11.1 Job Holds

11.1.1 Holds and Deferred Jobs

Moab supports job holds applied by users (user holds), administrators (system holds), and resource managers (batch holds). There is also a temporary hold known as a job defer.

11.1.2 User Holds

User holds are very straightforward. Many, if not most, resource managers provide interfaces by which users can place a hold on their own job that tells the scheduler not to run the job while the hold is in place. Users may use this capability because the job's data is not yet ready, or they want to be present when the job runs to monitor results. Such user holds are created by, and under the control of a non-privileged user and may be removed at any time by that user. As would be expected, users can only place holds on their jobs. Jobs with a user hold in place will have a Moab state of Hold or UserHold depending on the resource manager being used.

11.1.3 System Holds

The system hold is put in place by a system administrator either manually or by way of an automated tool. As with all holds, the job is not allowed to run so long as this hold is in place. A batch administrator can place and release system holds on any job regardless of job ownership. However, unlike a user hold, normal users cannot release a system hold even on their own jobs. System holds are often used during system maintenance and to prevent particular jobs from running in accordance with current system needs. Jobs with a system hold in place will have a Moab state of Hold or SystemHold depending on the resource manager being used.

11.1.4 Batch Holds

Batch holds are placed on a job by the scheduler itself when it determines that a job cannot run. The reasons for this vary but can be displayed by issuing the checkjob<JOBID> command. Possible reasons are included in the following list:

Jobs which are placed in a batch hold will show up within Moab in the state BatchHold.

11.1.5 Job Defer

In most cases, a job violating these policies is not placed into a batch hold immediately; rather, it is deferred. The parameter DEFERTIME indicates how long it is deferred. At this time, it is allowed back into the idle queue and again considered for scheduling. If it again is unable to run at that time or at any time in the future, it is again deferred for the timeframe specified by DEFERTIME. A job is released and deferred up to DEFERCOUNT times at which point the scheduler places a batch hold on the job and waits for a system administrator to determine the correct course of action. Deferred jobs have a Moab state of Deferred. As with jobs in the BatchHold state, the reason the job was deferred can be determined by use of the checkjob command.

At any time, a job can be released from any hold or deferred state using the releasehold command. The Moab logs should provide detailed information about the cause of any batch hold or job deferral.

NoteUnder Moab, the reason a job is deferred or placed in a batch hold is stored in memory but is not checkpointed. Thus this information is available only until Moab is recycled at which point the checkjob command no longer displays this reason information.

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