[Beowulf] Transient NFS Problems in New Cluster

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Tue Feb 2 17:29:13 EST 2010

Jon Forrest wrote:
> I have a new cluster running CentOS 5.3.
> The cluster uses a Sun 7310 storage server
> that provides NFS service over a private
> 1Gb/s ethernet with 9K jumbo frames to the
> cluster.
> We've noticed that a number of the compute
> nodes sometimes generate the
> automount[15023]: umount_autofs_indirect: ask umount returned busy /home


> Any advice on what to do?

We still recommend turning off autofs for home directories.  We've seen 
lots of problems with it on many clusters.  Hard mounts are IMO better. 
  That server should be able to handle it.

Joseph Landman, Ph.D
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