Slurm REST API 📡

Posted on Mar 8, 2023
tl;dr: Submit jobs via the Slurm API in AWS ParallelCluster

Slurm Rest API

The Slurm REST API can be used to programmatically submit and monitor jobs on the cluster.

Step 1 - Setup Slurm Accounting

First setup Slurm Accounting following the instructions.

Step 2 - Create a Security Group to allow inbound API Requests

By default, your cluster will not be able to accept incoming HTTPS requests to the REST API. You will need to create a security group to allow traffic from outside the cluster to call the API.

  1. Under Security group name, enter Slurm REST API (or another name of your choosing)

  2. Ensure VPC matches the cluster’s VPC

  3. Add an inbound rule and select HTTPS under Type, then change the Destination to the CIDR range you want to have access. In this example we use Anywhere-IPv4 but you should restrict this down in practice.

  4. Click Create security group

    Security Group

Step 3 - Add Additional IAM Permissions

Please follow the instructions under g. Setup IAM Permissions 🔑. This step is only required if you’re using ParallelCluster UI to setup your cluster.

Step 4 - Configure your cluster

  1. In your cluster configuration, return to the HeadNode section and add Slurm REST API Security Group you created above.

    Security Group

  2. Under Advanced options > click Add Script and paste in:

    Security Group

  3. Under Additional IAM permissions, add the policy:


    Cluster Setup

  4. Setup the rest of the options following the accounting tutorial.

  5. Create your cluster.

Call the API

To call the API, we’ll use the python requests library.

Set the headnode_ip, cluster_name and region then you can use the following code to call the API:

import boto3
import requests

headnode_ip = ''
cluster_name = 'rest-api'
region = 'us-east-2'

client = boto3.client('secretsmanager', region_name=region)
jwt_token = client.get_secret_value(SecretId=f"slurm_token_{cluster_name}")

headers = {'X-SLURM-USER-NAME': 'ec2-user', 'X-SLURM-USER-TOKEN': jwt_token.get('SecretString')}

r = requests.get(f"https://{headnode_ip}/slurm/v0.0.36/diag", headers=headers, verify=False)


You’ll get a response back like:

    "meta": {
    "plugin": {
        "type": "openapi\/v0.0.36",
        "name": "REST v0.0.36"
    "Slurm": {
       "version": {
            "major": 22,
            "micro": 8,
            "minor": 5
       "release": "22.05.8"

Congrats! You just called the Slurm API on the HeadNode. For other API endpoints see Slurm REST API Reference.

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