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Re: [HTCondor-users] Machine allocation - unused machines

> when I submit a batch of jobs, condor will use one machine to full capacity,

This is a normal consequence of the way negotiation works when the execute nodes are configured
 to use PartitionableSlots. 

You can change this behavior, at the cost of slowing down the initial job startup by telling the
schedd that it should only start one job per Partitionable slot per negotiation cycle.  You do this by


In the schedd.  This knob defaults to true.


-----Original Message-----
From: HTCondor-users <htcondor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Peter Ellevseth
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:47 AM
To: HTCondor-Users Mail List <htcondor-users@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [HTCondor-users] Machine allocation - unused machines


Thank you for the quick response.

I was unaware of this macro. As far as I could see, there was no mention of that macro in any of my config-files. I am running version 8.6.

I tried setting that macro to false on my negotiator, so we'll see what happens.


-----Original Message-----
From: Carsten Aulbert <carsten.aulbert@xxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: onsdag 13. januar 2021 12.36
To: HTCondor-Users Mail List <htcondor-users@xxxxxxxxxxx>; Peter Ellevseth <Peter.Ellevseth@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [HTCondor-users] Machine allocation - unused machines

Hi Peter,

On 13.01.21 12:29, Peter Ellevseth wrote:
> I have a question, perhaps mis-informed, but nonetheless. We run a small 
> cluster (approx. 70 cores) for doing CFD and other small jobs. I see 
> that when I submit a batch of jobs, condor will use one machine to full 
> capacity, leaving the other machines in the cluster alone. Wouldn't it 
> be beneficial to spread the jobs out, with regard to use of memory etc? 
> Is there perhaps some configuration I can set to enable this?

I think this should be the domain of NEGOTIATOR_DEPTH_FIRST[1] also 
briefly discussed in the wiki[2].

However, I wonder why the non-default depth first seems to be in effect 
at your pool.





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