Argo cluster FAQs.
Python is installed, use “module avail python” command to find various available versions.
Anconda distribution for python is also available. Check with command “module avail anaconda”.
The Argo Cluster is a High Performance compute cluster operated by the Office of Research Computing. It is located in the Aquia Data Center on the Fairfax Campus.
The Cluster currently comprises 72 nodes (70 compute,2 head nodes) with a total of 1356 compute cores and close to 7 TB of RAM.
Here is the summary of the compute nodes:
|Nodes||CPU Cores||RAM||Hardware Arch||Total Nodes|
|[1 to 33][36 to 39][58 to 68]||16||64 GB||Intel SSE (Sandybridge)||48|
|41 to 45||20||96GB||Intel Haswell||5|
|[46 to 49][51 to 54]||24||128GB||Intel Broadwell||9|
|Nodes||CPU Cores||GPU Info||RAM||Hardware Arch||Total Nodes|
|40||24||4x K80||128 GB||Intel Haswell||1|
|50||24||2x K80||128 GB||Intel Broadwell||1|
|55||24||2x K80||512 GB||Intel Broadwell||1|
|56||24||2x K80||256 GB||Intel Broadwell||1|
You SSH into the head node using the hostname “argo.orc.gmu.edu”. There are two head nodes of the ARGO cluster – argo-1 and argo-2 and users are logged into one of these in round-robin manner to manage load. Use your GMU NetID and password to log into the cluster.
The Argo cluster uses a system called Environment Modules to manage applications. Modules make sure that your environment variables are set up for the software you want to use. When you login the two modules “SLURM” and “GCC” are loaded by default. SLURM is a workload manager for Linux that manages job submission, deletion, and monitoring. The main commands are:
- “module avail” shows all the available modules.
- “module list” shows the modules that you have loaded at the moment.
- “module load name” or “module add name” adds the module “name” to your environment.
- “module unload name” or “module rm name” removes the module “name” from your environment.
- “module show name” or “module display name” gives a description of the module and also shows what it will do to your environment.
Typing “module” gives you a list of available command and arguments.
You can use the head node to develop, compile and test a sample of your job before submitting to the queue. Users cannot run computationally intensive jobs on the head nodes. If such jobs are running on the head node, they will killed without notice.
All jobs have to be submitted on the head node via Slurm scheduler which will schedule your jobs to run on the compute nodes.
Users should not log into individual nodes to run jobs. Users have to submit jobs to the scheduler on the head node. Compute intensive jobs running on nodes that are not under scheduler control (i.e. directly started on the nodes) will be killed without notice.
Users can log into nodes on which their jobs are running which were previously submitted via the scheduler. This ability to ssh into individual nodes is only for checking on your job/(s) that is currently running on that node. Please note that if users are using this mode of “sshing” into nodes to start new jobs on the nodes without going through the scheduler, then their ability to ssh into nodes to check on jobs will be removed.
Currently there are no quotas specified, but later we will be assigning quotas for the users.
|Partition Name||Nodes in Partition||Restricted Access|
*all-HiPri is the default partition (queue).
all-HiPri and bigmem-HiPri both have a run time limit of 12 hours. Jobs exceeding the time limit will be killed. all-LoPri and bigmem-LoPri both have a 5 day run time limit for jobs. The partitions bigmem-LoPri and bigmem-HiPri are intended for jobs that will require a lot of memory. Access to the queues marked as “restricted access” are limited to members of research groups and departments that have funded nodes in the cluster.
The command for submitting a batch job is:
$ sbatch <script file name> (The default partition is all-HiPri)
If the command is successful you will see the following:
Your job <job id number> (“script file name”) has been submitted.
You can also submit the job without a script by listing the options (see the next question for options) on the command line.
$ sbatch [options] <jobname>
Some of the common options that one might use with sbatch are:
- -J=<name-of-job> – Use <name-of-job> instead of the default job name which is the script file name.
- -i=/path/to/dir/inputfilename – Use the “inputfilename” as input file for this job.
- -o=/path/to/dir/outputfilename – Use the “outputfilename” as the output file for this job.
- -e=/path/to/dir/errorfilename – Use the “errorfilename as the file name for errors encountered in this job.
- -n=<number> – The number of tasks to run, also specifies number of slots needed.
