The next scheduled maintenance session will be Tuesday 9th December 2014 from 12:00 until 17:00. There will be no access to the system during this time.
Shaheen becomes Shaheen1
In readiness for the introduction of our new Cray XC40 supercomputer, shaheen.hpc.kaust.edu.sa has been renamed to shaheen1.hpc.kaust.edu.sa. Both names currently reference the existing Shaheen front end nodes (fen1 and fen2), but with effect from 1st January, the shaheen.hpc.kaust.edu.sa name will be disabled in readiness for the new service. We encourage all users to start using the new name as soon as possible.
KSL organised events at WEP 2015
The KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Scientists are organising two academic lectures for the Winter Enrichment Program - WEP 2015. Shaheen users are encouraged to participate and take advantage of this opportunity. The proposed sessions are as follows:
WEP735: Emerging programming models in high performance computing and big data analytics
On Sunday 11th January from 09:30 To 12:00 and Monday 12th January, from 09:30 To 12:00 and from 14:00 To 16:00 Please register using this link http://www.acadox.com/class/11118 By Edgar Gabriel (University of Houston), Malek Smaoui (KAUST CEMSE) and Saber Feki (KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory)
WEP522: The Evolution of the Universe in a Computer: A Walk through the World of Supercomputers
On Sunday, 11th January from 14:00 to 16:00. Please register using this link: http://www.acadox.com/class/11146 By Christian Klingenberg (Wuerzburg University in Germany) and Samar Aseeri (KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory)
Tip of the week: Software Modules
The Modules system manages a user's shell environment. Modules can be "loaded" and "unloaded" in a clean fashion. Loading a module typically alters or sets shell environment variables such as PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, etc.
Useful module commands include:
module avail # lists available modules
module list # lists currently loaded modules
module help moduleName # help on the module
module display moduleName # displays changes that are made to the environment by loading the module
module load moduleName # loads the module
module unload moduleName # unloads the module and removes all changes that it made in the environment
module purge # unloads all modules
KSL Announcements archives can be viewed at http://www2.hpc.kaust.edu.sa/mailman/private/announce.
Questions, concerns, or problems related to Shaheen should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. From there your issue will be assigned to an appropriate primary contact who will track your issue to resolution. We may sometimes have to request items from KAUST IT or other service providers.
Getting an account
FAQs on the process and requirements for obtaining access to the Shaheen Systems are available here.
Getting an account on Shaheen is a three-step process and is detailed in this flowchart.
You should consult our Terms and Conditions of Usage.
- Your organisation or department must submit the Organisational Access Application, establishing a relationship between your home organisation and the KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory (KSL).
- You (or your Principal Investigator) must submit a Project Proposal describing the work to be done and the resources your project will require.
- You must submit an Individual Account Application, supplying identification information from which we can generate login credentials.
Use the secure submission form to submit credentials or other private information.
Accessing KSL Systems
After you have been given login credentials (i.e., a username and password) you will be able to access any Shaheen systems to which you have been granted access. Primary computational access to Shaheen and Neser is available via the ssh (secure shell) protocol.
PIs are required to submit periodic project reports during the course of their work on the KSL systems, there is a template available for this.
Data Centre Visits
To request a visit to the Data Centre, in the first instance, please complete this form.
Because the Shaheen Systems are a widely shared resource, user reservations are not encouraged. However, if a user feels that making a reservation for dedicated access to all or part of the Shaheen systems is essential for their work, then KSL will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis within the bounds of the following guidelines:
- A minimum of 14 days, preferably 30 days, notice is required for all reservations.
- The maximum duration allowed for a reservation will be 48 hours.
- A reservation may request dedicated access to between 1 and 16 racks of the Shaheen BG/P system. Reservations of less than 1 rack of BG/P will not be permitted.
- Users’ project accounts will be charged for all racks reserved for the entire reservation period, regardless of whether they are all used or not.
- There are no guarantees that a reservation request will be accepted.
Exceptions to this policy may be allowed based on the merits of a request, but very rarely.
- If a user has a complaint about a KSL decision relating to resource allocation, and the user remains unhappy after discussing their concerns with KSL Management, users can request arbitration from the Chairman of the KSL Resource Allocation Committee (KSL RAC) (currently Dr David Keyes). If the user remains unhappy with the decision of the Chairman of the KSL RAC, users can request arbitration from the Chairman of the KSL Management Committee (KSLMC).
- If a user has a complaint about KSL policies, or other matters not relating to resource allocation, and the user remains unhappy after discussing their concerns with KSL Management, users can request arbitration from the Chairman of the KSL Management Committee (KSLMC).
- Get a quick look at the machines.