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This page is intended as a quick introduction for new users submitting their first job to the HPRC Cluster. A few things that new users should be aware of:

  • Typically, jobs are not run in an interactive manner, except when:
    • users are running small one off jobs
    • evaluating the resources required for bigger jobs
    • using graphical applications like MATLAB
    • Examples of interactive jobs:
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  • HPRC Cluster software is not run in a window on their desktop, neither is it launched by clicking on it in a network drive (see HPRC Fileshares).
  • Users need to log into the cluster and inform the job scheduler about their job and it will run it when it can.


Table of Contents

Logging In

The first step in using the HPRC Cluster is to log in to the login node -


titleLogging into the Cluster


Software Packages

The HPRC Cluster uses environment modules to manage the available software packages. This allows multiple versions of the same software to be installed without interfearing with each other. To enable the environment module systemthe following command needs to be executed on the command line:

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-bash-4.1$ source /etc/profile.d/


The software that is available on the HPRC clusted is listed here: HPRC User Software.  Alternately you can query the software available on the cluster with the following commands:



module avail

A list of available software is displayed

module help <software>

Version number and brief synopsis is displayed for <software>

titleExample "module avail" run on the Thu Mar 6 11:19:21 EST 2014
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-bash-4.1$ module avail
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /usr/share/Modules/modulefiles ----------------------------------------------------
MPInside/3.5.1     compiler/gcc-4.4.5 module-cvs         modules            mpich2-x86_64      null               perfcatcher
chkfeature         dot                module-info        mpi/intel-4.0      mpt/2.05           perfboost          use.own
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /etc/modulefiles -----------------------------------------------------------
compat-openmpi-x86_64 openmpi-x86_64
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /sw/modules -------------------------------------------------------------
4ti2                      blast/2.2.23              crimap_Monsanto           hdf5                      migrate/3.6(default)      picard-tools              tmap/1.1
BEDTools                  blast/2.2.29(default)     dx                        hmmer                     mira                      proj                      tmhmm
EMBOSS                    bowtie                    elph                      ima2                      modeltest                 pvm                       topali
GMT                       bwa/0.7.4(default)        enmtools                  jags                      molphy                    r8s                       towhee
Macaulay2                 caftools                  fasta                     java                      mpich2                    rainbowcrack              towhee-openmpi
Python/2.7                cap3                      fastme                    jcusmart                  mrbayes                   rpfits                    trans-abyss
R/2.15.1(default)         carthagene/1.2.2(default) ffmpeg                    jmodeltest                mrmodeltest               ruby/1.9.3                tree-puzzle
R/3.0.0                   carthagene/1.3.beta       fftw2                     lagan                     msbayes                   ruby/2.0.0                trinityrnaseq
abyss                     casacore                  fftw3                     lamarc                    ncar                      samtools                  udunits
ariadne                   cernlib                   garli                     lapack                    netcdf                    scalapack                 udunits2
arlequin                  cfitsio                   gdal                      libyaml/0.1.4             netphos                   scipy                     velvet
asap                      chlorop                   glimmer                   matlab/2008b              numpy                     seadas/6.2                wcslib
atlas                     clipper                   glpk                      matlab/2012a              oases                     seg                       wise2
bayesass                  clustalw                  gmp                       matlab/2012b              octave                    signalp                   wwatch3
beagle                    cluster                   gnu/4.1.2                 matlab/2013a(default)     openbugs                  sprng                     yasm
beast                     cns                       gnu/4.4.0                 maxent                    openjdk                   ssaha2                    zonation
beast-1.5.4               coils                     gnuplot                   maxima                    openmpi                   stacks
bfast                     colony2                   grass                     merlin                    pari                      structure
blacs                     consel                    gromacs                   migrate/3.2.15            paup                      targetp
blas                      crimap                    hdf                       migrate/3.5.1             phyml                     tclreadline/2.1.0


Running Jobs

To run a job on the cluster create a shell script containing the PBS Directives containing the information required by the scheduler to schedule the job, and the job commands.

Example: paup witth the ML_analysis.nex sample file


Other Examples

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Job Resources

It is important to match resources requested with the PBS Directives in your script and the resource usage of your job. There can be consequences for incorrectly specifiying these resource requirements

  • Walltime: your job can be killed if it exceeds the specified wall time.
  • Memory: overusing memory can cause the compute node's memory to be pushed into swap space, slowing down all jobs on that node. This has also killed compute nodes in the past, destroying
  • CPUs: using more cpus than requested can slow down all jobs running on that node.


Furthor Reading

  1. HPRC Cluster Explained
  2. HPRC Cluster Job Management Explained
  3. HPRC PBS script files