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Group Nodes


In some business scenarios, you may want to direct the Run:ai scheduler to schedule a Workload to a specific node or a node group. For example, in some academic institutions, Hardware is bought using a specific grant and thus "belongs" to a specific research group.

Run:ai allows this "taint" by labeling a node, or a set of nodes and then during scheduling, using the flag --node-type <label> to force this allocation


There is a tradeoff to be weighed in when allowing Researchers to designate specific nodes. Overuse of this feature limits the scheduler in finding an optimal resource and thus reduces overall cluster utilization.

Configuring Node Groups

To configure a node group:

  • Get the names of the nodes where you want to limit Run:ai. To get a list of nodes, run:

    kubectl get nodes
  • For each node run the following:

    kubectl label node <node-name><label>

The same value can be set to a single node, or for multiple nodes.

A node can only be set with a single value

Using Node Groups via the CLI

Use the node type label with the --node-type flag, such as:

runai submit job1 ... --node-type "my-nodes"

See the runai submit documentation for further information

Assigning Node Groups to a Project

To assign specific node groups to a Project see working with Projects.

When the CLI flag is used in conjunction with Project-based affinity, the flag is used to refine the list of allowable node groups set in the Project.

Last update: March 23, 2022