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Town Hall, November 29th, Thursday, 1PM-3PM, Lecture Hall, Annenberg Building A12-01, 12th floor
We will discuss the activities made on Minerva cluster in 2018 as well as our plans and upgrades for 2019, which includes:

  • Compute nodes and infrastructure upgrade
  • OS upgrade
  • Storage upgrade
  • New queueing structure on LSF
  • Containers
  • Interactive GPUs
  • New module system

New queue for GPU jobs
A new gpu queue is constructed for gpu jobs. To submit to this queue, please specify the queue name and the GPU card type. For example:
$ bsub -n 1 -P acc_xxx -q gpu -R "k20" -W 0:05 echo "Hello World"
$ bsub -n 1 -P acc_xxx -q gpu -R "p100" -W 0:05 echo "Hello World"
Note: flag “-R gpu” and “-m hostname” is no longer needed. Flag `-R "rusage[ngpus_excl_p=n]"` is still required for the GPU resources, the default value is 1.

INTEL Parallel Studio packages updates
INTEL 2019 Parallel Studio (Compilers and tools) has been installed. The latest version of Intel’s Parallel Studio includes C, C++, Fortran, Intel MPI, etc. It can be accessed by specifying: module load intel/parallel_studio_xe_2019. Starting Tuesday, 9 Oct, it will be the default so that “module load intel” will load the 2019 version.

The 2013 and 2015 versions of Intel’s Parallel Studio package is from the system on 15 Oct. The 2018 and 2019 versions will be the only ones available.

Updating default R version from R 3.3.1 to R 3.5.1 (latest)
The default R version will be upgraded to 3.5.1. Please test your corresponding program. If you would like to stick to version 3.3.1, please use "module load R/3.3.1" or "module swap R R/3.3.1".

Web server upgrade
Web server web2 is upgrades to Centos 6.9, together with PHP to version 5.6. Please validate your website code and replace the deprecated packages if needed.

Slided for introductory tutorial sessions
The slides for training sessions are available for download at

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