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Batch System Commands Cross-Reference






submit a job bsub msub sbatch flux batch
submit an interactive job bsub -Is [bash|csh]   salloc flux alloc
submit an xterm job bsub -XF xterm mxterm sxterm flux submit xterm
launch parallel tasks mpirun/jsrun/lrun   srun flux run / flux submit
modify a pending job bmod jobid mjobctl -m jobid scontrol update job jobid  
hold a pending job bstop jobid mjobctl -h jobid scontrol hold jobid flux job urgency jobid hold
release a held job bresume jobid mobctl -r jobid scontrol release jobid flux job urgency jobid default
cancel a job bkill jobid canceljob jobid scancel jobid flux job cancel jobid
signal a job bkill -s signal jobid mobctl -N signal=signal jobid scancel -s signal jobid flux job kill -s signal jobid
show detailed job information bquery -l jobid checkjob jobid scontrol show job jobid flux job info jobid
show job queue bquery -u all showq squeue flux jobs
show historical jobs bhist   sacct flux jobs -a
show detailed historical job info bhist -l jobid   sacct -l -j jobid flux job info jobid
show job priorities bquery -aps mdiag -p sprio flux jobs -ao '{id} {priority}'
show node resources bhosts mdiag -n scontrol show node flux resource list
show available queues bqueues mdiag -c sinfo flux resource list
show queue details bqueues -l mdiag -c -v scontrol show partition flux queue list
show charge accounts bugroup mshare sshare  
show configuration settings bparams -a mschedctl -l scontrol show conf  

* For more on running Flux, see the new tutorial.

Batch System Submission Cross-Reference


LSF bsub Option

Moab msub Option*

Slurm sbatch Option**

Flux batch Option

Resource Specs
node count (range) -nnodes number -l nodes=number -N, --nodes=number[-number] -N, --nodes=number
task count (processors on serial clusters) -n number -l ttc=number -n, --ntasks=number -n, --ntasks=number
cores per task specify in lrun / jsrun   -c, --cpus-per-task=number -c, --cores-per-task=number
GPUs per task specify in lrun / jsrun   -g, --gpus-per-task=number -g, --gpus-per-task=number
queue -q queue -q queue -p, --partition=queue -q, --queue queue
specific feature(s) -R res_req -l feature=val -C, --constraint=list  
memory required per node   -l mem=val --mem=MB  
memory required per CPU   -l dmem=val --mem-per-cpu=MB  
max memory per process -M mem_limit   shell limits automatically propagated  
max virtual memory per process -v swap_limit   shell limits automatically propagated  
generic resource(s)   -l gres=list --gres=list  
license(s) -Lp ls_project_name   -L, --licenses=license  
utilize reservation -U res_name -l advres=res_name --reservation=res_name  
request specific compute hosts -m host_list -l hostlist=host_list -w, --nodelist=host_list --requires=host:host_list
exclude specific compute hosts -R 'select[hname!=host_name]'   -x, --exclude=host_list --requires=-host:host_list
utilize hostfile for task distribution -hostfile file_name   -m, --distribution=arbitrary + SLURM_HOSTFILE env variable  
request exclusive node allocation -x   --exclusive --exclusive
Time Specs
wall-clock time limit -W [hh:]mm -l walltime=[[DD:]hh:]mm[:ss] -t, --time=[[DD-]hh:]mm[:ss] / --time-min=[[DD-]hh:]mm[:ss] -t, --time=minutesm
run no sooner than specified time -b [[[YY:]MM:]DD:]hh:mm -a [[[YY]MM]DD]hhmm –-begin=[YYYY-MM-DDT]hh:mm --begin-time=DATETIME
Associated Fields
bank account -G user_group -A account -A, --account=account --setattr=system.bank=bank
user specified name for their job -J job_name -N job_name -J, --job-name=job_name --job-name=job_name
user specified project name / comment field -Jd project_name (i.e., job description) -l var:Project=project_name --comment=string --setattr=user.comment=string
workload characterization key -P wckey -l wckey=wckey --wckey=wckey  
Quality of Service  
exempt qos -q exempt -l qos=exempt --qos=exempt  
expedite qos -q expedite -l qos=expedite --qos=expedite  
standby qos -q standby -l qos=standby --qos=standby  
gives user the power to lower their job’s priority   -p --nice[=value] --urgency=number
input file -i file_name, -is file_name   -i, --input=file_name --input=file_name
output file -o file_name, -oo file_name -o file_name -o, --output=file_name --output=template
error output file -e file_name, -eo file_name -e file_name -e, --error=file_name --error=template
merge error output into file output (default) -j oe (default) (default with --output=)
append or overwrite error/output files default append,
-oo/-eo overwrites
copy files from submission to execution hosts -f local_file remote_file   sbcast command  
label output with task rank     -l, --label -l, --label-io
send mail at job start -B -m b --mail-type=BEGIN  
send mail at job completion -N -m e --mail-type=END  
specify user who receives mail -u user_name   --mail-user=user_name  
suppress mail when default is to send   -m n    
Submit Behavior
submit an interactive job -Is [bash|csh]   salloc [slurm arguments] flux alloc [flux arguments]
submit job in held state -H -H -H, --hold --urgency=0
submit job and wait for completion -K   salloc command --wait, --watch
submit a job array -J job_name[index_list]   -a, --array=indexes flux bulksubmit
invoke “command” instead of submitting batch script bsub command echo “command" | msub --wrap=command --wrap
dependent job -w "ended(jobid)" -l depend=jobid or -l depend=afterok:jobid -d, --dependency=jobid --dependency=afterany:jobid
submit job to existing allocation / instance jsrun -J jobid ...   srun --jobid=jobid ... flux proxy jobid flux run ...
Runtime Behavior
keep job running if a node fails (default) -l resfailpolicy=ignore -k, --no-kill  
do not re-queue job after node failure -rn (default) -l resfailpolicy=cancel --no-requeue  
re-queue job after node failure -r -l resfailpolicy=requeue --requeue  
specify  the working directory -cwd directory   -D, --workdir=directory --setattr=system.cwd=path
export env variables to execution environment -env "none" | "all, [var_name[, var_name] ...] -V --export=environment_variables | ALL | NONE --env=rule, --env-remove=pattern, --env-file=file
propagate limits to execution environment -ul (default)   --propagate[=rlimits]  
signal at remaining time -wa signal -wt rem_time -l signal=signal[@rem_time] --signal=signal[@rem_time]  
Extra Info
help -h --help -h, --help / --usage -h, --help
enable verbose output     -v, --verbose -v, --verbose
display batch system version -V   scontrol show version flux -V

