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Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

Job Queueing and Submission


SambaNova uses Slurm for job submission and queueing. Below are some of the important commands for using Slurm. For more information refer to Slurm Documentation.

Note: Run the Python scripts using 'srun' or 'sbatch', to ensure that concurrent jobs do not interfere with each other.

Note: There is just one scheduler for all of the SambaNova nodes.


The Slurm command srun can be used to run individual Python scripts in parallel with other scripts on a cluster managed by Slurm. Examples of srun usage are shown below.

Slurm will assign a nodelist/host to run a job if a host is not specified.


srun python compile -b=1 --pef-name="lenet" --output-folder="pef"
srun python run --pef="pef/lenet/lenet.pef"

You may specify which node/host on which to run a job.

Reasons to specify a node list:

  • One wants to test a specific node to verify the function of the HW and SW (daily smoke tests do this)
  • The nodes are at different software levels and one wants to use a node that has the needed software level for one's application.


srun --nodelist=sn30-r1-h1 python compile -b=1 --pef-name="lenet" --output-folder="pef"


Alternatively, these jobs can be submitted to the Slurm workload manager through a batch script by using the sbatch command. To do this, create a bash script ( here as an example) with the commands that you want to execute.


python compile -b=1 --pef-name="lenet" --output-folder="pef"
python run --pef="pef/lenet/lenet.pef"

Then pass the bash script as an input to the sbatch command as shown below.

sbatch --output=pef/lenet/output.log

In case of the need to use multiple RDUs (2 in the example shown below), the sbatch command would be altered as:

sbatch --gres=rdu:2 <>


The squeue command provides information about jobs located in the Slurm scheduling queue.



SInfo is used to view partition and node information for a system running Slurm.

Here is a suggested command:

sinfo -O AllocNodes, GresUsed, Gres, NodeList

For more information, see SInfo.


SCancel is used to signal or cancel jobs, job arrays, or job steps.

scancel job_id