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Thank you for quoting the computing ressources of the LERIA in your publications. Also thank you to send us by mail (technique [at] the references of the articles which you published thanks to the computing ressources of the LERIA or to fill these references directly on the publication page. This type of information is important to justify our requests for funding from the computing center and thus perpetuate this service.

You can use the following misc bibtex entry to cite the compute cluster in your posts:

    title = {High Performance Computing Cluster of LERIA},
    year = {2018},
    note = {slurm/debian cluster of 27 nodes(700 logical CPU, 2 nvidia GPU tesla k20m, 1 nvidia P100 GPU), 120TB of beegfs scratch storage}
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Presentation of the high performance computing cluster "stargate"

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Stargate is the high performance computing cluster of the LERIA computing center. It is a set of 27 computing servers counting 700 CPU cores and 3 GPUs. We also have high performance storage beegfs distributed on 5 storage servers. All these servers are connected to each other via a redundant network with very high speed throughput and very low latency. Services for the functioning of our computing cluster are hosted on the proxmox pool of our computing center. We chose Debian as the operating system for all our servers and slurm for our submission software of job.

Who can use stargate?

In order of priority:

  1. All members and associate members of the LERIA laboratory,
  2. The research professors of the University of Angers if they have had the prior authorization of the director of LERIA,
  3. Visiting researchers if they have the prior authorization of the head chef of the director of LERIA.

Technical presentation

Global architecture

You can also seedata storage

Hardware architecture

Hostname Modèle Nombre de modèle identique GPU Nombre de GPU/modèle CPU Nombre de CPU/modèle Nombre de cœurs/CPU Nombre de threads/CPU Nombre de threads/modèle RAM Espace de stockage local Interconnection
star[254-253] Dell R720 2 Tesla K20m 2 intel-E5-2670 2 10 20 40 64 Go 1To 2*10Gb/s
star[245-244] Dell R630 2 X 0 intel-E5-2695 2 18 36 72 128 Go TODO
star243 Dell R930 1 X 0 intel-E7-4850 4 16 32 128 1500 Go 1To 2*10Gb/s
star242 Dell R730 1 Tesla P100 1 intel-E5-2620 2 8 16 32 128 Go 1 To
TODO star[199-195] Dell R415 5 X 0 amd-opteron-6134 1 8 16 16 32 Go 1 To
TODO star[194-190] Dell R415 5 X 0 amd-opteron-4184 1 6 12 12 32 Go 1 To 2*1Gb/s

Software architecture

The software architecture for the submission of tasks is based on the Slurm tool. Slurm is an open source, fault-tolerant, and highly scalable cluster planning and management system designed for Linux clusters. In the sense of Slurm, the nodes (servers) of calculations are named nodes, and these nodes are grouped in family called partition (which have nothing to do with the notion of partition which segments a peripheral mass storage)

Our cluster has 5 named partitions:

Each of these partitions contains nodes.

The compute nodes work with a debian stable operating system. You can find the list of installed software in the List of installed software for high performance computing sections.

Usage policy

A high-performance computing cluster must allow users to use a large amount of storage space during calculations. Therefore, the storage usage must be temporary . Once your calculations are done, it is your responsibility to:
  • compress your important data
  • move your important compressed data to another storage space
  • backup your important compressed data
  • delete unnecessary and unused data
  • You name files and directories should not contain:
    • space
    • accented characters (é, è, â, …)
    • symbols (*, $,%, …)
    • punctuation (!,:,; ,,, …)

System administrators reserve the right to rename, compress, delete your files at any time.

There is no backup of your files on the compute cluster, you can lose all your data at any time!

In addition, to avoid uses that could affect other users, a quota of 50 GB is applied to your home directory. Users requiring more space should make an explicit request to technical [at] You can also request access to a large capacity storage for a limited time: all data that has been present for more than 40 days in this storage are automatically deleted without the possibility of recovery.

Using the high performance computing cluster

Quick start

Connection to stargate

Please contact technique [at] to get information about connexion to the compute cluster.

For practical reasons, we log in with the same identifiers as for our ENT. In case of failure of the ldap server of the University of Angers, our services should still be available to any user who has already logged at least once on these same services.

