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This is a design proposal to configure PBS in a way that it releases only limited number of resources (as specified by the admin) when a job is suspended.

PBS in its current form releases all the consumable resources requested by the job when it is suspended. But, in reality when system is out of swap space, a suspended job's process holds on to the memory it would have consumed and just releases ncpus (because kernel stops the process), in some cases admin might have configured an alternate suspend signal which would make the job release a few resources (like licenses) upon suspension. Therefore, it would be better if PBS has a way for admins to specify what all resources can be released from a job upon suspension.

Link to forum discussion.

Interface 1: New server attribute to specify which resources can be released.

  • Visibility: Public
  • Change Control: Stable
  • Details:
    • A new server attribute “restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend” is a comma separated list of resource names. The resources that get released on suspension will be restricted to the resources listed in "restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend".
    • This server attribute is of type “array_string” and can only be set by a manager.
    • If a manager is trying to set the attribute with a resource which is non existent then following error will be thrown on the console by qmgr command - 

# qmgr -c "s s restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend = ‘ncpus, abcd'"

   qmgr obj=abcd svr=default: Unknown resource

   qmgr: Error (15035) returned from server

    • If unset, after suspending the job PBS will release all the consumable resources requested by the job.
    • By default this attribute is unset.
    • PBS manager can also add/remove resources to/from "restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend" attribute by using "+="/"-=" operators.
    • The resources specified in this new server attribute will be released (provided job has requested for them) every time a job is suspended (by preemption or qsig).


Interface 2: New Job attribute “resources_released”

  • Visibility: Public
  • Change Control: Stable
  • Details:

A new job attribute “resources_released” is added.

This attribute is of type string and can only be read by user/operator/manager. This attribute is internally set by server when a job is suspended.

It stores a string that depicts the amount of resources that are released on each node that the job was running on (provided these resources are also part of “restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend” string). The format of the string is similar to that of exec_vnode

example: qstat -f 1 | grep resources_released 

                        resources_released = (host1:ncpus=2)+(host2:ncpus=4:license=2)

This job attribute is populated at the time of job suspension only if “restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend” server attribute is set and has a list of legitimate resources to be released.

This attribute is set by server whenever it suspends a job. 

Interface 3: New Job attribute “resource_released_list”

  • Visibility: Private
  • Change Control: Stable
  • Details:

A new job attribute “resource_released_list” is added.

This attribute is of type “resource_list” and can only be read by user/operator/manager. This attribute is internally set by server when a job is suspended.

It stores the cumulative value of all the consumable resources requested by the job (provided these resources are also part of “restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend” string).

using example in interface 2: qstat -f 1 | grep resource_released_list

         resources_released_list.license = 2

         resources_released_list.ncpus = 6

This job attribute is populated only if “restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend” server attribute is set and has a list of legitimate resources to be released.

This job attribute is used to release consumable resources on queue/server objects.


Interface 4: New server log message

  • Visibility: Public
  • Change Control: Experimental
  • Details:
    • If server is unable to populate “resources_released” job attribute while suspending a job then it will log following log message at LOG_INFO log level and of type PBSEVENT_JOB.

Unable to create resource released list


Interface 5: New error message while deleting a custom resource

  • Visibility: Public
  • Change Control: Stable
  • Details:
    • If an admin tries to delete a custom resource that is part of the restrict_res_to_release_on_suspend server attribute then qmgr command will fail with “resource busy” error code.

example: # qmgr -c “d r res1”

   qmgr obj=res1 svr=default: Resource busy on server

   qmgr: Error (15174) returned from server



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