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The teaching cluster

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The Teaching cluster is used to support teaching courses, especially MSc courses and the Machine Learning Practical.
Note that the Extreme Computing module uses the Hadoop cluster:

The teaching cluster has 200 GPUs (NVIDIA GTX1060 6GB) in 25 servers(landonia[01-25]).
Physically, it's split between three sites, so if one site goes down, two thirds of the cluster should still be operational.

How to get access

Undergraduate and taught MSC Students will get access based on the courses they are on. PGR students and staff will get low priority access when the nodes are not ebing used for a taught class.
To use the cluster for a project, please ask your supervisor to create a Computing Support ticket giving details of the project.

How to use the cluster

Use of this cluster is controlled by Slurm. First ssh to a head node (mlp, mlp1 or mlp2) then use Slurm commands.

Here's how to use a cluster without breaking it:

Files and backups

  • Jobs on the compute nodes cannot access your files in AFS. Instead there are home directories on a local distributed filesystem. You can copy files from AFS by logging in to a head node then using the cp command. AFS home directories can be found under /afs/inf.ed.ac.uk/user/.
  • There is no disk quota but space is limited so please delete files you have finished with.
  • Your files are NOT backed up. DO NOT USE THIS FILESYSTEM AS THE ONLY STORAGE FOR IMPORTANT DATA. Disk space will be reclaimed once your access has finished. It is your responsibility to make copies of anything you wish to keep. There is some redundancy for disaster recovery.

Software

The cluster runs the standard SL7 version of DICE. If you would like software to be added, please ask Computing Support.

Extreme Computing

Extreme Computing students should read the Hadoop cluster page.

Last reviewed: 
13/02/2019

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