Slurm Alloc

Before we submit jobs to the scheduler, we are going to run them interactively.


First we allocate three nodes from the head node.

salloc -N1 --exclusive

Once the nodes are ready we are going to have a bash with the environment set up. To carry over the environment variables, which SLURM provides, we use a small script.

cat > << \EOF
# Usage: salloc <options> slurm-ssh
first=$(scontrol show hostname $SLURM_NODELIST | head -n1)
env=$(printenv | grep SLURM | sed -rn "s/=(.*)/='\1'/p" | paste -d' ' -s)
exec ssh $first -t "$env zsh"
chmod +x


To run gromacs we are going to load the spack modules intelmpi and gromacs.

module load intelmpi $(module avail gromacs 2>&1 |tail -n1)
time mpirun -ppn 6 gmx_mpi mdrun -ntomp 6 -s /fsx/input/gromacs/benchRIB.tpr 

That should take around 15min on c5n.18xl.

$ time mpirun -ppn 6 gmx_mpi mdrun -ntomp 6 -s /fsx/input/gromacs/benchRIB.tpr 
               Core t (s)   Wall t (s)        (%)
       Time:    29931.822      831.441     3600.0
                 (ns/day)    (hour/ns)
Performance:        4.157        5.773
mpirun -ppn 6 gmx_mpi mdrun -ntomp 6 -s /fsx/input/gromacs/benchRIB.tpr  0.02s user 0.01s system 0% cpu 14:37.98 total