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Job Profiling

Slurm offers the option to gather profiling data from every task/node of the job. Analyzing this data allows for a better understanding of your jobs in terms of elapsed time, runtime and I/O behavior, and many more.

The following data can be gathered:

  • Task data, such as CPU frequency, CPU utilization, memory consumption (RSS and VMSize), I/O
  • Energy consumption of the nodes
  • Infiniband data (currently deactivated)
  • Lustre filesystem data (currently deactivated)

The data is sampled at a fixed rate (i.e. every 5 seconds) and is stored in a HDF5 file.

Data hygiene

Please be aware that the profiling data may be quiet large, depending on job size, runtime, and sampling rate. Always remove the local profiles from /lustre/scratch2/profiling/${USER}, either by running sh5util as shown above or by simply removing those files.


The following examples of srun profiling command lines are meant to replace the current srun line within your job file.

Create profiling data

(--acctg-freq is the sampling rate in seconds)

# Energy and task profiling
srun --profile=All --acctg-freq=5,energy=5 -n 32 ./a.out
# Task profiling data only
srun --profile=All --acctg-freq=5 -n 32 ./a.out
Merge the node local files

... in /lustre/scratch2/profiling/${USER} to single file.

# (without -o option output file defaults to job_$JOBID.h5)
sh5util -j <JOBID> -o profile.h5
# in jobscripts or in interactive sessions (via salloc):
sh5util -j ${SLURM_JOBID} -o profile.h5
View data
marie@login$ module load HDFView
marie@login$ profile.h5

HDFView Memory

More information about profiling with Slurm: