Slurm Version 24.05 Configuration Tool

This form can be used to create a Slurm configuration file with you controlling many of the important configuration parameters.

This is the full version of the Slurm configuration tool. This version has all the configuration options to create a Slurm configuration file. There is a simplified version of the Slurm configuration tool available at configurator.easy.html.

This tool supports Slurm version 24.05 only. Configuration files for other versions of Slurm should be built using the tool distributed with it in doc/html/configurator.html. Some parameters will be set to default values, but you can manually edit the resulting slurm.conf as desired for greater flexibility. See man slurm.conf for more details about the configuration parameters.

Note the while Slurm daemons create log files and other files as needed, it treats the lack of parent directories as a fatal error. This prevents the daemons from running if critical file systems are not mounted and will minimize the risk of cold-starting (starting without preserving jobs).

Note that this configuration file must be installed on all nodes in your cluster.

After you have filled in the fields of interest, use the "Submit" button on the bottom of the page to build the slurm.conf file. It will appear on your web browser. Save the file in text format as slurm.conf for use by Slurm.

For more information about Slurm, see

Cluster Name

ClusterName: The name of your cluster. Using different names for each of your clusters is important when using a single database to record information from multiple Slurm-managed clusters.

Control Machines

Define the hostname of the computer on which the Slurm controller and optional backup controller will execute. Hostname values should not be the fully qualified domain name (e.g. use tux rather than

SlurmctldHost: Primary Controller Hostname

BackupController: Backup Controller Hostname (optional)

Compute Machines

Define the machines on which user applications can run. You can also specify addresses of these computers if desired (defaults to their hostnames). Only a few of the possible parameters associated with the nodes will be set by this tool, but many others are available. Executing the command slurmd -C on each compute node will print its physical configuration (sockets, cores, real memory size, etc.), which can be used in constructing the slurm.conf file. All of the nodes will be placed into a single partition (or queue) with global access. Many options are available to group nodes into partitions with a wide variety of configuration parameters. Manually edit the slurm.conf produced to exercise these options. Node names and addresses may be specified using a numeric range specification.

NodeName: Compute nodes

NodeAddr: Compute node addresses (optional)

PartitionName: Name of the one partition to be created

MaxTime: Maximum time limit of jobs in minutes or INFINITE

The following parameters describe a node's configuration. Set a value for CPUs. The other parameters are optional, but provide more control over scheduled resources:

CPUs: Count of processors on each compute node. If CPUs is omitted, it will be inferred from: Sockets, CoresPerSocket, and ThreadsPerCore.

Sockets: Number of physical processor sockets/chips on the node. If Sockets is omitted, it will be inferred from: CPUs, CoresPerSocket, and ThreadsPerCore.

CoresPerSocket: Number of cores in a single physical processor socket. The CoresPerSocket value describes physical cores, not the logical number of processors per socket.

ThreadsPerCore: Number of logical threads in a single physical core.

RealMemory: Amount of real memory. This parameter is required when specifying Memory as a consumable resource with the select/cons_tres plug-in. See below under Resource Selection.

Slurm User

The Slurm controller (slurmctld) can run without elevated privileges, so it is recommended that a user "slurm" be created for it. For testing purposes any user name can be used.


Slurm Port Numbers

The Slurm controller (slurmctld) requires a unique port for communications as do the Slurm compute node daemons (slurmd). If not set, slurm ports are set by checking for an entry in /etc/services and if that fails by using an interval default set at Slurm build time.



State Preservation

Define the location of a directory where the slurmctld daemon saves its state. This should be a fully qualified pathname which can be read and written to by the Slurm user on both the control machine and backup controller (if configured). The location of a directory where slurmd saves state should also be defined. This must be a unique directory on each compute server (local disk). The use of a highly reliable file system (e.g. RAID) is recommended.

StateSaveLocation: Slurmctld state save directory Must be writable by all SlurmctldHost nodes

SlurmdSpoolDir: Slurmd state save directory

Define when a non-responding (DOWN) node is returned to service.
Select one value for ReturnToService:
0: When explicitly restored to service by an administrator.
1:Upon registration with a valid configuration only if it was set DOWN due to being non-responsive.
2:Upon registration with a valid configuration.


Define the mechanism to be used for controlling job ordering.
Select one value for SchedulerType:
Backfill: FIFO with backfill
Builtin: First-In First-Out (FIFO)


Define the node interconnect used.
Select one value for SwitchType:
HPE Slingshot: HPE Slingshot proprietary interconnect
None: No special

Default MPI Type

Specify the type of MPI to be used by default. Slurm will configure environment variables accordingly. Users can over-ride this specification with an srun option.
Select one value for MpiDefault:
MPI-PMI2 (For PMI2-supporting MPI implementations)
MPI-PMIx (Exascale PMI implementation)
None: This works for most other MPI types.

