Ada:Batch Job Submission
Job Submission: the bsub command
bsub < jobfile # Submits specified job for processing by LSF
Here is an illustration,
[userx@login4]$ bsub < sample1.job Verifying job submission parameters... Job <224139> is submitted to default queue <devel>. [userx@login4]$
The first thing LSF does upon submission is to tag your job with a numeric identifier, a job id.
Above, that identifier is 224139. You will need it in order to track or manage (kill or modify)
your jobs. Next, note that the default current working directory for the job is the directory
you submitted the job from. If that's not what you need, you must explicitly indicate that, as we
do above when we cd into a specific directory. On job completion, LSF will place in the submission
directory the file stdout1.224139. It contains a log of job events and other data directed to
standard out. Always inspect this file for useful information.
By default, a job executes under the environment of the submitting process. This you can change by using the -L shell option (see below) and by specifying at the start of the job script the shell that will execute it. For example, if you want the job to execute under the C-shell, the first command after the #BSUB directives should be #!/bin/csh.
Three important job parameters:
#BSUB -n NNN # NNN: total number of cpus to allocate for the job #BSUB -R "span[ptile=XX]" # XX: number of cores/cpus per node to use #BSUB -R "select[node-type]" # node-type: nxt, mem256gb, gpu, phi, mem1t, mem2t ...
We list these together because in many jobs they can be closely related and, therefore, must be consistently set. We recommend their adoption in all jobs, serial, single-node and multi-node. The following examples, with some commentary, illustrate their use.
#BSUB -n 900 # 900: number of cpus to allocate for the job #BSUB -R "span[ptile=20]" # 20: number of cores/cpus per node to use #BSUB -R "select[nxt]" # Allocates NeXtScale nodes
The above specifications will allocate 45 (=900/20) whole nodes. In many parallel jobs the selection of NeXtScale nodes at 20 cores per node is the best choice.
#BSUB -n 900 # 900: total number of cpus to allocate for the job #BSUB -R "span[ptile=16]" # 16: number of cores/cpus per node to use #BSUB -R "select[nxt]" -x # Allocates exclusively whole NeXtScale nodes
The above specifications will allocate 57 (= ceiling(900/16)) nodes. The exclusive (-x) node allocation requested here may be important for multi-node parallel jobs that need it. It will prevent the scheduling of other jobs on such nodes, jobs which might use 4 cores or less. The absence of -x, can find one or more of the 57 nodes hosting more than one job. This can drastically reduce the performance of the 900-core job. The justification for "waisting" 4 cores per node can be a valid one depending on specific program behavior, such as memory or communication traffic. For sure, the decision to go with 16 cores per node or less should be taken after carefull experimentation. Applying the -x option will cost you, in terms of SUs, the same as the use of 20 cores, not 16. So use it sensibly.
#BSUB -n 1 # Allocate a total of 1 cpu/core for the job, appropriate for serial processing. #BSUB -R "span[ptile=1]" # Allocate 1 cpu per node. #BSUB -R "select[gpu]" # Make the allocated node have gpus, of 64GB or 256GB memory. A "select[phi]" # specification would allocate a node with phi coprocessors.
Omitting the last two options in the above will cause LSF to place the job on any conveniently available
core on any node, idle or (partially) busy, of any type, except on those with 1TB or 2TB memory.
It is worth emphasizing that, under the current LSF setup, only the -x option and a ptile value equal to the node's core limit will prevent LSF from scheduling jobs that match the balance of unreserved cores.
Common BSUB Options
-J job name - sets the job name. -L shell - uses the Unix Shell specified to initialize the job's execution environment. We strongly recommend that the setting be /bin/bash. If not specified, the job inherits the environment of the submitting process. -W hh:mm or -mm - sets job's runtime wall-clock limit in hours:minutes or just minutes (-mm). -M men_limit - sets the per process memory limit in mega-bytes (MBs). The job's memory limit then is num_cores * men_limit. -n num_cores - assigns number of job slots/cores. -x - assigns a whole node (same node as above) exclusively for the job. The SUs charged reflect use of all the cores in a node. -o filename - directs the job's standard output to name. The special string, %J, attaches the jobid. -P project_name - charges the consumed service units (SUs) to the project specified. -u e-mail_addr - sends email to the specified address (e.g., email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) with information about main job events.
In the following four job scripts, we illustrate in four different ways the execution of an application program, ABAQUS, to solve the same engineering problem specified
in the s4b.inp input file. The latter can be copied from the "Examples" database of ABAQUS by using the fetch option. Keep in mind, please, that not all problems
specified via ABAQUS are amenable to different types of effective parallelization.
