SLURM Commands

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See also: Sample SLURM Scripts

While there is a lot of documentation available on the SLURM web page, we provide these commands to help users with examples and handy references. Have a favorite SLURM command? Users can edit the wiki pages, please add your examples.

Check Job/Queue Status

A simple tool is scontrol show job jobid

Go to our SLURM Status Commands for more commands that give you helpful information about your ongoing jobs.

Submit a Job

Submit a job script to the SLURM scheduler with

  • sbatch script

Interactive Session

An interactive SLURM session i.e. a shell prompt within a running job can be started with

  • srun <resources> --pty bash -i

For example, a single node 2 CPU core job with 2gb of RAM for 90 minutes can be started with

  • srun --ntasks=1 --cpus-per-task=2 --mem=2gb -t 90 --pty bash -i

Canceling Jobs

scancel jobID

or, for cancelling multiple jobs with names that follow a wildcard pattern

scancel pattern

Using sreport to view group summaries

The basic command is report. The full documentation for sreport is available on the SLURM web page, but we hope these examples are useful as they are and as templates for further customization.

To view a summary of group usage since a given date (May 1st in this example):

sreport cluster AccountUtilizationByUser Start=0501 Accounts=group_name

with a starting date and output formatting plus parsable output to paste into a spreadsheet: sreport -p cluster AccountUtilizationByUser Format=Login%20,Proper%30,Used Start=MMDD Accounts=GROUP

Or for a particular month (the month of May):

sreport cluster AccountUtilizationByUser Start=0501 End=0531 Accounts=group_name

Or for more information

sreport -t Hours cluster AccountUtilizationByUser Start=2022-01-01T00:00:00 End=2022-01-31T23:59:59 Accounts=group_name

Viewing Resources Available to a Group

To check the resources available to a group for running jobs, you can use the sacctmgr command (substitute the group_name with your group)

sacctmgr show qos group_name format="Name%-16,GrpSubmit,MaxWall,GrpTres%-45"

or for the burst allocation:

sacctmgr show qos group_name-b format="Name%-16,GrpSubmit,MaxWall,GrpTres%-45"

Using sinfo to view partition information and node features

sinfo is one command that users can use to learn about the resources managed by SLURM. sinfo provides information on the configuration of partitions and the details of nodes within each partition. Using sinfo, users can view the features attributed to the nodes, and then use those features as constraints when submitting jobs to, for example, request only nodes with Intel processors.

sinfo -s

Provides a summary of the partitions and the nodes within each, including the numbers of nodes that are Allocated, Idle, Offiline, and Total.

sinfo -o %P,%D,%c,%X,%m,%f 


module load ufrc

Shows the partitions, number of nodes, number of cores per node, number of sockets per node, amount of RAM per node, and the features associated with the nodes. These features can be used to request constraints in sbatch. For example:

#SBATCH --partition=hpg2-compute
#SBATCH --constraint='hgp2'

Would constrain a job to run on one of the 32-core AMD nodes from HiPerGator 2.

While constraints can be used to target particular resources, users should realize that using constraints also limits where a job can run and may delay scheduling a job.