Set up a compute node

  1. Introduction
  2. Set up Docker
  3. Update fuse.conf
  4. Update docker-cleaner.json
  5. Configure Linux cgroups accounting
  6. Install Docker
  7. Configure the Docker daemon
  8. Install’python-arvados-fuse and crunch-run and arvados-docker-cleaner


This page describes how to configure a compute node so that it can be used to run containers dispatched by Arvados.

  • If you are using the cloud dispatcher, apply these step and then save a compute node virtual machine image. The virtual machine image id will go in config.yml.
  • If you are using SLURM on a static custer, these steps must be duplicated on every compute node, preferrably using a devops tool such as Puppet.

Set up Docker

See Set up Docker

Update fuse.conf

FUSE must be configured with the user_allow_other option enabled for Crunch to set up Keep mounts that are readable by containers. Install this file as /etc/fuse.conf:

# Allow non-root users to specify the 'allow_other' or 'allow_root'
# mount options.

Update docker-cleaner.json

The arvados-docker-cleaner program removes least recently used Docker images as needed to keep disk usage below a configured limit.

Create a file /etc/arvados/docker-cleaner/docker-cleaner.json in an editor, with the following contents.

    "Quota": "10G",
    "RemoveStoppedContainers": "always"

Choosing a quota: Most deployments will want a quota that’s at least 10G. From there, a larger quota can help reduce compute overhead by preventing reloading the same Docker image repeatedly, but will leave less space for other files on the same storage (usually Docker volumes). Make sure the quota is less than the total space available for Docker images.


This also removes all containers as soon as they exit, as if they were run with docker run --rm. If you need to debug or inspect containers after they stop, temporarily stop arvados-docker-cleaner or configure it with "RemoveStoppedContainers":"never".

Install python-arvados-fuse and crunch-run and arvados-docker-cleaner

Red Hat and Centos

# yum install python-arvados-fuse crunch-run arvados-docker-cleaner

Debian and Ubuntu

# apt-get install python-arvados-fuse crunch-run arvados-docker-cleaner

Start the service

# systemctl enable --now arvados-docker-cleaner
# systemctl status arvados-docker-cleaner

If systemctl status indicates it is not running, use journalctl to check logs for errors:

# journalctl -n12 --unit arvados-docker-cleaner

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