Operation Policies

  1. User access to the cluster is only allowed through a Secure Shell (SSH) client.
  2. User access to compute nodes is only via the scheduling system, Moab/Torque. Direct SSH access to compute nodes is not allowed.
  3. For testing and development purposes, users are encouraged to use the interactive nodes via qlogin.
  4. Users are encouraged to use the local disk space on the compute nodes as scratch space when running their jobs. Each job that is submitted, creates a temporary directory of 10 GB (by default). Users are able to request more disk space if required. The path to this temporary directory is “/localhd/<your JOB ID>”. The temporary directory and its contents are removed when a job is complete.

Batch Job Scheduling

CCM-HPF employs Moab HPC Enterprise Suite as the queuing system for batch job submissions.

Job priorities are calculated based on the user resource requests and the time the job is queued in the system. Jobs will be scheduled once resources are available and Moab’s policies are satisfied.

For special purposes such as meeting project deadline and unusual job requirements, it is possible to request CCM-HPF to setup special queues and/or reserve resources for you. To inquire about this, please contact us by emailing researchhelpdesk@sickkids.ca with the subject line “HPC Batch Job Scheduling” . We will review your demands on a case by case basis, and we will try our best to meet your needs.