All University of Arizona Principal Investigators (PIs; aka Faculty) that register for access to the UA High Performance Computing (HPC) receive these free allocations on the HPC machines which is shared among all members of their team. Currently all PIs receive:
|HPC Machine||Standard Allocation Time per Month per PI||Windfall|
|Puma||100,000 CPU Hours per month||Unlimited but can be pre-empted|
|Ocelote||70,000 CPU Hours per month||Unlimited but can be pre-empted|
|El Gato||7,000 CPU Hours per month||Unlimited but can be pre-empted|
- Use your standard allocation first! The standard allocation is guaranteed time on the HPC. It refreshes monthly and does not accrue (if a month's allocation isn't used it is lost).
- Use the windfall queue when your standard allocation is exhausted. Windfall provides unlimited CPU-hours, but jobs in this queue can be stopped and restarted (pre-empted) by standard jobs.
- If your group consistently needs more time than the free allocations, consider the HPC buy-in program.
- Last resort for tight deadlines: PIs can request a special project allocation once per year (https://portal.hpc.arizona.edu/portal/; under the Support tab). Requesting a special project will provide qualified hours which are effectively the same as standard hours.
- For several reasons we do not offer checkpointing. It may be desirable to have this capability in your code.
How to Find Your Remaining Allocation
To view your remaining allocation, use the command
va in a terminal.
You can use this time on either the standard nodes which do not require special attributes in the scheduler script, or on the GPU nodes which do require special attributes.
SLURM Batch Queues
The batch queues, also known as partitions, on the different systems are the following:
|standard||Used to consume the monthly allocation of hours provided to each group|
|windfall||Used when standard is depleted but subject to preemption|
|high_priority||Used by 'buy-in' users for purchased nodes|
|qualified||Used by groups who have a temporary special project allocation|