New nodes test installation

I installed the software on the new cluster nodes. Unfortunately, I’m having heavy problems with the network interface of these nodes. I installed a new kernel/better drivers on some of the new nodes for testing. It seems to work, but I would like to make sure that it
actually does.

So if you have time and something not-so-mission-critical to compute or just want to mess with the new cluster, go ahead! Go wild! And watch the network connection… :)

Nodes currently up for testing are c2-0, c2-1, c2-2, c2-3, c2-5 and c2-6. The queues for the new cluster 2 are named short2, medium2 and long2 (surprise!)

The specs of the new cluster can be found on the Cluster Composition Page.

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Restricted user access to majorana

In order to protect majorana.ulb.ac.be better from broken programs and other faults, I restricted the users access. From now on, the following restrictions apply for all users:

  • max. 300 MB of memory
  • max. 100 active processes

These limits should not at all interfer with your daily work. They are only an upper boundary to prevent catastrophic failures.

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Java 6.0 installed

I installed Java 6.0 on the cluster. Execute the two commands in your shell and/or script if you want to use it:


export PATH="/usr/java/jdk1.6.0_05/bin/:$PATH"
export JAVA_HOME="/usr/java/jdk1.6.0_05/"

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Cluster Maintainance finished

The first part of the cluster maintainance has been finished. Here are the changes:

  • from now on, users can write up to 60 GB in /tmp
  • users cannot crash the system anymore by filling up the root partition

Up to now, this applies only to nodes of the old cluster (c0-xx). The conversion of the new cluster (c1-xx) is going to take place in ~2 weeks.

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