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Application Details

  • Description: SLURM is an open-source job scheduler, used by HPCs.
  • Version: 15.08.8


The SLURM (Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management) workload manager is a free and open-source job scheduler for the Linux kernel. It is used by Viper and many of the world's supercomputers (and clusters).

  • First, it allocates exclusive and/or non-exclusive access to resources (computer nodes) to users for some duration of time so they can perform work.
  • Second, it provides a framework for starting, executing, and monitoring work (typically a parallel job such as MPI) on a set of allocated nodes.
  • Thirdly, it arbitrates contention for resources by managing a queue of pending jobs.

Slurm takes your batch job submission and execute it across the computing nodes of Viper. How it is processed will depend on a number of factors including the queue it is submitted to, jobs already submitted to the queue etc.

  • SLURM builder is available on for ready made custom scripts.

Common Slurm Commands

Command Description
sbatch Submits a batch script to SLURM. The batch script may be given to sbatch through a file name on the command line, or if no file name is specified, sbatch will read in a script from standard input.
squeue Used to view job and job step information for jobs managed by SLURM.
scancel Used to signal or cancel jobs, job arrays or job steps.
sinfo Used to view partition and node information for a system running SLURM.


Used to submit a job to Slurm.

[username@login01 ~]$ sbatch jobfile.job
Submitted batch job 289535
Icon exclam3.png The number displayed (289535) is the Job ID


squeue shows information about jobs in the scheduling queue

[username@login01 ~]$ squeue
             306414   compute  clasDFT   user  R      16:36      1 c006
             306413   compute mpi_benc   user  R      31:02      2 c[005,007]
             306411   compute  orca_1n   user  R    1:00:32      1 c004
             306410   compute  orca_1n   user  R    1:04:17      1 c003
             306409   highmem cnv_obit   user  R   11:37:17      1 c232
             306407   compute  20M4_20   user  R   11:45:54      1 c012
             306406   compute 20_ML_20   user  R   11:55:40      1 c012
Heading Description
JOBID The unique identifier assinged to a job
PARTITION The type of node the job is running on e.g. compute, highmem, GPU
NAME Name of job
USER User ID of job owner
ST Job state code e.g. R stands for 'Running'
TIME Length of time a job has been running
NODES Amount of nodes a job is running on
NODELIST(REASON) List of nodes a job is running on, also provides reason a job is not running e.g. a dependency on a node.


scancel is used to cancel currently running jobs. Only jobs running under your userid may be canceled.

[username@login01 ~]$ scancel 289535
Icon exclam3.png No output is given by the command.


sinfo shows information on the partitions and nodes in the cluster.

[username@login01 ~]$ sinfo
compute*     up 2-00:00:00      9    mix c[006,012,014,016,018-020,022,170]
compute*     up 2-00:00:00     11  alloc c[003-004,008,015,046,086,093,098,138,167-168]
compute*     up 2-00:00:00    156   idle c[001-002,005,007,009-011,013,017,021,023-045,047-085,087-092,094-097,099-137,139-166,169,171-176]
highmem      up 4-00:00:00      1    mix c230
highmem      up 4-00:00:00      2  alloc c[231-232]
highmem      up 4-00:00:00      1   idle c233
gpu          up 5-00:00:00      4   idle gpu[01-04]
Heading Description
PARTITION A group of nodes, on Viper partitions are organised by node type e.g compute, high memory and GPU
AVAIL Availability of a specific partition
TIMELIMIT Time limit for jobs running on a specific partition e.g. for the compute nodes the maximum time a job can run for is 2 days.
NODES Number of nodes in a specific state/partition
STATE The current status of a partition/group of nodes e.g. alloc (allocated)
NODELIST List of nodes in specific state/partition

Common Submission Flags

For ease and repetition it is much easier to build Slurm commands into batch files, the following are an example of the most commonly used commands.

Note: The use of the --exclusive flag to indicate whether you require the whole node for your job, if don't need a significant amount of processing cores then omitting this command will allow other users to use the unused resources of that node.

Flag Description
-J / --job-name Specify a name for the job
-N / --nodes Specifies the number of nodes to be allocated to a job
-n / --ntasks Specifies the allocation of resources e.g. for 1 Compute Node the maximum would be 28
-o / --output Specifies the name of the output file
-e / --error Specifies the name of the error file
-p / --partition Specifies the specific partition for the job e.g. compute, highmem, gpu
--exclusive Requests exclusive access to nodes preventing other jobs from running

Example Job Submission Script


#SBATCH -J Example_Slurm_Job
#SBATCH -n 28
#SBATCH -o %N.%j.%a.out
#SBATCH -e %N.%j.%a.err
#SBATCH -p compute
#SBATCH --exclusive


module purge
module add gcc/8.2.0

export I_MPI_DEBUG=5
export I_MPI_FABRICS=shm:tmi
export I_MPI_FALLBACK=no


See Also

For more information on creating batch jobs visit the Batch Jobs guide

Further Information