* To expedite the transition to Slurm, use the moab2slurm utility to convert Moab msub job scripts to the Slurm sbatch equivalents. See the moab2slurm man page on any TOSS 3 machine for details.

** On Flux only systems, there is a slurm2flux utility to convert Slurm sbatch job scripts to the flux batch equivalents.

LSF Only

Description Option
invoke application-specific file -a esub|epsub
invoke application profile -app profile
specify data requirements -data reqs
specify user group for data access -datagrp user_group_name
per-process (soft) core file size limit -C core_limit
Limit the total CPU time the job can use -c [hour:]minute[/host_name]
specify a per-process (soft) data segment size limit -D data_limit
specify job pre-execution command -E command
specify job post-execution command -Ep command
specify a per-process (soft) file size limit -F file_limit
submit to job group -g job_group
impose cgroups memory and swap containment -hl
specify a JSDL file -jsdl or -jsdl_strict file_name
specify a login shell -L shell
create job output directory -outdir directory_name
specify a limit to the number of processes -p process_limit
submit a job pack -pack job_submission_file
specify automatic job requeue exit values -Q exit_code(s)
specify a per-process (soft) stack segment size limit -S stack_limit
specify a signal when a queue-level run window closes -s signal
specify a service class (not quite the same as QoS) -sla class_name
specify a thread limit -T thread_limit
specify a termination deadline -t time_limit
enable orphan job termination -ti
enable output/error messages for interactive jobs -tty
provide a runtime estimate to the scheduler -We
submit using SSH X11 forwarding -XF
use spooled file as the command file for the job -Zs

Environment Variables




Input Variables
default project name LSB_DEFAULTPROJECT  
default user group (charge account) LSB_DEFAULT_USERGROUP  
custom fields for job display command LSB_BQUERY_FORMAT SQUEUE_FORMAT
reference link to more info bsub sbatch salloc srun
Output Variables
list of hosts allocated to the job LSB_HOSTS SLURM_JOB_NODELIST
directory from which job was submitted LS_SUBCWD SLURM_SUBMIT_DIR
host from which job was submitted LSB_SUB_HOST SLURM_SUBMIT_HOST
reference link to more info bsub sbatch salloc srun