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How can I submit TORQUE or SLURM Jobs from my Linux Desktops

Bright provides an AdvancedConfig which allows additional submit hosts. This is configured in the “/cm/local/apps/cmd/etc/cmd.conf” as follows. 

AdvancedConfig = {"AdditionalSubmitHosts=node002,login01,user-desktop1,user-desktop2"} 

It is important to note that only one AdvancedConfig should be configured. Additional options may be appended to the list of options with a comma.

AdvancedConfig = { "=", "=", ... } 

Note: You must restart cmd for these changes to be in effect.

service cmd restart

You will also need to open the workload manager ports in your firewall so that external clients can connect to the workload manager. To do this edit /etc/shorewall/rules

For example with TORQUE you would open the following ports:

ACCEPT net fw tcp 18906 
ACCEPT net fw tcp 15001 
ACCEPT net fw tcp 15002 
ACCEPT net fw tcp 15003 
ACCEPT net fw tcp 15004 

For SLURM, the clients will try to connect to the SlurmctldPort which is 6817 in a default Bright install.

ACCEPT net fw tcp 6817

Note: You must restart Shorewall before these ports will be open to the workstations.

service shorewall restart

Finally, you will need to download the workload manager and configure/compile it on your submit host and edit its configuration to point to the head node.

  • For TORQUE edit /var/spool/torque/server_name and change the name to the server IP address or hostname. Start torqueauthd and try to run pbs_nodes.
  • For SLURM, you can copy the slurm.conf from the head node /etc/slurm/slurm.conf and place this on the submit host.
Updated on May 29, 2020

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