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Installing and operating slurmrestd

slurmrestd is a stateless REST compatible API to the slurm control plane. This article will go over the steps to install and configure basic operation of the service.

Important Notes

  • Instructions are based on Bright Cluster Manager 9.2 on a Rocky8 based cluster running slurm 21.08 although these steps should work for most Bright Clusters where the slurmXX.XX-slurmrestd package is available.
  • Currently Bright Cluster Manager provides no integration or management of slurmrestd.
  • This installation is only for trusted networks. Refer to the slurm documentation on the security and best practices for slurmrestd. The service should not be exposed on untrusted networks without additional security.
  • Instructions presume that slurm is installed and operating normally.


The first step will be the installation of the necessary package. On the primary head node, you should install the following package.

NOTE: Please make sure to install the version matched slurmrestd package. Installing a non-matched package may result in SLURM failures. If you would like to update SLURM please use the appropriate KB article.

[root@ew-slurmrestd ~]# yum install `rpm -qa | grep -e 'slurm[[:digit:]][[:digit:]]\.[[:digit:]][[:digit:]]-[[:digit:]]' | awk -F- '{print $1 "-slurmrestd-" $2 "-" $3}'`
Dependencies resolved.
 slurm21.08-slurmrestd                                                x86_64                                                21.08.8-100612_cm9.2_457a042d80                                                   cm-rhel8-9.2-updates                                                179 k
Installing dependencies:
 http-parser                                                          x86_64                                                2.8.0-9.el8                                                                       
Running transaction
  Preparing        :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/1   Installing       : http-parser-2.8.0-9.el8.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1/2   Installing       : slurm21.08-slurmrestd-21.08.8-100612_cm9.2_457a042d80.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                                                   2/2   Running scriptlet: slurm21.08-slurmrestd-21.08.8-100612_cm9.2_457a042d80.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                                                   2/2   Verifying        : slurm21.08-slurmrestd-21.08.8-100612_cm9.2_457a042d80.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                                                   1/2   Verifying        : http-parser-2.8.0-9.el8.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2/2

  http-parser-2.8.0-9.el8.x86_64                                                                                              slurm21.08-slurmrestd-21.08.8-100612_cm9.2_457a042d80.x86_64


At this point, you should have an installed binary for slurmrestd and can test to confirm that it is able to communicate with the slurm controller.

# module load slurm
# echo -e "GET /slurm/v0.0.37/diag/ HTTP/1.0\r\n\r\n" | SLURMRESTD_SECURITY=disable_user_check /cm/shared/apps/slurm/current/sbin/slurmrestd | head -n 20
slurmrestd: operations_router: [fd:0->fd:1] GET /slurm/v0.0.37/diag/
slurmrestd: rest_auth/local: slurm_rest_auth_p_authenticate: [fd:0->fd:1] accepted connection from user: root[0]
slurmrestd: rest_auth/local: slurm_rest_auth_p_apply: apply local auth for user root
HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-Length: 1383
Content-Type: application/json

   "meta": {
     "plugin": {
       "type": "openapi\/v0.0.37",
       "name": "Slurm OpenAPI v0.0.37"
     "Slurm": {
       "version": {
         "major": 21,
         "micro": 8,
         "minor": 8
       "release": "21.08.8-2"
   "errors": [

Setting up JWT Authentication

Follow the instructions on the SchedMD site to configure the appropriate JWT keys for the site. Below configures a basic JWT key for a Bright Managed SLURM cluster.

module load slurm
export JWT_KEY=`dirname $SLURM_CONF`/jwt.key
echo $JWT_KEY  # confirm this outputs a path on the system

Next, we will generate a simple key and make the necessary changes to slurm.conf

install -m 0600 -o slurm -g slurm <(dd if=/dev/random bs=32 count=1) $JWT_KEY
cat <<END >> $SLURM_CONF

# Added to support slurmrestd
# end slurmrestd

Next, we have to create an appropriate service file to start slurmrestd. Newer versions of the slurmrestd package come with this service file so only add it if not already present.

systemctl cat slurmrestd.service || cat <<END > /usr/lib/systemd/system/slurmrestd.service
Description=Slurm REST daemon
After=network-online.target munge.service slurmctld.service

ExecStart=/cm/shared/apps/slurm/current/sbin/slurmrestd \$SLURMRESTD_OPTIONS
ExecReload=/bin/kill -HUP $MAINPID

cat <<END > /etc/sysconfig/slurmrestd
SLURMRESTD_OPTIONS=-u daemon -a rest_auth/jwt
mkdir /etc/systemd/system/slurmrestd.service.d
cat <<END > /etc/systemd/system/slurmrestd.service.d/99-cmd.conf
systemctl daemon-reload
cmsh -x -q -c 'device use master; services; add slurmrestd; set monitored yes; set autostart yes; commit'


Now that slurmrestd is installed and operational you can execute the following to confirm that it is operating normally.

. <(scontrol token)
wget --header "X-SLURM-USER-TOKEN: $SLURM_JWT" --header "X-SLURM-USER-NAME: $USER" -q http://localhost:6820/slurm/v0.0.37/diag/ -O - | head -n 10

The output of the above should mirror the test from earlier.

# wget --header "X-SLURM-USER-TOKEN: $SLURM_JWT" --header "X-SLURM-USER-NAME: $USER" -q http://localhost:6820/slurm/v0.0.37/diag/ -O - | head -n 10
   "meta": {
     "plugin": {
       "type": "openapi\/v0.0.37",
       "name": "Slurm OpenAPI v0.0.37"
     "Slurm": {
       "version": {
         "major": 21,
         "micro": 8,
Updated on July 19, 2022

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