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Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


sbcast - transmit a file to the nodes allocated to a SLURM job.


sbcast [-CfpstvV] SOURCE DEST


sbcast is used to transmit a file to all nodes allocated to the currenly active SLURM job. This command should only be executed from within a SLURM batch job or within the shell spawned after a SLURM job's resource allocation. SOURCE is the name of a file on the current node. DEST should be the fully qualified pathname for the file copy to be created on each node. DEST should be on a file system local to that node. Note that parallel file systems may provide better performance than sbcast can provide, although performance will vary by file size, degree of parallelism, and network type.


-C, --compress
Compress the file being transmitted.
-f, --force
If the destination file already exists, replace it.
-F number, --fanout=number
Specify the fanout of messages used for file transfer. Maximum value is currently eight.
-p, --preserve
Preserves modification times, access times, and modes from the original file.
-s size, --size=size
Specify the block size used for file broadcast. The size can have a suffix of k or m for kilobytes or megabytes respecitively (defaults to bytes). This size subject to rounding and range limits to maintain good performance. This value may need to be set on systems with very limited memory.
-t seconds, fB--timeout=seconds
Specify the message timeout in seconds. The default value is MessageTimeout as reported by "scontrol show config". Setting a higher value may be necessitated by relatively slow I/O performance on the compute node disks.
-v, --verbose
Provide detailed event logging through program execution.
-V, --version
Print version information and exit.


Some sbcast options may be set via environment variables. These environment variables, along with their corresponding options, are listed below. (Note: Command line options will always override these settings.)

-C, --compress
-F number, fB--fanout=number
-f, --force
-p, --preserve
-s size, --size=size
-t seconds, fB--timeout=seconds


Using a batch script, transmit local file my.prog to /tmp/my.proc on the local nodes and then execute it.

 > cat my.job
 sbcast my.prog /tmp/my.prog
 srun /tmp/my.prog
 > sbatch --nodes=8 my.job
 srun: jobid 12345 submitted


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