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Workspace Spectrum LSF
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 10, 2022

bsub should accept a cpu_efficiency parameter to allow cpu over-commiting in the pool

It's rare for a job to achieve close to 100% cpu efficiency. Often, jobs have a peak cpu requirement during its execution lifetime but use less cpus in average. If bsub could be told that a job is expected to run with a given cpu efficiency, LSF could allocate multiple jobs with sufficiently-low cpu efficiency on the same execution host even if the total number of cpus requested by all jobs exceed that in the host. This is what I'm calling cpu over-committing. The idea here is that it is unlikely that all jobs will peak at the same time. CPU over-committing will enhance the entire pool efficiency. This feature could be enabled/disabled either globally or perhaps down to the queue level. One or more parameters may be required to tell LSF how to allocate these jobs. Perhaps a maximum execution cpu over-commit percentage (should be greater than 100% to have any cpu over-commit), or a maximum cpu_efficiency for a job to be considered for cpu over-commit.
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  • Admin
    Bill McMillan
    Sep 29, 2022

    The degree of over commitment is really application dependent, and not something that could generically be applied to a host.


    Probably the simplest approach would be to scale the requested resources by efficiency factors


    bsub -a "eff(mem=0.75, cpu=0.5)" -n 20 -R "rusage[mem=10000]" a.out


    and the eff.esub modifies it to -n 10 -R "rusage[mem=7500]"


  • Guest
    Aug 22, 2022

    I agree with the above and think it should also handle memory_efficiency to allow for memory over-committing.