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Re: minimal cost with loadbalance

From: Rayson Ho <no email>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 07:54:03 -0400

You can set the Grid Engine "queue_sort_method" parameter to "seq_no" in

And for this to work, we need each instance to have a different "seq_no",
so a small StarCluster plugin will need to be developed -- ie. the plugin
will assign a new seq_no when an instance gets created.


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On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 3:10 AM, David Mrva <>

> Hello,
> I stared using StarCluster with Amazon spot instances. I expect that the
> workload of my application will fluctuate a lot and I aim to minimise
> the cost of running the spot instances. StarCluster's loadbalancer seems
> to go some way in this direction. It adds more spot instances when the
> SGE queue is busy and removes unused nodes. The removal of the nodes
> interacts with SGE's strategy for assigning jobs to queues. SGE chooses
> the node with the lowest load average to assign a job to. If there are
> more nodes in the cluster than are necessary to execute the jobs, this
> strategy will result in spreading the jobs that need to be executed
> across as many nodes as possible. This behaviour reduces the chances of
> some of the nodes staying unused and potentially being removed by the
> load balancer.
> I'd like to configure StarCluster in such a way that SGE jobs go to node
> A for as long as there are slots available on it and they go to node B
> only if there is no vacant slot on node A. For example, on a cluster
> with nodes A and B and 8 slots on each node if there are 4 slots being
> used on node A and 4 more jobs arrive to SGE, I'd like all 4 of these
> new jobs to go node A. Using the "orte" parallel environment with
> "fill_up" allocation strategy does not achieve this. For the above
> example, using the "fill_up" allocation strategy will pick node B
> (lowest load average node) and assign all 4 new jobs to it, resulting in
> nodes A and B running 4 jobs each instead of A running 8 jobs and B none.
> How can I use StarCluster's built-in load balancer to minimise the cost
> of running spot instances by minimising the number unused CPUs in the
> way described above?
> Many thanks,
> David
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