- –mem=<MB> – The total memory needed for the job, use if more than the default is needed
- –mail-user=GMU-NetID@gmu.edu – Send mail to your GMU email account
- –mail-type=BEGIN,END – Send email before and after end of job.
Read the man pages (man sbatch) for more sbatch options.
An example script is in /cm/shared/apps/slurm/current/examples directory. Experiment with “sleeper.sh” to get started.
$ squeue -u <userID> (will list your jobs that are running)
$ squeue (will list jobs of all users)
- “PD” – Job is queued and waiting to be scheduled.
- “S” – Job is suspended.
- “R” – Job is running.
- “CA” – Job marked for deletion.
- “F” – Job failed.
See man pages (man squeue) for more details.
$ sacct –j <job id number> – After the job has completed, you can use this command
The <job id number> is what you get back when you successfully submit your job via sbatch command.
Use the following command to delete submitted jobs:
$ scancel <job id number>
You can read the man pages of the various commands. The Slurm documentation is available here: http://slurm.schedmd.com. Please note that the documentation available at that website is for the latest release. We are running Slurm version 15.08.6, so man pages will give you the correct description.
You use the command “ –ntasks <number>” either on the command line with sbatch or in the script file to request <number> cores.
NOTE: If you job is inherently multi-threaded (eg. Java jobs), then you need to use this option to specify the number of cores you want for the job.
We don’t have a tutorial as yet, but here is a good one to get started: Linux Tutorial
You need to download and install Secure Shell for Windows from the GMU IT Services website: IT Downloads .
Here is a website that teaches you how to install and use the Secure Shell : Windows Secure Shell Example
NOTE: For GMU connections, the Authentication method is “Password”.
You can use Secure FTP application to upload/download files.
Detailed information can be found here: Logging Into Argo
The script file will contain all the options one needs to use for a specific job. The “##” is a comment line. But a “#SBATCH” is a line containing submit options. The first line is always “#!” which specifies the beginning of shell script.
## Specify Job name if you want
## the short form -J
## Specify a different working directory
## Default working directory is the directory from you submit your job
## Short form -D
## Specify output file name
## If you want output and error to be written to different files
## You will need to provide output and error file names
## short form -o
## %N is the name of the node on which it ran
## %j is the job-id
## NOTE this format has to be changed if Array job
## filename-%A-%a.out - where A is job ID and a is the array index
## Specify error output file name
## short form -e
## Specify input file
## short form -i
## Send email
## Email notification for the following types
## Some valid types are: NONE,BEGIN,END,FAIL,REQUEUE
## Select partition to run this job
## Default partition is all-HiPri - run time limit is 12 hours
## short form -p
## Quality of Service; Priority
## Contributor's queue needs QoS to be specified for jobs to run
## Everyone is part of normal QoS, so does not have to specified
## Ask for Intel machine using Feature parameter
## short form -C
## Intel Nodes - Proc16, Proc20, Proc24
## AMD nodes - Proc64
## Ask for 1 node and the number of slots in node
## This can be 16|20|24
## short form -N
## Now ask for number of slots
## MPI jobs
## If you need to start a 64 slot job, you can ask for 4 nodes with 16 slots each
#SBATCH --nodes 4
## How much memory job needs specified in MB
## Default Memory is 2048MB
## Memory is specified per CPU
## Load the needed modules
## Start the job
java –Xmx<memneeded> -jar test.jar
For MPI, Matlab, R jobs, please go the ORC-WIKI.
Yes, R is installed on the ARGO cluster, use module avail command to find the available versions of R.
More Information can be found here: How to run R on ARGO
MATLAB is installed, use module avail command to find available versions
See ORC Wiki for more details.
If you create script files on your Windows machine and then copy them over to ARGO cluster, make sure that you run the following command on those files before you use them:
$ dos2unix "/path/to/filename"
Windows based editors put special characters to denote line return or newline. This “dos2unix” command strips the file of these special characters and converts the file into UNIX format.
Faculty can get an account on the ARGO cluster. Students need to be sponsored by a GMU Faculty.
- Faculty to request an account, send email to email@example.com and specify your GMU netID.
- Students: please ask your sponsoring Faculty to request on your behalf providing your name and GMU netID to the email address given above.