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HPC Examples


To run an R job as a batch submission, you can include all of your R commands in a single file and execute it with Rscript.

Submission Script

To run an R script in batch, you’ll need to start by creating a batch script. In this example, we’ll call it submit_r_script.slurm. Start by creating a batch script in your working directory using a command like:

[netid@wentletrap ~]$ touch submit_r_script.slurm 

Then open it in your favorite text editor. You will then add the contents below. The first lines that start with #SBATCH are how you request resources and set job options through the scheduler SLURM. The second part includes any commands you would need to run in the terminal to execute your workflow. This includes loading any modules, changing directories, executing scripts, etc. To run an R script in batch, you will use the command Rscript and not R. An alternative is R CMD BATCH. More information can be found here.

#SBATCH --job-name=R-Plotting-Job
#SBATCH --ntasks=1
#SBATCH --nodes=1 
#SBATCH --time=00:01:00   
#SBATCH --partition=standard

module load R/4.0.0
Rscript hello_world.r

Once you’ve entered the contents into your text file, save and close.

R Script

Now, we’ll create a simple R script that will print the line Hello World!. We will call this script hello_world.r and can create it using the same method we used for the batch script.

[netid@wentletrap ~]$ touch hello_world.r

Now, open the file in your favorite text editor and enter the following:

#!/usr/bin/env Rscript

hello_string <- "Hello World! "
print (hello_string, quote=FALSE)

Now, save and exit.

Job Submission

To run the batch job, submit it to the scheduler using the command sbatch followed by the SLURM file’s name. This will return a job ID that you can use to track the status of your job.

[netid@wentletrap ~]$ sbatch submit_r_script.slurm 
Submitted batch job 53341


An output file will be generated by the scheduler containing any output that would have been printed to the terminal had you run your batch script interactively.

[netid@wentletrap ~]$ cat slurm-53341.out 
[1] Hello World!