Cypress is Tulane's newest HPC cluster, offered by Technology Services for use by the Tulane research community. It is a 124-node cluster, with each node providing dual 10-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2680 v2 CPUs, 64 GB of RAM, and dual Xeon Phi 7120P coprocessors. Nodes are interconnected on a 40 Gigabit Ethernet network using a single Dell Z9500 Ethernet Fabric Switch.
Getting an account
All accounts must be associated with a Tulane faculty member who is the Principal Investigator (PI) of his/her research group. Please have your PI contact us to establish a group on Cypress. (If some members of your group have Cypress accounts, your group is already established.) After your group is established, visit Tulane Service Now at:
to request an account. After logging in with your Tulane credentials, you'll see the "Tulane IT Portal" where you'll select "Request Something". From the categories in the left sidebar select "Cypress HPC", then "Cypress HPC Request" and fill out the form. (See also https://it.tulane.edu/acceptable-use-policy.)
Logging in to Cypress after your account is created
Cypress provides two login nodes:
You will need a secure shell (SSH) client to log in. Your username and password will be the same as that for your Tulane user account. To reset your password, visit:
Note that this will also change your password for your e-mail and Single Sign On applications.
Storage: home directory
Your home directory on Cypress is intended to store customized source code, binaries, scripts, analyzed results, manuscripts, and other small but important files. This directory is limited to 10 GB (10,000 MB), and is backed up. To view your current quota and usage, run the command:
quota -f /home
Please do not use your home directory to perform simulations with heavy I/O (file read/write) usage. Instead, please use your group's Lustre project directory.
Storage: Lustre group project directory
Cypress has a 699 TB Lustre filesystem available for use by active jobs, and for sharing large files for active jobs within a research group. The Lustre filesystem has 2 Object Storage Servers (OSSs) which provide file I/O for 24 Object Storage Targets (OSTs). The Lustre filesystem is available to compute nodes via the 40 Gigabit Ethernet network. The default stripe count is set to 1.
Allocations on this filesystem are provided per project/research group. Each group is given a space allocation of 1 TB and an inode allocation of 1 million (i.e. up to 1 million files or directories) on the Lustre filesystem. If you need additional disk space to run your computations, your PI may request a quota adjustment. To request a quota adjustment, please provide details and an estimate of the disk space used/required by your computations. Allocations are based on demonstrated need and available resources.
The Lustre filesystem is not for bulk or archival storage of data. The filesystem is configured for redundancy and hardware fault tolerance, but is not backed up. If you require space for bulk / archival storage, please contact us, and we will take a look at the available options.
Your group's Lustre project directory will be at:
"your-group-name" is your Linux group name, as returned by the command "id -gn". Your group is free to organize your project directory as desired, but it is recommended to create separate subfolders for different sets of data, or for different groups of simulations.
To view your group's current usage and quota, run the command:
lfs quota -g `id -gn` /lustre
To view your own usage, you can run:
lfs quota -u `id -un` /lustre
Software on Cypress
Software on Cypress is organized using the Environment Modules (modules) package. The modules command is "module". To see the available software, run:
To load a specific package for use, you can run "module add", for example:
module add intel-psxe
to load Intel Parallel Studio.
Specialized software requirements
- Gaussian 09—Use of the Gaussian 09 software requires you to be in the gaussian group. Contact us to have your account added.
SLURM (resource manager)
Cypress uses SLURM to manage job submission. For general information and documentation, see the SLURM website:
A slurm QOS (quality of service) is similar to a queue in other resource managers (e.g. TORQUE). Cypress has several QOSs available for jobs. Each QOS has limits on the requestable resources, as shown below:
|QOS name||maximum job size (node-hours)||maximum walltime per job||maximum nodes per user|
The "normal" QOS is intended for users running parallel programs. This is the preferred type of usage to best take advantage of Cypess's parallel processing capability. Each user is limited to simultaneous usage of 18 nodes (360 cores) over all his/her jobs.
The "long" QOS is intended for jobs which are not very parallel, but have longer runtime. Each job has a job-size limit of 168 node-hours, calculated as the number of nodes requested multiplied by number of hours requested. For example a job submitted to the long QOS may request 1 node for 7 days, or 2 nodes for 3.5 days. You are limited to 8 nodes across all your jobs in this QOS. So, for example, you may run up to 8 jobs each using 1 node and running for 7 days.
The "interactive" QOS is intended to be used for testing SLURM script submission, and is limited to 1 job per user. See interactiveQOS
See below for details:
Citation / Acknowledgment
We would greatly appreciate acknowledgment in papers, posters, presentations, or reports resulting from the use of Tulane HPC resources. We suggest something similar to the following:
"This research was supported in part using high performance computing (HPC) resources and services provided by Information Technology at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA."
We would also appreciate informing us of any publications resulting from use of Tulane HPC resources. This information is important for acquiring funding for new resources.
Getting help / Contact us
Contact us by email at: hpcadmin (at) tulane.edu