Submitting your first job

Environment Modules

Modules are a convenient  way to provide access to applications  on the cluster. They prepare the environment you need to run an application.

For a full list of module commands run man module

module spider [ <string> ] List all modules whose names, including version strings, contain <string>. If the <string> argument is not supplied, list all available modules. (only on Mahuika)
module show <string> Show the contents of the module given by <string>. If only the module name (e.g. Python) is given, show the default module of that name. If both name and version are given, show that particular version module.
module load <string> Load the module (name and version) given by <string>. If no version is given, load the default version.
module list [ <string> ] List all currently loaded modules whose names, including version strings, contain <string>. If the <string> argument is not supplied, list all currently loaded modules.


Before submitting a job to the scheduler it is good practice to run a small test of your code first to confirm there are no errors.

You are allowed to use the login node for this purpose, provided the resource usage is minimal.


Jobs running on the login node for long periods of time or using large numbers of CPUs will be killed.


Jobs on Mahuika and Māui are submitted in the form of a batch script containing the code you want to run and a header of information needed by our job scheduler Slurm.

Creating a batch script

Create a new file and open it with nano

#!/bin/bash -e
#SBATCH --job-name=SerialJob # job name (shows up in the queue)
#SBATCH --time=00:01:00      # Walltime (HH:MM:SS)
#SBATCH --mem=512MB          # Memory in MB

pwd # Prints working directory

Copy in the above text and save and exit the text editor with 'ctrl + x'.

Note: if you are a member of multiple accounts you should add the line #SBATCH --account=<projectcode>


Jobs are submitted to the scheduler using:


You should receive an output 

Submitted batch job 1748836

Job Queue

The currently queued jobs can be checked using 


You can filter to just your jobs by adding the flag

squeue -u usr9999

where 'usr9999' is replaced with your username.

You can check all jobs submitted by you in the past day using:


Or since a specified date using:

sacct -S YYYY-MM-DD

Each job will show as multiple lines, one line for the parent job and then additional lines for each job step.


sacct -X Only show parent processes.

sacct --state=PENDING/RUNNING/FAILED/CANCELLED/TIMEOUT Filter jobs by state.


scancel <jobid> will cancel the job described by <jobid>. You can obtain the job ID by using sacct or squeue.


scancel -u [username] Kill all jobs submitted by you.

scancel {[n1]..[n2]} Kill all jobs with an id between [n1] and [n2]

Job Output

When the job completes, or in some cases earlier, two files will be added to the directory in which you were working when you submitted the job:

slurm-[jobid].out containing standard output.

slurm-[jobid].err containing standard error.

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