number of tasks running there is counted. If the threshold which is defined in "B.q" is exceeded, the job in "C.q" is suspended. Then the whole tree is checked, if the number of tasks running in "A.q", "B.q" and "C.q" exceeds the threshold defined in "A.q" the task in "C.q" is suspended. This means, the effective threshold of any subtree is not higher than the threshold of the root node of the tree. If in this example a task is scheduled to "A.q", immediately the number of tasks running in "A.q", "B.q" and "C.q" is checked against the threshold defined in "A.q".
d) Any tree
A.q / \ B.q C.q / / \ D.q E.q F.q \ G.q
The computation of the tasks that are to be (un)suspended always starts at the queue instance that is modified, i.e. a task is scheduled to, a task ends at, the configuration is modified, a manual or other automatic (un)suspend is issued, except when it is a leaf node, like "D.q", "E.q" and "G.q" in this example. Then the computation starts at its parent queue instance (like "B.q", "C.q" or "F.q" in this example). From there first all running tasks in the whole subtree of this queue instance are counted. If the sum exceeds the threshold configured in the subordinate_list, in this subtree a task is searched to be suspended. Then the algorithm proceeds to the parent of this queue instance, counts all running tasks in the whole subtree below the parent and checks if the number exceeds the threshold configured at the parent's subordinate_list. If so, it searches for a task to suspend in the whole subtree below the parent. And so on, until it did this computation for the root node of the tree.
complex_values defines quotas for resource attributes managed via this queue. The syntax is the same as for load_thresholds (see above). The quotas are related to the resource consumption of all jobs in a queue in the case of consumable resources (see complex(5) for details on consumable resources) or they are interpreted on a per queue slot (see slots above) basis in the case of non-consumable resources. Consumable resource attributes are commonly used to manage free memory, free disk space or available floating software licenses while non-consumable attributes usually define distinctive characteristics like type of hardware installed.
For consumable resource attributes an available resource amount is determined by subtracting the current resource consumption of all running jobs in the queue from the quota in the complex_values list. Jobs can only be dispatched to a queue if no resource requests exceed any corresponding resource availability obtained by this scheme. The quota definition in the complex_values list is automatically replaced by the current load value reported for this attribute, if load is monitored for this resource and if the reported load value is more stringent than the quota. This effectively avoids oversubscription of resources.
Note: Load values replacing the quota specifications may have become more stringent because they have been scaled (see host_conf(5)) and/or load adjusted (see sched_conf(5)). The -F option of qstat(1) and the load display in the qmon(1) queue control dialog (activated by clicking on a queue icon while the "Shift" key is pressed) provide detailed information on the actual availability of consumable resources and on the origin of the values taken into account currently.
Note also: The resource consumption of running jobs (used for the availability calculation) as well as the resource requests of the jobs waiting to be dispatched either may be derived from explicit user requests during job submission (see the -l option to qsub(1)) or from a "default" value configured for an attribute by the administrator (see complex(5)). The -r option to qstat(1) can be used for retrieving full detail on the actual resource requests of all jobs in the system.
For non-consumable resources Sun Grid Engine simply compares the job's attribute requests with the corresponding specification in complex_values taking the relation operator of the complex attribute definition into account (see complex(5)). If the result of the comparison is "true", the queue is suitable for the job with respect to the particular attribute. For parallel jobs each queue slot to be occupied by a parallel task is meant to provide the same resource attribute value.
Note: Only numeric complex attributes can be defined as consumable resources and hence non-numeric attributes are always handled on a per queue slot basis.
The default value for this parameter is NONE, i.e. no administrator defined resource attribute quotas are associated with the queue.
specifies the calendar to be valid for this queue or contains NONE (the default). A calendar defines the availability of a queue depending on time of day, week and year. Please refer to calendar_conf(5) for details on the Sun Grid Engine calendar facility.
Note: Jobs can request queues with a certain calendar model via a "-l c=<cal_name>" option to qsub(1).
defines an initial state for the queue either when adding the queue to the system for the first time or on start-up of the sge_execd(8) on the host on which the queue resides. Possible values are:
The queue is enabled when adding the queue or is reset to the previous status when sge_execd(8) comes up (this corresponds to the behavior in earlier Sun Grid Engine releases not supporting initial_state).
The queue is enabled in either case. This is equivalent to a manual and explicit 'qmod -e' command (see qmod(1)).
The queue is disable in either case. This is equivalent to a manual and explicit 'qmod -d' command (see qmod(1)).
The first two resource limit parameters, s_rt and h_rt, are implemented by Sun Grid Engine. They define the "real time" or also called "elapsed" or "wall clock" time having passed since the start of the job. If h_rt is exceeded by a job running in the queue, it is aborted via the SIGKILL signal (see kill(1)). If s_rt is exceeded, the job is first "warned" via the SIGUSR1 signal (which can be caught by the job) and finally aborted after the notification time defined in the queue configuration parameter notify (see above) has passed. In cases when s_rt is used in combination with job notification it might be necessary to configure a signal other than SIGUSR1 using the NOTIFY_KILL and NOTIFY_SUSP execd_params (see sge_conf(5)) so that the jobs' signal-catching mechanism can "differ" the cases and react accordingly.
The resource limit parameters s_cpu and h_cpu are implemented by Sun Grid Engine as a job limit. They impose a limit on the amount of combined CPU time consumed by all the processes in the job. If h_cpu is exceeded by a job running in the queue, it is aborted via a SIGKILL signal (see kill(1)). If s_cpu is exceeded, the job is sent a SIGXCPU signal which can be caught by the job. If you wish to allow a job to be "warned" so it can exit gracefully before it is killed then you should set the s_cpu limit to a lower value than h_cpu. For parallel processes, the limit is applied per slot which means that the limit is multiplied by the number of slots being used by the job before being applied.
The resource limit parameters s_vmem and h_vmem are implemented by Sun Grid Engine as a job limit. They impose a limit on the amount of combined virtual memory consumed by all the processes in the job. If h_vmem is exceeded by a job running in the queue, it is aborted via a SIGKILL signal (see kill(1)). If s_vmem is exceeded, the job is sent a SIGXCPU signal which can be caught by the job. If you wish to allow a job to be "warned" so it can exit gracefully before it is killed then you should set the s_vmem limit to a lower value than h_vmem. For parallel processes, the limit is applied per slot which means that the limit is multiplied by the number of slots being used by the job before being applied.
The remaining parameters in the queue configuration template specify per job soft and hard resource limits as implemented by the setrlimit(2) system call. See this manual page on your system for more information. By default, each limit field is set to infinity (which means RLIM_INFINITY as described in the setrlimit(2) manual page). The value type for the CPU-time limits s_cpu and h_cpu is time. The value type for the other limits is memory. Note: Not all systems support setrlimit(2).
Note also: s_vmem and h_vmem (virtual memory) are only available on systems supporting RLIMIT_VMEM (see setrlimit(2) on your operating system).
The UNICOS operating system supplied by SGI/Cray does not support the setrlimit(2) system call, using their own resource limit-setting system call instead. For UNICOS systems only, the following meanings apply:
The per-process CPU time limit in seconds.
The per-process maximum core file size in bytes.
The per-process maximum memory limit in bytes.
The same as s_data (if both are set the minimum is used).
The per-job CPU time limit in seconds.
The per-job maximum memory limit in bytes.
The same as h_data (if both are set the minimum is used).
The total number of disk blocks that this job can create.
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