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Using the Cluster

  • How do I get my code on the cluster?
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      From a workstation with your code on it:
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      scp -rp folder_with_your_code/ infosphere:~
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    2. 2.
      Your code is now on infosphere
  • Where do I go to run code on the cluster?
  • How do I compile code on the cluster?
    • If using a single C/C++ file like a pleb:
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      mpicc your_file.c # or mpicxx if using C++
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    • If using CMake like a boss:
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      cmake . -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=mpicc -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=mpicxx
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      make
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  • Do I need to compile my code on the cluster?
    • YES, there is no other option, binaries will never be compatible. This is not a challenge, this is a statement of fact. Do not complain if you a.out from the workstation doesn't work.
  • Now that I did all that, how do I run code on the cluster?
    • If using an MPI binary (most parallel computing classes), or just running a non-MPI binary n number of times:
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      srun -N <number_of_machines> -n <number_of_processes> --mpi=pmix_v2 ./your_binary --your-binary-flags
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    • Alternative (non-preferred) method of running an MPI binary:
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      salloc -N <number_of_machines> -n <number_of_processes> mpiexec ./your_binary --your-binary-flags
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  • That gives me some error about not having an account! What gives?
    • Ask a sysadmin if they can make you an account on the cluster. Point them to this document if they don't know how.
  • My job just hangs forever!
    • Either someone is inconsiderately using the entire cluster, or the cluster is broken.
    • To check the former, use the sinfo and squeue commands.

Managing the Cluster

Or, "I was put in charge of your mess Jack you better have documented everything." Don't worry, I didn't. Keeps you on your toes.
Note: everything here expects you have root access on infosphere, and are running all these commands after getting root with Kerberos kinit + ksu.
  • What are the basic troubleshooting steps?
    • sinfo to view the state of the cluster
    • squeue to see what jobs are holding things up
    • Checking files in /var/log/slurm on infosphere and the affected nodes
  • Someone wants me to make an account for them!
    • Run this in /root on infosphere:
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      cat your_user_list.txt | ./make_new_users.sh
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  • How do I run the ansible play?
    • From infosphere (this is important):
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      cd ansible
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      ansible-playbook -i hosts -f 50 --ask-vault-pass cluster.yml --skip-tags=install
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    • The above command basically runs the default, updating-only play on all the cluster nodes, including infosphere.
  • I want to upgrade a specific part of the cluster, how do?
    • There are a couple partitions in ansible:
      • hpc: All the HPC nodes
      • hpcgpu: Just Zoidberg
      • ibm: All the Borg nodes
      • ibmgpu: All the Borg nodes with GPUs in them
      • clustermaster: infosphere itself
    • Run the corresponding ansible .yml playbooks from infosphere
  • I would like to install a new version of something on the cluster, how do?
    • The current software names and versions are under [fullcluster:vars] in the hosts file in the ansible repository.
    • Change the version number to the latest available, and run the following command replacing <software_name> with something like abinit or openmpi.
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      ansible-playbook -i hosts -f 50 cluster.yml --tags=install_<software_name>
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    • The plays should automatically uninstall the old version for you when updating.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: If you update pmix, you also need to reinstall slurm and openmpi.
  • After a slurm upgrade, everything went down. How fix?
    • Check that the slurm version is the same everywhere
    • ansible fullcluster -i hosts -m command -a "bash -c 'systemctl disable slurmd; systemctl enable slurmd; systemctl restart slurmd'" (disable slurmd on infosphere afterwards)
    • Really, just check the logs yourself, listen to error messages, Google your way to victory.
  • How to recreate the slurmdbd database (last resort)?
    • systemctl stop slurmdbd slurmctld && systemctl restart mariadb && mysql
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        CREATE DATABASE slurm;
        • If this command fails, skip to the end of this list
      2. 2.
        USE slurm;
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        SHOW TABLES;
      4. 4.
        For every table in the database, DROP TABLE <table_name>;
      5. 5.
        exit
    • systemctl start slurmdbd slurmctld
    • sacctmgr add cluster hpc
    • find /cluster -type d | /root/make_new_users.sh
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