It is very important when running packaged code that the resource parameters (e.g., cpus, memory, gpu) you specify via BSUB directives are in agreement with their
counterparts on the application's command line. It turns out that the engineering problem described in s4b.inp shows remarkable improvement in performance as
we try different modes of execution: serial, GPU, OpenMP, and finally to MPI.
Example 2 (Serial)
#BSUB -J s4b_serial -o s4b_serial.%J -W 400 -L /bin/bash -n 1 -R 'span[ptile=1]' -M 42000 -R 'select[nxt]' ## 1 * 42,000MB = 42 GB mem_limit # mkdir $SCRATCH/abaqus; cd $SCRATCH/abaqus # module load ictce module load ABAQUS # abaqus fetch job=s4b.inp ## # The deafault number of cores/cpus is, as per ABAQUS, equal to 1. Hence, the "cpus=" option is omitted below. # abaqus analysis job=s4b_serial input=s4b.inp memory="32 gb" double scratch=$SCRATCH/abaqus
Example 3 (OpenMP)
#BSUB -J s4b_smp -o s4b_smp.%J -L /bin/bash -W 40 -n 20 -R 'span[ptile=20]' -M 20000 -R 'select[nxt]' ## 20*2000MB = 40,000MB = 40 GB ## OpenMP/Multi-threaded run on 20 cores # mkdir $SCRATCH/abaqus cd $SCRATCH/abaqus # module load ictce module load ABAQUS # abaqus fetch job=s4b.inp ## # The mp_mode=threads setting signifies the deployment of the OpenMP parallelization model. # abaqus analysis job=s4b_smp input=s4b.inp mp_mode=threads cpus=20 memory="32 gb" double scratch=$SCRATCH/abaqus #
Example 3 (MPI)
#BSUB -J s4b_mpi64 -o s4b_mpi64.%J -L /bin/bash -W 200 -n 64 -R 'span[ptile=16]' -M 2500 -x ## ## runs a 64-way mpi job, 16-core per node, across 4 nodes. Total memory limit, 64 * 2500 MB = 160,000MB =160 GB # mkdir $SCRATCH/abaqus cd $SCRATCH/abaqus # module load ictce module load ABAQUS # abaqus fetch job=s4b.inp # abaqus analysis job=s4b_mpi64 input=./s4b.inp mp_mode=mpi cpus=64 memory="150 gb" double scratch=$SCRATCH/abaqus #
Example 4 (GPU)
#BSUB -J s4b_gpu -o s4b_gpu.%J -L /bin/bash -W 40 -n 1 -R 'span[ptile=1]' -M 400000 -R 'select[gpu256gb]' ## 1*40,000MB = 40GB mkdir $SCRATCH/abaqus cd $SCRATCH/abaqus # module load ictce module load ABAQUS # abaqus fetch job=s4b.inp ## abaqus analysis job=s4b_gpu input=s4b.inp gpus=1 memory="32 gb" double scratch=$SCRATCH/abaqus #
When LSF selects and activates a node for the running of your job, by default, it duplicates the environment the job was submitted from. That
environment in the process of your work may have been altered by you (e.g., by loading some modules or setting up new or changing some standard environment variables)
to be different from that that the login created. The next job you submit, however, may require a different execution environment. Hence the
recommendation that, in submitting jobs, specify the creation of a new login shell and within the job explicitly customize the environment as needed.
A new login shell per job is initialized by specifying the #BSUB -L /bin/bash option.
All the nodes enlisted for the execution of a job carry most of the environment variables the login process created: HOME, PWD, PATH, USER, etc. In addition, LSF defines new ones in the environment of an executing job. Below, we show an abbreviated list.
LSB_QUEUE: The name of the queue the job is dispatched from. LSB_JOBNAME: Name of the job. LSB_JOBID: Batch job ID assigned by LSF. LSB_ERRORFILE: Name of the error file specified with a bsub -e. LSB_HOSTS: The list of nodes (their LSF symbolic names) that are used to run the batch job. A node name is repeated as many times as needed to equal the specified ptile value. The memory size of LSB_HOSTS variable is limited to 4096 bytes. LSB_MCPU_HOSTS: The list of nodes (their LSF symbolic names) ) and the specified or default ptile value per node to run the batch job. This can be relied upon to contain the names of all the deployed hosts. LS_SUBCWD: This is the directory the job was submitted from.
