Available Partitions

Partitions are used on Swan to distinguish different resources. You can view the partitions with the command sinfo.


Full list for Swan

Priority for short jobs

To run short jobs for testing and development work, a job can specify a different quality of service (QoS). The short QoS increases a jobs priority so it will run as soon as possible.

SLURM Specification
#SBATCH --qos=short
Limits per user for ‘short’ QoS
  • 6 hour job run time
  • 2 jobs of 16 CPUs or fewer
  • No more than 256 CPUs in use for short jobs from all users

Limitations of Jobs

Overall limitations of maximum job wall time. CPUs, etc. are set for all jobs with the default setting (when thea “–qos=” section is omitted) and “short” jobs (described as above) on Swan. The limitations are shown in the following form.

SLURM Specification Max Job Run Time Max CPUs per User Max Jobs per User
Default Leave blank 7 days 2000 1000
Short #SBATCH –qos=short 6 hours 16 2

Please also note that the memory and local hard drive limits are subject to the physical limitations of the nodes, described in the resources capabilities section of the HCC Documentation and the partition sections above.

Owned/Priority Access Partitions

Partitions marked as owned by a group means only specific groups are allowed to submit jobs to that partition.  Groups are manually added to the list allowed to submit jobs to the partition.  If you are unable to submit jobs to a partition, and you feel that you should be, please contact hcc-support@unl.edu.

To submit jobs to an owned partition, use the SLURM --partition option. Jobs can either be submitted only to an owned partition, or to both the owned partition and the general access queue. For example, assuming a partition named mypartition:

Submit only to an owned partition
#SBATCH --partition=mypartition

Submitting solely to an owned partition means jobs will start immediately until the resources on the partition are full, then queue until prior jobs finish and resources become available.

Submit to both an owned partition and general queue
#SBATCH --partition=mypartition,batch

Submitting to both an owned partition and batch means jobs will run on both the owned partition and the general batch queue. Jobs will start immediately until the resources on the partition are full, then queue. Pending jobs will then start either on the owned partition or in the general queue, wherever resources become available first (taking into account FairShare). Unless there are specific reasons to limit jobs to owned resources, this method is recommended to maximize job throughput.

Guest Partition(s)

The guest partition can be used by users and groups that do not own dedicated resources on Swan.  Jobs running in the guest partition will run on the owned resources with Intel OPA interconnect.  The jobs are preempted when the resources are needed by the resource owners: guest jobs will be killed and returned to the queue in a pending state until they can be started on another node. HCC recommends verifying job behavior will support the restart and modifying job scripts if necessary.

To submit your job to the guest partition add the line

Submit to guest partition
#SBATCH --partition=guest

to your submit script.

Owned GPU resources may also be accessed in an opportunistic manner by submitting to the guest_gpu partition. Similar to guest, jobs are preempted when the GPU resources are needed by the owners. To submit your job to the guest_gpu partition, add the lines

Submit to guest_gpu partition
#SBATCH --partition=guest_gpu
#SBATCH --gres=gpu

to your SLURM script.

Preventing job restart

By default, jobs on the guest partition will be restarted elsewhere when they are preempted. To prevent preempted jobs from being restarted add the line

Prevent job restart on guest partition
#SBATCH --no-requeue

to your SLURM submit file.