Slurm: first tests and documentation

Slurm (Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management) is a task scheduler. Slurm determines where and when the calculations are distributed on the different calculation nodes according to:

It is strongly advised to read this documentation before going further.

Once connected, you can type the command sinfo which will inform you about the available partitions and their associated nodes:

username_ENT@stargate:$ sinfo
gpu                 up 14-00:00:0      2   idle star[242,254]
intel-E5-2695       up 14-00:00:0      1   idle star245
amd-opteron-4184    up 14-00:00:0      5   idle star[190-194]
std*                up 14-00:00:0      6   idle star[190-194,245]
ram                 up 14-00:00:0      1   idle star243
The asterisk next to a name partition show your default partition

There are two main ways to submit jobs to Slurm:

Batch mode execution is presented later in this wiki.

Interactive execution

In order to submit a job to slurm, simply prefix the name of the executable with the command srun.

In order to understand the difference between a process supported by the stargate OS and a process supported by slurm, you can for example type the following two commands:

username_ENT@stargate:~$ hostname
username_ENT@stargate:~$ srun hostname

For the first command, the return of hostname gives stargate while the second command srun hostname returns star245. star245 is the name of the machine that has been dynamically designated by slurm to execute the hostname command.

You can also type the commands srun free -h or srun cat /proc/cpu_info to learn more about the nodes of a partition.

Whenever slurm is asked to perform a task, it places it in a thread also called queue. The command squeue allows you to know the list of tasks being processed. This is a bit like the GNU/linux ps command aux or ps -efl but for cluster jobs rather than processes. We can test this command by launching for example on one side srun sleep infinity &. While running this task, the squeue command will give:

username_ENT@stargate:~$ squeue 
     278 intel-E5-     sleep username  R       0:07      1 star245

It is possible to kill this task via the command scancel with the job identifier as argument:

username_ENT@stargate:~$ scancel 278
username_ENT@stargate:~$ srun: Force Terminated job 332
srun: Job step aborted: Waiting up to 32 seconds for job step to finish.
slurmstepd: error: *** STEP 332.0 ON star245 CANCELLED AT 2018-11-27T11:42:06 ***
srun: error: star245: task 0: Terminated

[1]+  Termine 143             srun sleep infinity


To go further, you can watch this series of video presentation and introduction to slurm (in 8 parts):

You will find here the official slurm documentation.

Hello world !


The Stargate machine is not a compute node: it is a node from which you submit your calculations on compute nodes. Stargate is said to be a master node. Therefore, source codes will be compiled on the compute nodes prefixing the compilation with the srun command.

It is strongly recommended to compile your codes on the computation nodes which will execute your code (compilation on intel-E5-2695 ⇨ Execution on intel-E5-2695)

Let's look at the following file named main.cpp:

#include <iostream>
int main() {
    std::cout<<"Hello world!"<<std::endl;
    return 0;

It can be compiled using one of the nodes of the partition intel-E5-2695 via the command:

username_ENT@stargate:~$ srun --partition=intel-E5-2695 g++ -Wall main.cpp
Slurm assigns a default partition to each user. Therefore, if intel-E5-2695 is your default partition (marked with a star * in the return of sinfo ) then the previous command is equivalent to the following:
username_ENT@stargate:~$ srun g++ -Wall main.cpp

Interactive execution

Finally, we can run this freshly compiled program with

user@stargate:~$ srun -p intel-E5-2695 ./hello

Most of the time, an interactive execution will not interest you, you will prefer and you must use the submission of a job in batch mode. Interactive execution can be interesting for compilation or for debugging.

Batch mode execution


# hello.slurm
#SBATCH --job-name=hello
#SBATCH --output=hello.out
#SBATCH --error=hello.err
#SBATCH --mail-type=end
#SBATCH --nodes=1
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=1
#SBATCH --partition=intel-E5-2695
/path/to/hello && sleep 5
user@stargate:~$ sbatch hello.slurm     # Job submission
user@stargate:~$ squeue                 # Place and status of jobs in the submission queue
user@stargate:~$ cat hello.out          # Displays what the standard output would have shown in interactive mode (respectively hello.err for error output)

Very often, we want to run a single program for a set of files or a set of parameters, in which case there are 2 solutions to prioritize:

