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Research Cluster

The Research cluster is used to support postgraduate research students and research staff.

The research cluster has 124 GPUs: 96x NVIDIA RT2080Ti 11GB in 12 servers (damnii01-12) and 24x A40 48GB in 7 nodes (crannog01-07).

How to get access

PGR Students on the appropriate programmes should get access automatically. if you can't access the nodes please submit an RT ticket.

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:

When submitting jobs with srun make sure to use the -p PGR-Standard option so that you use the PGR specific cluster nodes.

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/
  • 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.


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

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