Usage policy

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To be fair to all users of the cluster, please be aware of these resource limits and usage expectations.


Name Path Size (GB) Persistence Backed up? Purpose
Home ~ 2 Permanent Yes Personal storage, available on every node
Group /shared By request Permanent Yes Group storage for collaborative work
Fast /scratch 220,000 (shared) 2 weeks No Fast RAID-0 storage, generally for result files
Local to node /work 100 5 days No Useful for large intermediate files, globally accessible from /misc/cnXX
  • Data deletion is based on modification time. You will get 3 warnings before deletion if your files or directories are expired.
  • If you try to run ls on either the /home, /shared, or /misc/cnXX directories, you might not see them. They are invisible because they are mounted on demand by autofs, when an attempt is made to access a file under the directory, or using cd to enter the directory structure.

Scheduled Jobs

Jobs submitted through the slurm scheduler:

Job property Standard Limit Longrun Limit
Run time (hours) 36 72
Cores / CPUs 48
Nodes 4

Unscheduled programs

Node Run time (minutes) CPU limit Memory limit
Login node 30 5% 5% (or 3.2 GB)
Compute node 10 Not allowed on compute nodes!
  • We strong discourage programs being run on the cluster without the slurm scheduler.
  • Programs on the compute nodes are not allowed.
  • Some programs are allowed on the login node only:
    • bzip
    • cp
    • du
    • emacs
    • fort
    • gcc
    • gfortran
    • gunzip
    • gzip
    • icc
    • mv
    • sftp
    • smbclient
    • ssh
    • tar
    • vim
    • wget

Appendix: Storage

Check size of home directory

You can check your home directory quota usage with:

/usr/lpp/mmfs/bin/mmlsquota -j $(whoami) gpfs2

Example output:

                         Block Limits                                    |     File Limits
Filesystem type             KB      quota      limit   in_doubt    grace |    files   quota    limit in_doubt    grace  Remarks
gpfs2      FILESET        6272          0    2097152          0     none |      165       0        0        0     none 

Your current usage and allowed limit are highlighted in red.

Recovered deleted files


Shared directories are available in

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