Use LSF with non-shared file systems


  1. Follow the complete installation procedure on every host to install all the binaries, man pages, and configuration files.
  2. Update the configuration files on all hosts so that they contain the complete cluster configuration.

    Configuration files must be the same on all hosts.

  3. Choose one host to act as the LSF master host.
    1. Install LSF configuration files and working directories on this host
    2. Edit lsf.cluster.cluster_name and list this host first.
    3. Use the parameter LSF_MASTER_LIST in lsf.conf to set master host candidates.

      For Windows password authentication in a non-shared file system environment, you must define the parameter LSF_MASTER_LIST in lsf.conf so that jobs will run with correct permissions. If you do not define this parameter, LSF assumes that the cluster uses a shared file system environment.


    Fault tolerance can be introduced by choosing more than one host as a possible master host, and using NFS to mount the LSF working directory on only these hosts. All the possible master hosts must be listed first in lsf.cluster.cluster_name. As long as one of these hosts is available, LSF continues to operate.