Job tracking and control commands
bjobs [-u all or user_name] [[-l] job_id] # displays job information per user(s) or job_id, in summary or detail (-l) form, respectively. bpeek [-f] job_id # displays the current contents of stdout and stderr output of an executing job. bkill job_id # kills, suspends, or resumes unfinished jobs. See man bkill for details. bmod [bsub_options] job_id # Modifies job submission options of a job. See man bmod for details. lsload [node_name] # Lists on std out a node's utilization. Use bjobs -l jobid # to get the names of nodes associated with a jobid. See man lsload for details.
[userx@login4]$ bjobs -u all JOBID STAT USER QUEUE JOB_NAME NEXEC_HOST SLOTS RUN_TIME TIME_LEFT 223537 RUN adinar long NOR_Q 1 20 400404 second(s) 8:46 L 223547 RUN adinar long NOR_Q 1 20 399830 second(s) 8:56 L 223182 RUN tengxj1025 long pro_at16_lowc 10 280 325922 second(s) 5:27 L 229307 RUN natalieg long LES_MORE 3 900 225972 second(s) 25:13 L 229309 RUN tengxj1025 long pro_atat_lowc 7 280 223276 second(s) 33:58 L 229310 RUN tengxj1025 long cg16_lowc 5 280 223228 second(s) 33:59 L . . . . . . . . . [userx@login4]$ bjobs -l 229309 Job <229309>, Job Name <pro_atat_lowc>, User <tengxj1025>, Project <default>, M ail <email@example.com>, Status <RUN>, Queue <long>, J ob Priority <250000>, Command <## job name;#BSUB -J p ro_atat_lowc; ## send stderr and stdout to the same f ile ;#BSUB -o info.%J; ## login shell to avoid copyin g env from login session;## also helps the module fun ction work in batch jobs;#BSUB -L /bin/bash; ## 30 mi nutes of walltime ([HH:]MM);#BSUB -W 96:00; ## numpro cs;#BSUB -n 280; . . . . . . RUNLIMIT 5760.0 min of nxt1449 Tue Nov 4 21:34:43 2014: Started on 280 Hosts/Processors <nxt1449> <nxt1449> < nxt1449> <nxt1449> <nxt1449> <nxt1449> ... . . . Execution CWD </scratch/user/tengxj1025/EXTD/pro_atat/lowc/md>; Fri Nov 7 12:05:55 2014: Resource usage collected. The CPU time used is 67536997 seconds. MEM: 44.4 Gbytes; SWAP: 0 Mbytes; NTHREAD: 862 HOST: nxt1449 MEM: 3.2 Gbytes; SWAP: 0 Mbytes; CPU_TIME: 9004415 s econds . . . . . . . . . [userx@login4]$ bmod -W 46:00 229309 # resets wall-clock time to 46 hrs for job 229309
Node Utilization. It may happen that a job uses its allocated nodes inefficiently. Sometimes this is unavoidable, but many times it is very avoidable. It is unavoidable, for instance, if the amount of memory used per node is a large fraction of the total for that node, and only 1 cpu is used. In that case, cpu utilization will be at best at 5% (1/20) in a regular node. A handy tool, more practical than lsload, for tracking node utilization is the lnu homegrown command.
lnu [-h] [-l] -j jobid # lists on stdout the utilization across all nodes for an executing job. See examples below.
xxxx@login4 ~]$ lnu -l -j 795375 Job User Queue Status Node Cpus 795375 jomber23 medium R 4 80 HOST_NAME status r15s r1m r15m ut pg ls it tmp swp mem Assigned Cores nxt1417 ok 20.0 21.0 21.0 97% 0.0 0 94976 366M 3.7G 41.6G 20 nxt1764 (L) ok 19.7 20.0 20.0 95% 0.0 0 95040 366M 3.7G 41.5G 20 nxt2111 ok 20.0 20.0 20.0 98% 0.0 0 91712 370M 4.2G 41.5G 20 nxt2112 ok 20.0 21.1 21.0 97% 0.0 0 91712 370M 4.2G 41.6G 20 ========================================================================================================= xxxx@login4 ~]$ lnu -l -j 753454 Job User Queue Status Node Cpus 753454 ajochoa long R 1 20 HOST_NAME status r15s r1m r15m ut pg ls it tmp swp mem Assigned Cores nxt1222 (L) ok 4.3 4.5 6.2 20% 0.0 0 54464 422M 4.7G 52.9G 20 =========================================================================================================
The utilization (ut) and memory paging (pg), overall, are probably the most significant. Note that the tmp, swp, and mem refer to available amounts respectively.