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Interactive Jobs

Interactive jobs are run on compute nodes, while giving you a shell to interact with. They give you the ability to type commands or use a graphical interface in the same way as if you were on a front-end login host.

To submit an interactive job, use sinteractive to run a login shell on allocated resources.

sinteractive accepts most of the same resource requests as sbatch, so to request a login shell on the standby account while allocating 2 nodes and 128 total cores, you might do:

sinteractive -A standby -N2 -n256

To quit your interactive job:

exit or Ctrl-D

The above example will allocate the total of 256 CPU cores across 2 nodes. Note that if your multi-node job requests fewer than each node's full 128 cores per node, by default Slurm provides no guarantee with respect to how this total is distributed between assigned nodes (i.e. the cores may not necessarily be split evenly). If you need specific arrangements of your tasks and cores, you can use --cpus-per-task= and/or --ntasks-per-node= flags. See Slurm documentation or man salloc for more options.


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