Process Accounting on a Linux Cluster

Gary Stiehr gary at
Fri Oct 27 11:25:38 PDT 2000

	Do you allocate certain nodes to certain jobs or do you just let your
users start jobs at any time on any node?

Thank you,
Gary Stiehr
gary at

Dan Yocum wrote:
> Gary Stiehr wrote:
> > 1.) Has anyone had experience with process accounting on a Linux
> > cluster?  We are interested in knowing who is using what resources
> > (simply for our information).  I found a package psacct that is(was?)
> > maintained by the FSF. (I looked at but didn't see much
> > information about it.)  Anyway, I can use this program on each
> > individual node and then collect all of the statistics individually, but
> > I was just wondering if anyone had come up with a different way (or if
> > you know of any other Linux process accounting packages).
> At Fermilab they use psacct with a frontend called facct (Fermi
> accounting; cute, eh?  ;), since psacct just provides the data, but
> doesn't really present it in a meaningful format.
> In any case, facct is open source and available here as an RPM package:
> The source RPM is up one dir and under SRPMS/facct-2.0-2.src.rpm.
> I have not used this package, so you should direct any and all questions
> to Terry Jones: jonest at  Tell 'im I sent ya - you'll get a good
> snide remark out of that.  ;-)
> > 3.) Does anyone limit the amount of resources that each user can use?
> > Or assign certain nodes to certain users?  If so, which types of
> > programs do you use.
> Generally, this is written into the job submission software - LSF has
> this capability, and I'm sure other packages do, too.
> Cheers,
> Dan
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