Monitoring jobs

How to check whether your job is running

To check the job status of all your jobs, you can use squeue, i.e. by executing:

squeue -u MyUsername

You can also get a quick view of the status of a job

squeue -j JobId

where JobId is the job id number that sbatch returns. To see more details about a job, use

scontrol show job JobId

Both commands will show the job state (ST), and can show a job reason for why a job is pending. Job States describes a few of the more common ones.

While a job is running, it is possible to view some of its usage statistics with the sstat command, and after it has finished, sacct will give you similar information:

sstat -j JobId
sacct -j JobId

Both sstat and sacct have an option --format to select which fields to show. See the documentation of the commands for the available fields and what they mean.

When a job has finished, the output file slurm-JobId.out will contain some usage statistics from sstat and sacct.

Cancelling jobs and putting jobs on hold

You can cancel running or pending (waiting) jobs with scancel. For instance:

scancel JobId                # Cancel job with id JobId (as returned from sbatch)
scancel --user=MyUsername    # Cancel all your jobs
scancel --account=MyProject  # Cancel all jobs in MyProject

The command scontrol can be used to further control pending or running jobs:

  • scontrol requeue JobId: Requeue a running job. The job will be stopped, and its state changed to pending.

  • scontrol hold JobId: Hold a pending job. This prevents the queue system from starting the job. The job reason will be set to JobHeldUser.

  • scontrol release JobId: Release a held job. This allows the queue system to start the job.

It is also possible to submit a job and put it on hold immediately with sbatch --hold JobScript.