Managing Jobs

Listing running and queued jobs

The squeue command will list all jobs scheduled in the cluster. We have also written wrappers for squeue on Oscar that you may find more convenient:

myq                   List only your own jobs.
allq                  List all jobs, but organized by partition, and a summary of the nodes in use in the
allq <partition>      List all jobs in a single partition.
myjobinfo            Get the time and memory used for your jobs.

Viewing estimated time until completion for pending jobs

squeue -u <your-username> -t PENDING --start

This command will list all of your pending jobs and the estimated time until completion.

Canceling jobs

scancel <jobid>

View details about completed jobs

The sacct command will list all of your running, queued and completed jobs since midnight of the previous day. To pick an earlier start date, specify it with the -S option:

sacct -S 2012-01-01

To find out more information about a specific job, such as its exit status or the amount of runtime or memory it used, specify the -l ("long" format) and -j options with the job ID:

sacct -lj <jobid>

The myjobinfo command uses the sacct command to display "Elapsed Time", "Requested Memory" and "Maximum Memory used on any one Node" for your jobs. This can be used to optimize the requested time and memory to have the job started as early as possible. Make sure you request a conservative amount based on how much was used.


Info about jobs for user 'mdave' submitted since 2017-05-19T00:00:00
Use option '-S' for a different date or option '-j' for a specific Job ID.

JobID    JobName                  Submit      State        Elapsed     ReqMem     MaxRSS
1861     ior 2017-05-19T08:31:01  COMPLETED   00:00:09     2800Mc      1744K
1862     ior 2017-05-19T08:31:11  COMPLETED   00:00:54     2800Mc     22908K
1911     ior 2017-05-19T15:02:01  COMPLETED   00:00:06     2800Mc      1748K
1912     ior 2017-05-19T15:02:07  COMPLETED   00:00:21     2800Mc      1744K

ReqMem shows the requested memory: A c at the end of number represents Memory Per CPU, a n represents Memory Per Node. MaxRSS is the maximum memory used on any one node. Note that memory specified to sbatch using --mem is Per Node.

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