IMPORTANT: Availability and Resource Management Policy

Slurm is a scheduler. Planning is a difficult and resource-intensive optimization problem. It is much easier for a scheduler to plan jobs if he knows about:

* its duration * the resources to use (CPU, Memory)

In fact, default resources have been defined:

* the duration of a job is 20 minutes * the available memory per CPU is 200 MB

It is quite possible to override these default values with the –mem-per-cpu and –time options. However,

CAUTION: You should not overstate the resources of your jobs. In fact, slurm works with a fair share concept: if you book resources, whatever you use them or not. In future submissions, slurm will consider that you have actually consumed those resources. Potentially, you could be considered a greedy user and have lower priority than a user who has correctly defined his resources for the same amount of work done.


MaxWallDurationPerJob MaxJobs MaxSubmitJobs FairSharePriority
leria-user 14 days 10000 99
guest-user 7 days 20 50 1

Disk space quota

See also usage policy and data storage.

By default the quota of disk space is limited to 50GB. You can easily find out which files take up the most space with the command:

 user@stargate~ # ncdu

Data storage

You can also see global architecture.

The compute cluster uses a pool of distributed storage servers beegfs. This beegfs storage is independent of the compute servers. This storage area is naturally accessible in the tree of any compute node under /home/$USER. Since this storage is remote, all read/write in your home is network dependent. Our Beegfs storage and the underlying network are very powerful, but for some heavy processing, you might be better off using local disks from the compute servers. To do this, you can use the /local_working_directory directory of the calculation servers. This directory works in the same way as /tmp except that the data is persistent when the server is restarted.

Advanced use

Array jobs

You should start by reading the official documentation.

If you have a large number of files or parameters to process with a single executable, you must use a array job.

It's easy to implement, just add the –array option to our batch script:

Parametric tests

It's easy to use the array jobs to do parametric tests. That is, use the same executable, possibly on the same file, but by varying a parameter in options of the executable. For that, if the parameters are contiguous or regular, one will use a batch like this one:

#SBATCH -J Job_regular_parameter
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=1
#SBATCH -t 10:00:00
#SBATCH --array=0-9     
#SBATCH -p intel-E5-2670
#SBATCH -o %A-%a.out
#SBATCH -e %A-%a.err
#SBATCH --mail-type=end,fail
/path/to/exec --paramExecOption $SLURM_ARRAY_TASK_ID 

The –array option can take special syntaxes, for irregular values or for value jumps:

# irregular values 0,3,7,11,35,359
# value jumps of +2: 1, 3, 5 et 7

Multiple instances job

It is common to run a program many times over many instances (benchmark).

Let the following tree:

├── error
├── instances
│   ├── bench1.txt
│   ├── bench2.txt
│   └── bench3.txt
├── job_name_exec
├── output
└── submit_instances_dir.slurm

It is easy to use an array job to execute job_name_exec on all the files to be processed in the instances directory. Just run the following command:

mkdir error output 2>/dev/null || sbatch --job-name=$(basename $PWD) --array=0-$(($(ls -1 instances|wc -l)-1)) submit_instances_dir.slurm

with the following batch file submit_instances_dir.slurm:

#SBATCH --mail-type=END,FAIL
#SBATCH --mail-user=YOUR-EMAIL
#SBATCH -o output/%A-%a
#SBATCH -e error/%A-%a
./job_name_exec ${INSTANCES[$SLURM_ARRAY_TASK_ID]}

Dependencies between job

You can determine dependencies between jobs through the –depend sbatch options:

# job can begin after the specified jobs have started
sbatch --depend=after:123_4 my.job
#job can begin after the specified jobs have run to completion with an exit code of zero
sbatch --depend=afterok:123_4:123_8 my.job2
# job can begin after the specified jobs have terminated
sbatch --depend=afterany:123 my.job
# job can begin after the specified array_jobs have completely and successfully finish 
sbatch --depend=afterok:123 my.job

You can also see this page.

Steps jobs

The use of the steps jobs should only be done in very rare cases. Most of the time, you should come out with array jobs, which also allows the scheduler (slurm) to be more efficient for job placement.

You can use the steps jobs for multiple and varied executions.

The steps jobs:

Each step can use n tasks (task) on N compute nodes (-n and -N options of srun). A task has CPU-per-task CPU at its disposal, and there are ntasks allocated by step.


