Submitting CPU Jobs


The CPU jobs should be submitted to cpu partition.

You can submit a non-interactive job using the sbatch command. To submit an interactive job, use the srun command:

srun --pty bash

Resource specification

You should specify the memory and CPU requirements (if higher than the defaults) and don't exceed them. If your job needs more than one CPU (thread) (on a single machine) for most of the time, reserve the given number of CPU threads with the --cpus-per-task and memory with the --mem options.

srun -p cpu --cpus-per-task=4 --mem=8G --pty bash

This will give you an interactive shell with 4 threads and 8G RAM on the cpu partition.

Monitoring and interaction

Job monitoring

We should be able to see what is going on when we run a job. Following examples shows usage of some typical commands:

  • squeue -a - this shows the jobs in all partitions.
  • squeue -u user - print a list of running/waiting jobs of a given user
  • squeue -j<JOB_ID> - this shows detailed info about the job with given JOB_ID (if it is still running).
  • sinfo - print available/total resources

Job interaction

  • scontrol show job JOBID - this shows details of running job with JOBID
  • scancel JOBID - delete job from the queue

Selected submit options

The complete list of available options for the commands srun and sbatch can be found in SLURM documentation. Most of the options listed here can be entered as a command parameters or as an SBATCH directive inside of a script.

 -J helloWorld         # name of job
 -p gpu                # name of partition or queue (if not specified default partition is used)
 -q normal             # QOS level (sets priority of the job)
 -c 4                  # reserve 4 CPU threads
 --gres=gpu:1          # reserve 1 GPU card
 -o script.out         # name of output file for the job 
 -e script.err         # name of error file for the job