HPC General Use Policy

This document describes acceptable usage of the Research Computing Center's High Performance Computing cluster at the Florida State University. These policies were endorsed by the HPC advisory panel in order to ensure the fair use and sustainability of this university resource.

If you have any questions or remarks about the policies described herein, please contact the RCC Director.

Use of the HPC signifies compliance with and acceptance of policies contained on this web site.

System Misuse

The HPC is a shared system; therefore, your actions can impact the work of other users. The HPC is not comparable to a desktop machine; i.e., practices that are acceptable on your desktop can have serious impacts on the HPC system and can affect many other users. The following is list of general guidelines that every HPC user should follow.

  • Do not run long interactive or non-interactive jobs on the HPC Login Nodes. Use the scheduling system to submit your job.
  • Do not overallocate parallel jobs. Make certain that your job uses the number of processors that you have requested or reserved.
  • Do not run highly experimental code that might compromise the usability of the login nodes, the network fabric, any of the compute nodes, or the shared storage system.

The RCC staff may take the following action immediately if an abuse of the system is identified:

  • Offending jobs will be suspended and help will be offered to resolve the issues.
  • Offending user accounts will be suspended following a review by the HPC Advisory Panel. Reviews will be conducted if a user misuses the system two or more times after being warned.

Policy Disputes

Appeals concerning the general user policy described herein or any actions taken by RCC staff should be made to the RCC Director. If the RCC Director cannot identify a mutually agreeable resolution then appeals should be made in writing to the HPC advisory panel chair. The advisory panel chair will distribute appeals to the members of the advisory panel for discussion and resolution. The decision of the panel is final.