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Job Features

Special features installed/configured on the fly on allocated nodes, features are requested in PBS job.

$ qsub... -l feature=req

VTune Support

Load the VTune kernel modules.

$ qsub ... -l vtune=version_string

version_string is VTune version e.g. 2019_update4

Global RAM Disk

Create a global shared file system consisting of RAM disks of allocated nodes. File-system is mounted on /mnt/global_ramdisk.

$ qsub ... -l global_ramdisk=true

Warning

Available on Salomon and Barbora nodes only.

Virtualization Network

Configure network for virtualization, create interconnect for fast communication between node (host) and virtual machine (guest).

$ qsub ... -l virt_network=true

Warning

Available on Anselm and Salomon nodes only.

See Tap Interconnect

MSR-SAFE Support

Load a kernel module that allows saving/restoring values of MSR registers. Uses LLNL MSR-SAFE.

$ qsub ... -l msr=version_string

version_string is MSR-SAFE version e.g. 1.4.0

Danger

Hazardous, it causes CPU frequency disruption.

Warning

Available on Salomon and Barbora nodes only.

x86 Adapt Support

Load a kernel module that allows changing/toggling system parameters stored in MSR and PCI registers of x86 processors.

$ qsub ... -l x86_adapt=true

Danger

Hazardous, it causes CPU frequency disruption.

Warning

Available on Salomon nodes only.

Disabling Intel Turbo Boost on CPU

Intel Turbo Boost on CPU is enabled on all compute nodes.

To disable Intel Turbo Boost on CPU:

$ qsub ... -l cpu_turbo_boost=false

Warning

Available on Anselm and Salomon nodes only.

Offlining CPU Cores

Info

Not available now.

To offline N CPU cores:

$ qsub ... -l cpu_offline_cores=N

To offline CPU cores according to pattern:

$ qsub ... -l cpu_offline_cores=PATTERN

where PATTERN is a list of core's numbers to offline, separated by the character 'c' (e.g. "5c11c16c23c").

Danger

Hazardous, it causes Lustre threads disruption.

HDEEM Support

Load the HDEEM software stack. The High Definition Energy Efficiency Monitoring (HDEEM) library is a software interface used to measure power consumption of HPC clusters with bullx blades.

$ qsub ... -l hdeem=version_string

version_string is HDEEM version e.g. 2.2.8-1

Warning

Available on Barbora nodes only.

NVMe Over Fabrics File System

Attach a volume from an NVMe storage and mount it as a file-system. File-system is mounted on /mnt/nvmeof (on the first node of the job). Barbora cluster provides two NVMeoF storage nodes equipped with NVMe disks. Each storage node contains seven 1.6TB NVMe disks and provides net aggregated capacity of 10.18TiB. Storage space is provided using the NVMe over Fabrics protocol; RDMA network i.e. InfiniBand is used for data transfers.

$ qsub ... -l nvmeof=size

size is a size of the requested volume, PBS size conventions are used, e.g. 10t

Create a shared file-system on the attached NVMe file-system and make it available on all nodes of the job. Append :shared to the size specification, shared file-system is mounted on /mnt/nvmeof-shared.

$ qsub ... -l nvmeof=size:shared

For example:

$ qsub ... -l nvmeof=10t:shared

Warning

Available on Barbora nodes only.

Smart Burst Buffer

Accelerate SCRATCH storage using the Smart Burst Buffer (SBB) technology. A specific Burst Buffer process is launched and Burst Buffer resources (CPUs, memory, flash storage) are allocated on an SBB storage node for acceleration (I/O caching) of SCRATCH data operations. The SBB profile file /lscratch/$PBS_JOBID/sbb.sh is created on the first allocated node of job. For SCRATCH acceleration, the SBB profile file has to be sourced into the shell environment - provided environment variables have to be defined in the process environment. Modified data is written asynchronously to a backend (Lustre) filesystem, writes might be proceeded after job termination.

Barbora cluster provides two SBB storage nodes equipped with NVMe disks. Each storage node contains ten 3.2TB NVMe disks and provides net aggregated capacity of 29.1TiB. Acceleration uses RDMA network i.e. InfiniBand is used for data transfers.

$ qsub ... -l sbb=spec

spec specifies amount of resources requested for Burst Buffer (CPUs, memory, flash storage), available values are small, medium, and large

Loading SBB profile:

$ source /lscratch/$PBS_JOBID/sbb.sh

Warning

Available on Barbora nodes only.

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