Process Tracking

Define the algorithm used to identify which processes are associated with a given job. This is used signal, kill, and account for the processes associated with a job step.
Select one value for ProctrackType:
Cgroup: Use Linux cgroup to create a job container and track processes. Build a cgroup.conf file as well
LinuxProc: Use parent process ID records, processes can escape from Slurm control
Pgid: Use Unix Process Group ID, processes changing their process group ID can escape from Slurm control

Resource Selection

Define resource (node) selection algorithm to be used.
Select one value for SelectType:
cons_tres: Allocate individual processors, memory, GPUs, and other trackable resources
Linear: Node-base resource allocation, does not manage individual processor allocation

Task Launch

Define a task launch plugin. This may be used to provide resource management within a node (e.g. pinning tasks to specific processors). Select one value for TaskPlugin:
None: No task launch actions
Affinity: CPU affinity support (see srun man pages for the --cpu-bind, --mem-bind, and -E options)
Cgroup: Allocated resources constraints enforcement using Linux Control Groups (see cgroup.conf man page)

Prolog and Epilog

Prolog/Epilog: Path that will be executed as root on every node of a user's job before the job's tasks will be initiated there and after that job has terminated. These parameters are optional.


SrunProlog/Epilog: Fully qualified path to be executed by srun at job step initiation and termination. These parameters may be overridden by srun's --prolog and --epilog options These parameters are optional.


TaskProlog/Epilog: Fully qualified path to be executed as the user before each task begins execution and after each task terminates. These parameters are optional.


Event Logging

Slurmctld and slurmd daemons can each be configured with different levels of logging verbosity from 0 (quiet) to 7 (extremely verbose). Each may also be configured to use debug files. Use fully qualified pathnames for the files.

SlurmctldDebug (default is info)

SlurmctldLogFile (if empty, log goes to syslog)

SlurmdDebug (default is info)

SlurmdLogFile (if empty, log goes to syslog. String "%h" in name gets replaced with hostname)

Job Completion Logging

Define the job completion logging mechanism to be used. Defaults to None. Select one value for JobCompType:
None: No job completion logging
Elasticsearch: Write job completion info to an Elasticsearch server
FileTxt: Write job completion status to a text file
Kafka: Write job completion info to a Kafka server
Lua: Use a script called jobcomp.lua to log job completion
Script: Use an arbitrary script to log job completion
MySQL: Write completion status to a MySQL or MariaDB database

JobCompLoc: This is the location of the text file to be written to (if JobCompType=filetxt), or the script to be run (if JobCompType=script), or the URL to the Elasticsearch server (if JobCompType=elasticsearch), or file containing librdkafka parameters (if JobCompType=jobcomp/kafka), database name (for other values of JobCompType).

Options below are for use with a database to specify where the database is running and how to connect to it
JobCompHost: Host the database is running on for Job completion
JobCompPort: Port the database server is listening on for Job completion
JobCompUser: User we are to use to talk to the database for Job completion
JobCompParams: Pass arbitrary text string to Job completion plugin
JobCompPass: Password we are to use to talk to the database for Job completion

Job Accounting Gather

Slurm accounts for resource use per job. System specifics can be polled determined by system type
Select one value for JobAcctGatherType:
None: No job accounting
cgroup: Specific Linux cgroup information gathered, use with Linux systems only
Linux: Specific Linux process table information gathered, use with Linux systems only
JobAcctGatherFrequency: polling interval in seconds. Zero disables periodic sampling.

Job Accounting Storage

Used with the Job Accounting Gather Slurm can store the accounting information in many different fashions. Fill in your systems choice here
Select one value for AccountingStorageType:
None: No job accounting storage
SlurmDBD: Write job accounting to Slurm DBD (database daemon) which can securely save the data from many Slurm managed clusters into a common database
AccountingStorageLoc: Location specification or database name. This is the location of the text file to be written to (used by Log only). Use a fully qualified pathname. If using a database it is the name of the database you will use or create for the stored data.

Options below are for use with a database to specify where the database is running and how to connect to it
AccountingStorageHost: Host the database is running on for Job Accounting
AccountingStoragePort: Port the database server is listening on for Job Accounting
AccountingStorageUser: User we are to use to talk to the database for Job Accounting
AccountingStoragePass: Password we are to use to talk to the database for Job Accounting. In the case of SlurmDBD, this will be an alternate socket name for use with a Munge daemon providing enterprise-wide authentication (while the default Munge socket would provide cluster-wide authentication only).
AccountingStoreFlags: Comma separated list. Options are:
'job_comment' - store the job comment field in the database;
'job_env' - store a batch job's env in the database;
'job_extra' - store a batch job's extra field in the database;
'job_script' - store the job batch script in the database.

Process ID Logging

Define the location into which we can record the daemon's process ID. This is used for locate the appropriate daemon for signaling. Specify a specify the fully qualified pathname for the file.




Slurm has a variety of timers to control when to consider a node DOWN, when to purge job records, how long to give a job to gracefully terminate, etc.

SlurmctldTimeout: How many seconds the backup controller waits before becoming the active controller

SlurmdTimeout: How many seconds the Slurm controller waits for the slurmd to respond to a request before considering the node DOWN

InactiveLimit: How many seconds the Slurm controller waits for srun commands to respond before considering the job or job step inactive and terminating it. A value of zero indicates unlimited wait

MinJobAge: How many seconds the Slurm controller waits after a job terminates before purging its record. A record of the job will persist in job completion and/or accounting records indefinitely, but will no longer be visible with the squeue command after puring

KillWait: How many seconds a job is given to gracefully terminate after reaching its time limit and being sent SIGTERM before sending a SIGKILLL

WaitTime: How many seconds after a job step's first task terminates before terminating all remaining tasks. A value of zero indicates unlimited wait

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