The following points are related to the installation of software for use on the HPC cluster:
The most up to date version of scientific software installed on HPC cluster nodes can be obtained by logging onto
zodiac.hpc.jcu.edu.au (using an SSH client) and using the following command:
The list of installed software will be quite long. The environment for a given software package can usually be setup using one of the commands:
module load <software> module load <software>/<version>
<software> is replaced by the module name and, if required, <
version> is replaced by the specific version desired.
JCU HPC cluster nodes are built on the RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL 6.x) operating system. There are two main reasons for this choice:
JCU HPC also runs a small VMware ESXi cluster (2 servers) that can be used to deliver small Windows systems to satisfy eResearch requirements that cannot be solved on Linux (e.g., web services, databases, or Windows compute). Researchers wanting to run other flavours of Linux (e.g., Ubuntu) should look to taking advantage of NeCTAR resources.
Yellow shaded shells indicate that the software version is only available through use of environment modules.
Please note that there is an almost endless list of scientific software that could be installed on HPC systems. Unless a request is received, HPC staff do not try to guess what software (inc. version) you need/want to use. While you may be able to install software yourself, generally you should avoid doing this - it is an unsustainable practice in terms of power, cost, and time (whole of JCU view). Additionally, software installed by HPC staff will reside on a different filesystem to where users home directories are located - improving performance at times of high IO load on filesystem(s) containing home directories. Extra information about software highlighted by a light green background colour is supplied at the end of this page.
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The following Linux shells are available on HPC systems (
bash is the default):
The following archiving/compression applications are available on HPC systems:
Note that the versions of
unzip installed on HPC have an upper size limit of 2GB. Most active HPC users consume significantly more than 2GB of disk space. If you need assistance with using
tar, please contact HPC staff.