#SBATCH --job-name=nameOfJob  	                        
#SBATCH --cpus-per-task=1		                # Allocation of 1 CPUs per task
#SBATCH --ntasks=2			                # Tasks number : 2
#SBATCH --mail-type=END	                                # Email notification
#SBATCH	        # at the end of job.
# Step of 2 Tasks
# 2 Step in parallel (because &): task1 and task2 run in parallel. There is only one task per Step (option -n1)
srun -n1 -N1 /path/to/task1 -threads $SLURM_CPUS_PER_TASK &
srun -n1 -N1 /path/to/task2 -threads $SLURM_CPUS_PER_TASK &
# We wait for the end of task1 and task2 before running the last step

Steps creation shell bash structure according to the source of the data

From here

# Loop on the elements of an array (here files) :
files=('file1' 'file2' 'file3' ...)
for f in "${files[@]}"; do
	# Adapt "-n1" and "-N1" according to your needs
	srun -n1 -N1 [...] "$f" &
# Loop on the files of a directory:
while read f; do
	# Adapt "-n1" and "-N1" according to your needs
	srun -n1 -N1 [...] "$f" &
done < <(ls "/path/to/files/")
# Use "ls -R" or "find" for a recursive file path
# Reading line by line of a file:
while read line; do
	# Adapt "-n1" and "-N1" according to your needs
	srun -n1 -N1 [...] "$line" &
done <"/path/to/file"

Use OpenMp ?

Just add the –cpus-per-task option and export the variable OMP_NUM_THREADS

# openmp_exec.slurm
#SBATCH --job-name=hello
#SBATCH --output=openmp_exec.out
#SBATCH --error=openmp_exec.err
#SBATCH --mail-type=end
#SBATCH --nodes=1
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=1
#SBATCH --partition=intel-E5-2695
#SBATCH --cpus-per-task=20

Specific use

Ssh access of compute nodes

By default, it's impossible to connect ssh directly to the compute nodes. However, if it's justified, we can easily make temporary exceptions. In this case, please make an explicit request to technique [at]


GPU cards are present on star nodes {242,253,254}:

Currently, version 9.1 of cuda-sdk-toolkit is installed.

These nodes are currently out of slurm submission lists (although the gpu partition already exists). To be able to use it, thank you to make the explicit request to technique [at]

Lists of users allowed to use gpu nodes currently (in ssh):

RAM node

The leria has a node consisting of 1.5 TB of ram, it's about star243.

This node is accessible by submission via slurm (ram partition). To be able to use it, thank you to make the explicit request to technique [at]

Lists of users allowed to use ram nodes currently (in ssh):

Lists of users allowed to use ram nodes currently (via slurm):


Leria has an academic license for the Cplex software.

The path to the library cplex is the default path /opt/ibm/ILOG/CPLEX_Studio129 (version 12.9)


user@stargate~# salloc
This is a default behavior. The command actually passed is:
srun -n1 -N1 --mem-per-cpu=0 --pty --preserve-env --cpu-bind=no --mpi=none $SHELL
user@stargate~# srun -w NODE_NAME -n1 -N1 --pty bash -i 

You can use the following misc bibtex entry to cite the compute cluster in your posts:

    title = {High Performance Computing Cluster of LERIA},
    year = {2018},
    note = {slurm/debian cluster of 27 nodes(700 logical CPU, 2 nvidia GPU tesla k20m, 1 nvidia P100 GPU), 120TB of beegfs scratch storage}

Error during job submission

srun: error: Unable to allocate resources: Requested node configuration is not available

This probably means that you are trying to use a node without having to specify the partition in which it's located. You must use the -p or –partition option followed by the name of the partition in which the node is located. To have this information, you can do:

user@stargate# scontrol show node NODE_NAME|grep Partitions

Lists of install software for high performance calculating

Via apt-get

Via pip

GPU node via apt-get

Software installation

Maybe a program is missing from the list above. In this case, 5 options are available to you:

Visualize the load of the high-performance computing cluster

For the links below, you will need to authenticate with your login and password ldap (idem ENT).

Cluster load overview

Details per node

You can select the node you are interested in using the drop-down menu “HOST”