How to Use the Cluster Manager

Torque is a system for reserving nodes and running jobs on a cluster. The torque software is installed on node33 through node66. This is a quick guide to getting started; for complete information try:

man qsub - the basic command for running jobs

man qstat - show currently running jobs

man pbsnodes - pbsnodes -a gives the current status of all nodes

These commands are in /usr/bin.

To Use a Node Interactively


% qsub -I

This reserves a node, gives you a shell on it, and releases the node when you log out.

To Use a Specific Node

% qsub -I -l nodes=node50

To Run a Batch Job

% qsub

Standard out and standard error from the job will be copied to a file in your current directory. For the files to be copied successfully, you must have ssh authentication configured, meaning you should be able to run

% ssh hostname

without typing your password.

To Run a Job on Several Nodes

The batch software creates a file that tells your job which nodes it has reserved. Here is a simple example of a job that figures out which nodes it has and does something on them:

% cat > ~/

mkdir -p $HOME/tmp

for i in `cat $PBS_NODEFILE` ; do
  ssh $i "cat /proc/cpuinfo > $HOME/tmp/$i.out; sleep 60" &

# wait for ssh'ed jobs to finish before releasing node
% qsub -l nodes=4 ~/

The nodes have two cpus; by default if you request 4 nodes, you will get one cpu on each of four different nodes (and other jobs may be scheduled for the other cpu). To request both processors on each of four nodes (eight cpus total) use:

% qsub -l nodes=4:ppn=2

-- DanGildea - 14 Dec 2005

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