GPU Scheduling

Compiling GPU applications

The CUDA Toolkit is installed on the development nodes. Several versions of CUDA are available via software modules. To see the currently available versions, run the command:

module avail cuda

Submitting GPU jobs

GPU jobs run in a dedicated queue which must be requested in the job submission. Each slot in this queue represents a GPU that the job will use. Therefore, users must ensure that every job’s GPU use matches its submission request. For a job using a single GPU, the submission should look like:

qsub -q gpu.q ...

Jobs requiring more than one GPU must be submitted like this:

qsub -q gpu.q -pe smp N ...

where N is the number of GPUs the job will use.

If your application requires MPI, you should still use the proper parallel environment regardless of how many GPUs you’ll be using:

qsub -q gpu.q -pe mpi_onehost N ...
mpirun -np M --oversubscribe ...

where N is the number of GPUs your job will use and M is the number of MPI processes your job will launch. M does not have to equal N (see below).

GPU relevant resource requests

The GPU nodes in Wynton HPC contain many different generations and models of NVIDIA GPUs. In order to ensure that your GPU jobs run on GPUs with the proper capabilities, there are two SGE resource complexes assigned to each GPU node:

  1. compute_cap - describes the Compute Capability (or SM version) of the GPUs in the node (see NVIDIA’s CUDA GPU page for more details). compute_cap is an integer in keeping with the relevant flags to nvcc. For example, a Compute Capability of 6.1 (e.g. GeForce GTX 1080) is represented by compute_cap=61.

  2. gpu_mem - describes how much GPU memory the GPUs in the node have. It’s defined in units of MiB.

Specifying either of these resources is not required. If you do specify one, your job will be scheduled on a GPU node with resources >= those that you requested. As an example, if you wanted to only run on at least GeForce GTX 1080 generation nodes with more than 10 GB of GPU memory, you would specify:

-l compute_cap=61,gpu_mem=10000M

Running GPU applications

Several CUDA runtimes are installed on the GPU nodes. They can be loaded via modules just as above on the development nodes, e.g. module load cuda and module load cuda/7.5.

GPU selection

When your job is assigned to a node, it will also be assigned specific GPUs on that node. The GPU assignment will be contained in the environment variable SGE_GPU as a comma-delimited set of one or more non-negative integers where then number of integers corresponds to the number of GPU cores requested. For example, a 3-core GPU job (-q gpu.q -pe smp 3) may get assigned GPU cores SGE_GPU=2,0,6 whereas a 1-core GPU job (-q gpu.q) may get assigned GPU core SGE_GPU=5. Be sure to send this GPU-core assignment to your application using the proper format for your application.

For example, if your application uses CUDA, you should limit which GPUs are used with:


CPU core usage

Since we are using gpu.q slots to represent GPUs rather than the usual CPU cores, there is no way to ensure that a GPU node’s CPU cores don’t get oversubscribed. For this reason, please limit your CPU core usage to 4 CPU cores per GPU requested. This will prevent CPU core overloading on all the GPU node types.

GPU use monitoring

While it is not possible to log directly into the GPU nodes to monitor their usage, several statistics are available from the login hosts. For example:

[alice@dev3 ~]$ qconf -se msg-iogpu3
hostname              msg-iogpu3
load_scaling          NONE
complex_values        mem_free=128000M
load_values           arch=lx-amd64,num_proc=32,mem_total=128739.226562M, \
                      swap_total=4095.996094M,virtual_total=132835.222656M, \
                      m_socket=2,m_core=16,m_thread=32,load_avg=5.020000, \
                      load_short=4.640000,load_medium=5.020000, \
                      load_long=5.110000,mem_free=124798.726562M, \
                      swap_free=4095.996094M,virtual_free=128894.722656M, \
                      mem_used=3940.500000M,swap_used=0.000000M, \
                      virtual_used=3940.500000M,cpu=17.700000, \
                      np_load_avg=0.156875,np_load_short=0.145000, \
                      np_load_medium=0.156875,np_load_long=0.159688, \
                      gpu.ncuda=2,gpu.ndev=2,gpu.cuda.0.mem_free=758054912, \
                      gpu.cuda.0.procs=1,gpu.cuda.0.clock=2025, \
                      gpu.cuda.0.util=57,gpu.cuda.1.mem_free=758054912, \
                      gpu.cuda.1.procs=1,gpu.cuda.1.clock=2025, \
                      gpu.cuda.1.util=54,gpu.names=GeForce GTX 1080;GeForce \
                      GTX 1080;
processors            32
user_lists            NONE
xuser_lists           NONE
projects              NONE
xprojects             NONE
usage_scaling         NONE
report_variables      NONE

The above shows that host msg-iogpu3 has 2 GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs. Each GPU is running one process, each is just over 50% utilized, and each has approximately 722 MiB (758,054,912 bytes) of free memory.