SLURM Reservations

Getting a Reservation

Reservations for slurm nodes/resources can be requested by submitting a ticket by email to We can give out reservations for a specific amount of computing resources (Cores, Mem, GPU count, etc.) or by reserving an entire compute node or node group (ex. “cortado01” or “cortado[01-05]”).

In your request for a reservation, please be specific about:

  1. What servers are needed (ex. “cortado01-05”)
  2. The start and end time of the reservation (ex. today to Dec 31st)
  3. Who can use the reservation (a list of user IDs)

Note: the node must be free of any running jobs before a reservation can be created. So if you are requesting a reservation on a node upon which you are running a job, we can't create the reservation until the job completes on the node. So it is best to cancel ('scancel') the job before requesting a reservation.

Using reservations when submitting jobs

If you have been granted a reservation you will receive a reservation tag, a short string that is required to submit jobs. This string must be included in any srun or sbatch submissions via the flag --reservation=....

If our tag is “abc1de_4” then you would submit jobs using the flag --reservation=abc1de_4

This can be done at the command line:

[abc1de@portal03 ~]$ sbatch --reservation=abc1de_4
[abc1de@portal03 ~]$ srun --reservation=abc1de_4

Or you can include the flag in the header of your sbatch file:

[abc1de@portal03 ~]$ cat
#SBATCH --job-name="Reservation Example" 
#SBATCH --error="stderr.txt"
#SBATCH --output="stdout.txt"
#SBATCH --reservation=abc1de_4               <- Include reservation tag
[abc1de@portal03 ~]$ sbatch

Listing Reservations

You can see a listing of all active reservations by using the scontrol command:

[abc1de@portal03 ~]$ scontrol show res
ReservationName=abc1de_4 StartTime=2019-06-25T00:00:00 EndTime=2019-07-02T16:00:00 
   Nodes=slurm1 NodeCnt=1 CoreCnt=12 Features=(null) PartitionName=(null) Flags=SPEC_NODES
   Users=abc1de Accounts=(null) Licenses=(null) State=ACTIVE BurstBuffer=(null) Watts=n/a
  • compute_slurm_reservations.txt
  • Last modified: 2021/03/31 17:32
  • by pgh5a