Batch Limit Rules

Memory Limit:

It is strongly suggested to consider the memory use to the available per-core memory when users request OSC resources for their jobs. On Glenn, it equates to 3GB/core and 24GB/node.

If your job requests less than a full node ( ppn<8 ), it may be scheduled on a node with other running jobs. In this case, your job is entitled to a memory allocation proportional to the number of cores requested (3GB/ core). For example, without any memory request ( mem=XX ), a job that requests  nodes=1:ppn=1  will be assigned one core and should use no more than 3GB of RAM, a job that requests  nodes=1:ppn=3  will be assigned 3 cores and should use no more than 9GB of RAM, and a job that requests  nodes=1:ppn=8  will be assigned the whole node (8 cores) with 24GB of RAM. It is important to keep in mind that the memory limit ( mem=XX ) you set in PBS does not work the way one might expect it to on Glenn. It does not cause your job to be allocated the requested amount of memory, nor does it limit your job’s memory usage. For example, a job that requests  nodes=1:ppn=1,mem=9GB will be assigned one core (which means you should use no more than 3GB of RAM instead of the requested 9GB of RAM) and you were only charged for one core worth of Resource Units (RU).

A multi-node job ( nodes>1 ) will be assigned the entire nodes with 24GB/node. Jobs requesting more than 24GB/node should be submitted to other clusters (Oakley or Ruby)

To manage and monitor your memory usage, please refer to Out-of-Memory (OOM) or Excessive Memory Usage.

Walltime Limit

Here are the queues available on Glenn:






168 hours



336 hours

Restricted access


96 hours


Job Limit

An individual user can have up to 128 concurrently running jobs and/or up to 2048 processors/cores in use. All the users in a particular group/project can among them have up to 192 concurrently running jobs and/or up to 2048 processors/cores in use. Jobs submitted in excess of these limits are queued but blocked by the scheduler until other jobs exit and free up resources.

A user may have no more than 1,000 jobs submitted to a queue; parallel and serial job queues are treated separately. Jobs submitted in excess of these limits will be rejected.