ALTAS Cluster

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This is a private cluster, accessible to only users in dm24_0001 project.


  • Head node:
  • Access modes: ssh
  • OpenHPC 2.3 with Rocky Linux 8.4
  • 4 compute nodes (c0001-c0004). Each node has dual 64-core AMD EPYC 7713 processors, 1 TB of RAM, and 4 NVidia A100 GPUs.
  • Hyperthreading is enabled on all nodes, i.e., each physical core is considered to consist of two logical CPUs
  • Interconnect is 100 Gbps ethernet
  • Submit HELP requests: help OR by sending an email to CAC support please include Altas in the subject area.

File Systems

Home Directories

  • Path: ~

User home directories is located on a NFS export from the head node. Use your home directory (~) for archiving the data you wish to keep. Data in user's home directories are NOT backed up.


  • The cluster scheduler is Slurm. All nodes are configured to be in the "normal" partition with no time limits. See Slurm documentation page for details. See the Requesting GPUs section for information on how to request GPUs on compute nodes for your jobs.
  • Remember, hyperthreading is enabled on the cluster, so Slurm considers each physical core to consist of two logical CPUs.
  • Partitions (queues):
Name Description Time Limit
normal all nodes, each node with 4 Nvidia A100 GPUs no limit


Work with Environment Modules

Set up the working environment for each package using the module command. The module command will activate dependent modules if there are any.

To show currently loaded modules: (These modules are loaded by default system configurations)

-bash-4.2$ module list

Currently Loaded Modules:
  1) autotools   3) gnu9/9.3.0   5) libfabric/1.12.1   7) ohpc
  2) prun/2.1    4) ucx/1.9.0    6) openmpi4/4.0.5

To show all available modules (as of August 5, 2021):

-bash-4.2$ module avail

-------------------- /opt/ohpc/pub/moduledeps/gnu9-openmpi4 --------------------
   adios/1.13.1        netcdf-fortran/4.5.2    py3-mpi4py/3.0.3
   boost/1.75.0        netcdf/4.7.3            py3-scipy/1.5.1
   fftw/3.3.8          opencoarrays/2.9.2      quantum-espresso/6.8
   hypre/2.18.1        petsc/3.14.4            scalapack/2.1.0
   mfem/4.2            phdf5/1.10.6            slepc/3.14.2
   mumps/5.2.1         pnetcdf/1.12.1          superlu_dist/6.1.1
   netcdf-cxx/4.3.1    ptscotch/6.0.6          trilinos/13.0.0

------------------------ /opt/ohpc/pub/moduledeps/gnu9 -------------------------
   gsl/2.6        mpich/3.3.2-ofi    openmpi4/4.0.5   (L)
   hdf5/1.10.6    mvapich2/2.3.4     py3-numpy/1.19.0
   metis/5.1.0    openblas/0.3.7     superlu/5.2.1

-------------------------- /opt/ohpc/pub/modulefiles ---------------------------
   autotools    (L)    libfabric/1.12.1 (L)    os
   cmake/3.19.4        matlab/R2021a           prun/2.1        (L)
   cuda/11.5           nvhpc/21.9              ucx/1.9.0       (L)
   gnu9/9.3.0   (L)    ohpc             (L)    valgrind/3.16.1

   L:  Module is loaded

Use "module spider" to find all possible modules and extensions.
Use "module keyword key1 key2 ..." to search for all possible modules matching
any of the "keys".

To load a module and verify:

-bash-4.2$ module load matlab/R2021a
-bash-4.2$ module list

Currently Loaded Modules:
  1) autotools    4) ucx/1.9.0          7) ohpc
  2) prun/2.1     5) libfabric/1.12.1   8) openblas/0.3.7
  3) gnu9/9.3.0   6) openmpi4/4.0.5     9) R/4.1.0

To unload a module and verify:

-bash-4.2$ module unload R
-bash-4.2$ module list

Currently Loaded Modules:
  1) autotools   3) gnu9/9.3.0   5) libfabric/1.12.1   7) ohpc
  2) prun/2.1    4) ucx/1.9.0    6) openmpi4/4.0.5     8) matlab/R2021a

Install R Packages in Home Directory

If you need a new R package not installed on the system, you can install R packages in your home directory using these instructions.

Manage Modules in Your Python Virtual Environment

python3 (3.6) is installed. Users can manage their own python environment (including installing needed modules) using virtual environments. Please see the documentation on virtual environments on for details.

Create Virtual Environment

You can create as many virtual environments, each in their own directory, as needed.

  • python3: python3 -m venv <your virtual environment directory>

Activate Virtual Environment

You need to activate a virtual environment before using it:

source <your virtual environment directory>/bin/activate

Install Python Modules Using pip

After activating your virtual environment, you can now install python modules for the activated environment:

  • It's always a good idea to update pip first:
pip install --upgrade pip
  • Install the module:
pip install <module name>
  • List installed python modules in the environment:
pip list modules
  • Examples: Install tensorflow and keras like this:
-bash-4.2$ python3 -m venv tensorflow
-bash-4.2$ source tensorflow/bin/activate
(tensorflow) -bash-4.2$ pip install --upgrade pip
Collecting pip
  Using cached
Installing collected packages: pip
  Found existing installation: pip 18.1
    Uninstalling pip-18.1:
      Successfully uninstalled pip-18.1
Successfully installed pip-19.2.3
(tensorflow) -bash-4.2$ pip install tensorflow keras
Collecting tensorflow
  Using cached
Successfully installed absl-py-0.8.0 astor-0.8.0 gast-0.2.2 google-pasta-0.1.7 grpcio-1.23.0 h5py-2.9.0 keras-2.2.5 keras-applications-1.0.8  [...]
(tensorflow) -bash-4.2$ pip list modules
Package              Version
-------------------- -------
absl-py              0.8.0  
astor                0.8.0  
gast                 0.2.2  
google-pasta         0.1.7  
grpcio               1.23.0 
h5py                 2.9.0  
Keras                2.2.5  
Keras-Applications   1.0.8  
Keras-Preprocessing  1.1.0  
Markdown             3.1.1  
numpy                1.17.1 
pip                  19.2.3 
protobuf             3.9.1  
PyYAML               5.1.2  
scipy                1.3.1  
setuptools           40.6.2 
six                  1.12.0 
tensorboard          1.14.0 
tensorflow           1.14.0 
tensorflow-estimator 1.14.0 
termcolor            1.1.0  
Werkzeug             0.15.5 
wheel                0.33.6 
wrapt                1.11.2 

Software List

Software Path Notes
Intel oneAPI
  • module swap gnu9 intel; module swap openmpi4 impi
  • includes the HPC Toolkit with Intel MPI and Intel classic compilers (icc, ifort)
GCC 9.3
  • module load gnu9/9.3.0 (Loaded by default)
Open MPI 4.0.5
  • module load openmpi4/4.0.5 (Loaded by default)
Matlab R2021a
  • module load matlab/R2021a
Quantum Espresso 6.8
  • module load quantum-espresso/6.8


  • Submit questions or requests at help or by sending email to: Please include Hopper in the subject area.