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Allocations and Limits

Storage Allocations

See our Storage page for:

When you obtain a new HPC account, you will be provided with storage.  The shared storage (/home, /groups, /xdisk) is accessible from any of the three production clusters: Puma, Ocelote and ElGato. The temporary (/tmp) space is unique to each compute node.

Permanent Storage
/home/uxx/netid50 GBIndividual allocations specific to each user.
/groups/PI500 GBAllocated as a communal space to each PI and their
group members.
Temporary Storage
/xdisk/PIUp to 20 TBRequested at the PI level. Available for up to 150 days
with one 150 day extension possible for a total of 300
/tmp~1400GB NVMe    (Puma)
~840GB spinning  (Ocelote)
~840GB spinning  (El Gato)
Local storage specific to each compute node. Usable
as a scratch space for compute jobs. Not accessible 
once jobs end. 


Job Allocations

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 MachineStandard Allocation Time per Month per PIWindfall
Puma100,000 CPU Hours per monthUnlimited but can be pre-empted
Ocelote70,000 CPU Hours per monthUnlimited but can be pre-empted
El Gato7,000 CPU Hours per monthUnlimited but can be pre-empted

Best practices

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. If your group consistently needs more time than the free allocations, consider the HPC buy-in program.
  4. Last resort for tight deadlines: PIs can request a special project allocation once per year (; under the Support tab). Requesting a special project will provide qualified hours which are effectively the same as standard hours.
  5. 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:

standardUsed to consume the monthly allocation of hours provided to each group
windfallUsed when standard is depleted but subject to preemption
high_priorityUsed by 'buy-in' users for purchased nodes
qualifiedUsed by groups who have a temporary special project allocation

Job Limits

To check group, user, and job limitations on resource usage, use the command job-limits $YOUR_GROUP in the terminal.

Special Allocations

Sometimes you may need an extra allocation for a conference deadline or paper submission.  Or something else.  We can offer a temporary allocation according to the guidelines here: Special Projects

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