How to run interactive jobs

If you want to use a GUI or have a short program you want to test or debug, we suggest using the "qlogin" command. This will automatically grab a compute node with 1 core and an interactive shell. The example below details how to use qlogin to grab a compute node and run the Abaqus in a GUI window

First load the "sge" module:
[abc123@login-0-0 ~]$ module load sge

Now type "qlogin" to get an interactive shell:

[abc123@login-0-0 ~]$ qlogin
local configuration not defined - using global configuration
Your job 6644 ("QLOGIN") has been submitted
waiting for interactive job to be scheduled ...
Your interactive job 6644 has been successfully scheduled
Establishing /cm/shared/apps/sge/var/cm/qlogin_wrapper session to host ...
[abc123@compute004 ~]$

Now you can load the module and run your application.

* NOTE * - When using qlogin with parallel applications you will need to specify how many cores you will use. The batch scheduler, Grid Engine, by default interprets this as only 1 core and assigns a node accordingly. The problem with this is our compute nodes offer 32 cores. So, if you are running a 32 core job and Grid Engine thinks its only using 1 core, Grid Engine could potentially place you on a node that is already running active jobs (or vice versa). To fix this you'll need to tell qlogin how many cores you expect to use.
[abc123@login-0-0 ~]$ qlogin -pe openmpi 32

Change "32" to the number of cores you expect to use during your interactive session.

-- AdminUser - 08 Nov 2016
Topic revision: r2 - 05 Jan 2017, AdminUser
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