We describe the resources available at AHPCC and how to select the best one for your computing job.
Computing resources are presently divided into four clusters that use separate schedulers. This will be condensed in the future, as all logins will be moved to
pinnacle.uark.edu and all schedulers are migrated to Slurm, with one or multiple Slurm schedulers to be determined.
The newest resource at AHPCC has 100 compute nodes, with 12 compute nodes on order. GPU and GPU-ready nodes are Dell R740, non-GPU nodes are Dell R640, which are different packaging but have the same software interface.
There are 49 public standard compute nodes with two Xeon Gold 6130 processors, 32 cores, and 192 GB of memory, which use the queues
There are 7 public high-memory compute nodes with two Xeon Gold 6126 processors, 24 cores, and 768 GB of memory, which use the queues
himem06/himem72. These have fewer cores of higher frequency since they are used largely for bioinformatics in which many codes are not efficiently threaded.
There are 19 public GPU nodes, like standard compute nodes but with a single NVidia V100 Tesla GPU which use the queues
There are 25 condo nodes: 20 Wang, standard compute nodes with also NVMe local drives; one Alverson standard compute, one Alverson high-memory compute, one Kaman high-memory compute with two V100s, and two Bernhard with two AMD 7351 and 256 GB of memory. These use the queues
condo for system owners and
pcon06 for the public, with appropriate modifiers to select the right nodes, see queues. Please do not submit
condo,pcon06 jobs without any modifiers, such jobs will be assigned randomly by the scheduler and will be killed.
pinnacle and public condo usage is in general reserved for jobs that can use at least one of 1) the entire complement of 32 or 24 cores per node, 2) the V100 GPUs, or 3) the 192 GB of memory (that is more than 64 GB of
trestles) or 768 GB of memory (that is more than 192 GB of standard nodes) in standard or high-memory nodes, or 4) its 100 Gb/s Infiniband for multi-node computing. This excludes smaller jobs that can run adequately inside the core and memory footprint of single
razor nodes, that is
razor-1: 12 cores and 24 GB,
razor-2: 16 cores and 32 GB,
trestles: 32 cores and 64 GB.
In addition, the
gpu queues and nodes are reserved for jobs that use the GPU (since the GPU costs almost as much as the node does, and filling the CPU makes the GPU unavailable). Also the large-memory
himem queues and nodes are reserved for jobs that use more than 192 GB of shared memory, that is cannot run on the standard nodes. If you don't know the memory usage of your job, test jobs are allowable on
himem queues; however production jobs that don't use more than 192 GB are not.
These efficient-use requirements do not apply to condo owners on their own nodes.
We recommend the following clusters depending on the needs of your program and system load. These are rules of thumb not covering every possible situation, contact email@example.com with questions. Here “memory” refers to shared memory of one node.
trestles, though low-core count jobs will be slow compared with Intel
himem06/himem72or high memory
pinnaclemultiple nodes standard
comp01/comp06/comp72will run much faster but probably start the job more slowly because of the job queue.
trestlesif memory is less than 64 GB.
pinnaclewill run much faster but will probably start the job more slowly because of the job queue.