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. See the MOAB Documentation for help on how to run an interactive job, or use the Spear Cluster.
  • Do not overallocate parallel jobs. Make certain that your job uses the number of processors that you have requested or reserved.
  • Do not 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.

Dedicated Time Slots

Four times per calendar year the HPC system is taken off line and shut down in order to perform scheduled maintenance. Immediately following scheduled maintenance periods a period of 48 hours is reserved for users to run large parallel jobs for the majority of the HPC facility to test the efficiency of code and to conduct scaling experiments.

The HPC advisory panel will review proposals for dedicated use of the HPC. Your request for access to a dedicated time slot must meet the following criteria:

  • The person submitting the request must have an HPC account
  • The person submitting the request must justify the request
  • The person submitting the request must demonstrate readiness within two weeks of the dedicated run period.
  • The job run must complete within 24 hours
  • The job run must one half or more of all HPC processor cores

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.