ClassAccounts

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Overview

UMIACS Class Accounts support classes for all of UMIACS/CSD via the Nexus cluster. Faculty may request that a class be supported by following the instructions here.

Getting an account

Your TA or instructor will request an account for you. Once this is done, you will be notified by email that you have an account to redeem. If you have not received an email, please contact your TA or instructor. You must redeem the account within 7 days or else the redemption token will expire. If your redemption token does expire, please contact your TA or instructor to have it renewed.

Once you do redeem your account, you will need to wait until you get a confirmation email that your account has been installed. This is typically done once a day on days that the University is open for business.

Any questions or issues with your account, storage, or cluster use must first be made through your TA or instructor.

Registering for Duo

UMIACS requires that all Class accounts register for MFA (multi-factor authentication) under our Duo instance (note that this is different than UMD's general Duo instance). You will not be able to log onto the class submission host until you register.

If you see the following error in your SSH client, you have not yet enrolled/registered in Duo.

Access is not allowed because you are not enrolled in Duo. Please contact your organization's IT help desk.

In order to register, visit our directory app and log in with your Class username and password. You will then receive a prompt to enroll in Duo. For assistance in enrollment, please visit our Duo help page.

Once notified that your account has been installed and you have registered in our Duo instance, you can SSH to nexusclass.umiacs.umd.edu with your assigned username and your chosen password to log in to a submission host.

If you store something in a local directory (/tmp, /scratch0) on one of the two submission hosts, you will need to connect to that same submission host to access it later. The actual submission hosts are:

  • nexusclass00.umiacs.umd.edu
  • nexusclass01.umiacs.umd.edu

Cleaning up your account before the end of the semester

Class accounts for a given semester are liable to be archived and deleted after that semester's completion as early as the following:

  • Winter semesters: February 1st of same year
  • Spring semesters: June 1st of same year
  • Summer semesters: September 1st of same year
  • Fall semesters: January 1st of next year

It is your responsibility to ensure you have backed up anything you want to keep from your class account's personal or group storage (below sections) prior to the relevant date.

Personal Storage

Your home directory has a quota of 30GB and is located at:

/fs/classhomes/<semester><year>/<coursecode>/<username>

where <semester> is either "spring", "summer", "fall", or "winter", <year> is the current year e.g., "2021", <coursecode> is the class' course code as listed in UMD's Schedule of Classes in all lowercase e.g., "cmsc999z", and <username> is the username mentioned in the email you received to redeem the account e.g., "c999z000".

You can request up to another 100GB of personal storage if you would like by having your TA or instructor contact staff. This storage will be located at

/fs/class-projects/<semester><year>/<coursecode>/<username>

Group Storage

You can also request group storage by having your TA or instructor contact staff to specify the usernames of the accounts that should be in the group. Only other class accounts in the same class can be added to the group. The quota will be 100GB multiplied by the number of accounts in the group and will be located at

/fs/class-projects/<semester><year>/<coursecode>/<groupname>

where <groupname> is composed of:

  • the abbreviated course code as used in the username e.g., "c999z"
  • the character "g"
  • the number of the group (starting at 0 for the first group for the class requested to us) prepended with 0s to make the total group name 8 characters long

e.g., "c999zg00".

Cluster Usage

You may not run computational jobs on any submission host. You must schedule your jobs with the SLURM workload manager. You can also find out more with the public documentation for the SLURM Workload Manager.

Class accounts only have access to the following submission parameters in SLURM:

  • --partition - class
  • --account - class
  • --qos - default, medium, and high

You must specify at least the partition parameter manually in any submission command you run. If you do not specify any QoS parameter, you will receive the QoS default.

You can view the resource limits for each QoS by running the command show_qos. The value in the MaxWall column is the maximum runtime you can run a single job for each QoS, and the values in the MaxTRES column are the maximum amount of CPU cores/GPUs/memory you can request for a single job using each QoS.

Please note that you will be restricted to 32 total CPU cores, 4 total GPUs, and 256GB total RAM across all jobs you have running at once. This can be viewed with the command show_partition_qos.

Example

Here is a basic example to schedule a interactive job running bash with a single GPU in the partition class, with the account class, running with the QoS of default and the default CPU/memory allocation for the QoS.

$ srun --partition=class --account=class --qos=default --gres=gpu:1 --pty bash
bash-4.4$ hostname
tron14.umiacs.umd.edu
bash-4.4$ nvidia-smi -L
GPU 0: NVIDIA RTX A4000 (UUID: GPU-55f2d3b7-9162-8b02-50de-476a012c626c)

Available Nodes

You can list the available nodes and their current state with the show_nodes -p class command. This list of nodes is not completely static as nodes may be pulled out of service to repair/replace GPUs or other components.

$ show_nodes -p class
NODELIST             CPUS       MEMORY     AVAIL_FEATURES                   GRES                             STATE
tron06               16         128520     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron07               16         128520     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron08               16         128520     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron09               16         128520     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron10               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron11               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron12               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron13               16         128520     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron14               16         128520     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron15               16         128520     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron16               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron17               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron18               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron19               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron20               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron21               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron22               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron23               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron24               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron25               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron26               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron27               16         128521     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron28               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron29               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron30               16         128521     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron31               16         128521     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron32               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron33               16         128521     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron34               16         128524     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7313P,Ampere      gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron35               16         128521     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron36               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron37               16         128521     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron38               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron39               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron40               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron41               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron42               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron43               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron44               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron45               16         128525     rhel8,AMD,EPYC-7302,Ampere       gpu:rtxa4000:4                   idle
tron46               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron47               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron48               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron49               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron50               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron51               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron52               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron53               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron54               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron55               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron56               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron57               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron58               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron59               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron60               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle
tron61               48         255232     rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7352,Ampere       gpu:rtxa5000:8                   idle

You can also find more granular information about an individual node with the scontrol show node command.

$ scontrol show node tron06
NodeName=tron06 Arch=x86_64 CoresPerSocket=16
   CPUAlloc=0 CPUEfctv=16 CPUTot=16 CPULoad=0.08
   AvailableFeatures=rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7302P,Ampere
   ActiveFeatures=rhel8,Zen,EPYC-7302P,Ampere
   Gres=gpu:rtxa4000:4
   NodeAddr=tron06 NodeHostName=tron06 Version=23.02.6
   OS=Linux 4.18.0-513.11.1.el8_9.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Dec 7 03:06:13 EST 2023
   RealMemory=126214 AllocMem=0 FreeMem=107174 Sockets=1 Boards=1
   State=IDLE ThreadsPerCore=1 TmpDisk=0 Weight=340 Owner=N/A MCS_label=N/A
   Partitions=class,scavenger,tron
   BootTime=2024-01-29T09:35:12 SlurmdStartTime=2024-02-05T15:14:20
   LastBusyTime=2024-02-16T15:59:38 ResumeAfterTime=None
   CfgTRES=cpu=16,mem=126214M,billing=638,gres/gpu=4,gres/gpu:rtxa4000=4
   AllocTRES=
   CapWatts=n/a
   CurrentWatts=0 AveWatts=0
   ExtSensorsJoules=n/s ExtSensorsWatts=0 ExtSensorsTemp=n/s