Ansible playbook-based tools for deploying Slurm and Kubernetes clusters for High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and High-Performance Data Analytics

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the error “Wait for AWX UI to be up” displayed when appliance.yaml fails?


  1. When AWX is not accessible even after five minutes of wait time.
  2. When isMigrating or isInstalling is seen in the failure message.

Wait for AWX UI to be accessible at http://<management-station-IP>:8081, and then run the appliance.yaml file again, where management-station-IP is the ip address of the management node.

What are the next steps after the nodes in a Kubernetes cluster reboots?

Resolution: Wait for upto 15 minutes after the Kubernetes cluster reboots. Next, verify status of the cluster using the following services:

What to do when the Kubernetes services are not in the Running state?


  1. Run kubectl get pods --all-namespaces to verify the pods are in the Running state.
  2. If the pods are not in the Running state, delete the pods using the command:kubectl delete pods <name of pod>
  3. Run the corresponding playbook that was used to install Kubernetes: omnia.yml, jupyterhub.yml, or kubeflow.yml.

What to do when the JupyterHub or Prometheus UI are not accessible?

Resolution: Run the command kubectl get pods --namespace default to ensure nfs-client pod and all prometheus server pods are in the Running state.

While configuring the Cobbler, why does the appliance.yml fail with an error during the Run import command?



  1. Go to var->log->cobbler->cobbler.log to view the error.
  2. If the error message is repo verification failed then it signifies that the .iso file is not mounted properly.
  3. Verify if the downloaded .iso file is valid and correct.
  4. Delete the Cobbler container using docker rm -f cobbler and rerun appliance.yml.

Why does the PXE boot fail with tftp timeout or service timeout errors?



  1. Create a Non-RAID or virtual disk in the server.
  2. Check if other systems except for the management node has cobblerd running. If yes, then stop the Cobbler container using the following commands: docker rm -f cobbler and docker image rm -f cobbler.

What to do when the Slurm services do not start automatically after the cluster reboots?


What to do when the Slurm services fail?

Cause: The slurm.conf is not configured properly.

  1. Run the following commands:
    slurmdbd -Dvvv
    slurmctld -Dvvv
  2. Verify /var/lib/log/slurmctld.log file.

What to do when when the error “ports are unavailable” is displayed?

Cause: Slurm database connection fails.

  1. Run the following commands:
    slurmdbd -Dvvv
    slurmctld -Dvvv
  2. Verify the /var/lib/log/slurmctld.log file.
  3. Verify: netstat -antp | grep LISTEN
  4. If PIDs are in the Listening state, kill the processes of that specific port.
  5. Restart all Slurm services:
    slurmctl restart slurmctld on manager node
    systemctl restart slurmdbd on manager node
    systemctl restart slurmd on compute node

What to do if Kubernetes Pods are unable to communicate with the servers when the DNS servers are not responding?

Cause: With the host network which is DNS issue.

  1. In your Kubernetes cluster, run kubeadm reset -f on the nodes.
  2. In the management node, edit the omnia_config.yml file to change the Kubernetes Pod Network CIDR. Suggested IP range is and ensure you provide an IP which is not in use in your host network.
  3. Execute omnia.yml and skip slurm using skip_ tag __slurm.

What to do if time taken to pull the images to create the Kubeflow containers exceeds the limit and the Apply Kubeflow configurations task fails?

Cause: Unstable or slow Internet connectivity.

  1. Complete the PXE booting/ format the OS on manager and compute nodes.
  2. In the omnia_config.yml file, change the k8s_cni variable value from calico to flannel.
  3. Run the Kubernetes and Kubeflow playbooks.