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Status Future consideration
Workspace Spectrum LSF
Components Administration
Created by Guest
Created on May 6, 2020

Free up a job slot if lsfadmin suspends a job

We wold like to have the ability to free up a job slot when a lsfadmin suspends a job due to some valid reasons. In our case, we are trying to run a script to check if the user has reached the quota on their current run directory, and if they are at or above 90%, suspend all jobs for that user running in that directory. With the bstop command, the job gets suspended, but keeps occupying a job slot. This ends up wasting slots and does not allow pending jobs to start.

  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2020

    For our organisation needs, it is valuable to have a solution where admin can suspend jobs and have other users use the available cores that the suspended jobs freed up. At the moment the only way to suspend jobs in the above sense is to kill them. Disrupting production workload for a higher priority task is not usual as such, but it is important to have an exception like that where we can pause existing workload (or part of it) and allow other jobs to usurp such slots. Agreed it is very complex to get such suspended jobs to request and receive allocation of same resources as before the pause.

  • Guest
    Aug 14, 2020

    This is not currently in plan, but will be considered in the next major release.