Euler III Beta Testing

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The Euler III extension to the Euler cluster will be put into production on Wednesday, 20 May 2017.

Serial jobs or single-node parallel jobs using from 1 to 4 cores and use up to 30 GB of total memory per node are good candidates to run on these nodes.

For one month after these nodes enter production, you can force or prevent your jobs from running there. To force your job to run on these nodes, request the “-R beta” bsub option:

bsub -R beta [other bsub options] ./my_command

To prevent your job from running on these nodes, request the “-R stable” bsub option:

bsub -R stable [other bsub options] ./my_command

Known issues

Missing libraries
Euler III nodes run CentOS 7, unlike the rest of Euler, which runs CentOS 6. Some libraries may be missing. See Missing libraries below if you encounter problems.
Infiniband and MPI
Euler III nodes do not have an Infiniband network, but they do have a fast, low-latency Ethernet interconnect. See Submitting parallel jobs below for details.
NAS NFS mounts
Euler III nodes are in a different IP range than the rest of the Euler nodes. If you use your own NAS, then you need to change the export rules and/or update your firewall to include the new IP addresses. The NAS shares provided by the Storage Group of the IT Services have been automatically changed to include the new IP ranges.
Back connections (from Euler to external server)
If your job connects to your workstation or another external server, you will need to change your firewall and/or access rules because Euler III nodes are in a different IP range than the rest of the Euler nodes.
Jobs submitted from Euler III nodes can only run on other Euler III nodes.
Jobs submitted on a CentOS 7 must run on another CentOS 7 node. For now, only Euler III can run such jobs.

Submitting beta jobs

To submit a job to run on the beta Euler III nodes, you must request the beta resource, e.g.,

bsub -R beta [other bsub options] ./my_command

Submitting parallel jobs

While the Euler III nodes are targeted to serial and shared-memory parallel jobs, multi-node parallel jobs are still accepted.

You need to tell the system that Infiniband is not available,

module load interconnect/ethernet

before loading the MPI module. Then you need to request at most four cores per node:

bsub -R beta -R "span[ptile=4]" [other bsub options] ./my_command
Open MPI
Open MPI 1.6.5 has been tested to work with acceptable performance.
Open MPI 2.0.2 has been tested to work
MVAPICH2 2.1 works but preliminary results show low scalability. You need to load the interconnect/ethernet module.
Intel MPI
Intel MPI 5.1.3 has been tested.


Missing libraries

Euler III nodes run CentOS 7, which includes many updated libraries. We have included as many backward-compatible libraries as possible in the default system. However, due to stability and operational concerns, there are some that we had to install as a separate module.

If your program aborts with an error message such as

[leonhard@eu-ms-001-01 ~]$ ./some_program
some_program: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

but it works on the other, older, Euler nodes, then one of the libraries is not found.

Self-compiled programs

If you have built your program yourself, then for now it is advisable to load the “legacy” and “centos_cruft/6” modules before submitting your beta job (or before calling your program within your job shell script). For example,

[leonhard@euler00 ~]$ module load legacy centos_cruft/6
[leonhard@euler00 ~]$ bsub -R beta ./my_program

Euler-provided programs and modules

Let us know if you encounter this problem when using a program provided by us so we can fix it for all users. Please include the error message in your report.