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1. Introduction

The GridUI (Grid User Interface) cluster is the interactive gateway to the Advanced Computing and e-Science resources at IFCA. This cluster is comprised of a pool of machines reachable through a single entry point. The connections to the internal machines are managed by a director node that tries to ensure that proper balancing is made across the available nodes at a given moment.

Please note that this cluster is not intended for the execution of CPU intensive tasks, for this purpose use any of the available computing resources. Every process spawned is limited to a maximum CPU time of 2 hours.

Login on these machines is provided via Secure Shell. Outgoing SSH connections are not allowed by default from this cluster. Inactive SSH sessions may be closed after 12h. It is highly recommended that you set up SSH Keys for authentication, instead of using your username and password.

  • Hostname

    Operating System

    SSH server key fingerprint

    gridui.ifca.es

    CentOs 7

    SHA256:iuRWTlWP7db1cM0d58m5TyGzPnZoDCNoBM3RuTtxddU

2. Authentication and user accounts

See Single Sing On.

3. SGE Cluster

The SGE Cluster is based on CentOs 7 machines, running on x86_64.

Local submission is allowed for certain projects. As stated below, there are some shared areas that can be accessed from the computing nodes. The underlying batch system is Son of Grid Engine 8.0.0d. Refer to the following sources for information:

4. Shared areas

The $HOME directories are shared between the UIs and the computing nodes. There is a projects shared area (located at /gpfs/csic_projects/), also accessible from the UI and the computing nodes. If your group does not have this area, please open an Incidence ticket.

4.1. Usage

The shared directories are not intended for scratch, use the temporal areas of the local filesystems instead. In other words, instruct every job you send to copy the input from the shared directory to the local scratch ($TMPDIR), execute all operations there, then copy the output back to some shared area where you will be able to retrieve it comfortably from the UI.

As mentioned above, the contents of $TMPDIR are removed after job execution.

4.2. Disk quotas

Disk quotas are enabled on both user and projects filesystems. A message with this information should be shown upon login. If you need more quota on your user space (not in the project shared area), please contact the system administrators explaining your reasons.

If you wish to check your quota at a later time, you can use the commands mmlsquota gpfs_csic (for user quotas) and mmlsquota -g id -g gpfs_projects (for group quotas). A script reporting both quotas is located on /nfs4/usr/bin/rep-user-quotas.py. A sample output of the latter could be:

**********************************************************************
                    INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CURRENT DISK USAGE

USER                Used      Soft      Hard     Doubt     Grace
Space (GB):         3.41     20.00      0.00      0.06      none
Files (x1000):        64         0         0         0      none

GROUP               Used      Soft      Hard     Doubt     Grace
Space (GB):         0.00   1000.00   1500.00      0.00      none
Files (x1000):         0         0         0         0      none
**********************************************************************

For a basic interpretation of this output, note that the "Used" column will tell you about how much disk space you are using, whereas "Soft" denotes the limit this "Used" amount should not exceed. The "Hard" column is the value of the limit "Used" plus "Doubt" should not cross. A healthy disk space management would require that you periodically delete unused files in your $HOME directory, keeping its usage below the limits at all times. In the event that the user exceeds a limit, a grace period will be shown in the "Grace" column. If the user does not correct the situation within the grace period, she will be banned from writing to the disk.

For further information you can read the mmlsquota command manual page.

5. Extra utils/Software

Some extra packages can be found at /nfs4/opt/. This is the location for some pieces of software commonly used like:

  • Matlab's like octave language for numerical analysis.

  • Data plotting gnuplot program.

  • Profiling and debugging valgrind tools.

Please note that these packages are provided as-is, without further support from IFCA staff.


6. Support

Before opening a new incidence, please check the Frequently Asked Questions page

Questions, support and/or feedback should be directed through the use the Helpdesk.

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