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Re: [HTCondor-users] TasksMax in default unit file sometimes too low

Hi Bert,

Probably will have to be a lot more aggressive than this: since the schedd uses process separation (one shadow per running job), we'll need to greatly increase this for very large schedds.

Thanks for the report,


> On Dec 20, 2016, at 2:31 AM, Bert DeKnuydt <Bert.Deknuydt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear Condor breeders,
> I've seen a problem whereby HTCondor runs out of processes on a fat machine.
> Problem is, that the default unit file 'condor.service' for Systemd does not
> specify a value for TasksMax, and the default value is (at least on Fedora)
> 512.  TasksMax is the maximum number of processes a daemon can start under
> Systemd; useful to prevent fork-bombs.
> So if you have a fat machine with say 64 CPUs and dynamic slots, you can in the
> worst case only have 512/64 or 8 processes per 1-CPU slot.  That's really not
> enough.
> So I think that 'TasksMax' should, for HTCondor, be a function of the number
> of CPUs configured. I've set it at 32 * nrcpus and everyone is happy
> here.
> Midwinter greetings, Bert.
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