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Hello, I Am New To Clearml, I Would Like To Learn More About How Clearml Works On A Hpc Cluster Where The Only Way To Get Computational Resources Is Via Slurm:

Hello, I am new to ClearML, I would like to learn more about how ClearML works on a HPC cluster where the only way to get computational resources is via SLURM:
anyone have some experience? Is the feature supported by ClearML or on the roadmap? I read https://clear.ml/docs/latest/docs/clearml_agent and from my understanding agent do the job of SLURM, does that mean if SLURM is mandatory, I can not use full feature of agent? Any guide of how to integrate both of them?

  
  
Posted 2 years ago
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That should work πŸ™‚
BTW, you might play around with "clearml-agent execute --id <task_id_here>"
This will basically clone the code, create a venv with the python packages, apply uncommitted changes and will run the actual code. This could be a replacement for your bash. (notice it means that you need to clone the Task in the UI, then you can Change parameters, then the run the agent manually in SLURM and it will take the params from the UI.)

  
  
Posted 2 years ago

I see, in that way I do not use clearml’s queue, instead ask clearml to run the code immediately the slurm job begin. Correct?

  
  
Posted 2 years ago

Correct πŸ™‚

  
  
Posted 2 years ago

Yes, for now I have a bash script like make a snapshot of the source code and all the config file at the time of I submit a slurm job, and when sometime later the job run, use that snapshot. and I hope clearml can do it for me.

  
  
Posted 2 years ago

I see. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  
  
Posted 2 years ago

Hi UnsightlyLion90

from my understanding agent do the job of SLURM,

That is kind of correct (they overlap in some ways πŸ™‚ )

Any guide of how to integrate both of them?

The easiest way is to just add the "Task.init()" call to your code, and use SLURM to schedule the job. this will make sure all jobs are fully logged (this can also includes automatically uploading the models, and artifact support etc)
Full SLURM support (i.e. similar to the k8s glue support), is currently out of scope, but I'm pretty sure the enterprise version includes support for it.
wdyt?

  
  
Posted 2 years ago

I think so, when you are saying "clearml (bash script..." you basically mean, "put my code + packages + and run it" , correct ?

  
  
Posted 2 years ago

Hi Martin, Thank you for your reply! so although I have not dig into the docs, I can imagine three ways to run the jobs:
slurm (get accress to compute node) -> clearml (bash script, for make a copy of source code and build virtual environment) -> python script. clearml (bash script) -> slurm -> python scripts slurm -> python script with clearml APIMay I say you suggested the third way? If so, would I get the benefit of clearml to take care of my project (log the git commit and copy of source code)

  
  
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