HPC Class

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HPC Class partitions are Slurm partitions on ISU HPC's Nova cluster that are dedicated to education and class use. 

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Requesting Access to Class Partitions

HPC Class partitions are available for classes. Instructors on record can request access to Class partitions for themselves and the students on their class lists via this form

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Hardware Overview

Number of NodesProcessors per NodeCores per NodeMemory per NodeLocal $TMPDIR DiskGPUInterconnect
28Two 2.6 GHz 32-core Intel 8358 CPUs64500 GB Available1.6 TB NVMeN/A100 Gb/s IB
3Two 2.65 GHz 24-core AMD Epyc 7413 CPUs48500 GB Available960 GB NVMeEight Nvidia A100 80GB GPUs100 Gb/s IB

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Accessing HPC Class Partitions on Nova

The HPC Class partitions are Slurm partitions on ISU HPC's Nova Cluster. Follow the directions to login to the Nova cluster here: Nova Access and Login Guide

Partition NameMax Time (Hrs:Min:Sec)Nodes in Partition (Variable)

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Launching Jobs in Class Partitions

To launch a job in Class partitions, specify a class partition with -p. To specify the class account to run Slurm jobs with, use the -A option. For example, a user in the class ABCD495 in Fall of 2022 with an associated Slurm account of f2022.ABCD.495.1 could run the salloc command:

salloc -p class-short -N 1 -n 4 -t 15 -A f2022.ABCD.495.1

Class instructors and TAs will need to specify account class-faculty instead:

salloc -p class-short -N 1 -n 4 -t 15 -A class-faculty


An sbatch script to request the same allocation would be as follows:


# Copy/paste this job script into a text file and submit with the command:
#    sbatch thefilename
# job standard output will go to the file slurm-%j.out (where %j is the job ID)

#SBATCH --time=00:15:00   # walltime limit (HH:MM:SS)
#SBATCH --nodes=1   # number of nodes
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=4   # 4 processor core(s) per node
#SBATCH --partition=class-short    # class node(s)
#SBATCH --account=f2022.ABCD.495.1    #account to use


To view current Class partitions and their status, a user could run the sinfo command and search for 'class':

sinfo | grep class

Note: Users with multiple classes that utilize the cluster or users encountering "Invalid account or account/partition combination specified" errors should specify their relevant class account. 

For more information on Slurm commands, see the Managing jobs using Slurm Workload Manager guide. For sample job scripts to use with the sbatch command, see the Slurm script generator for Nova

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Class Storage

There are three class-specific storage locations on Nova: 

  • /work/class-faculty - Location for instructors to store course documents and files.
  • /work/classtmp - Temporary storage location for job data. Available to all students and instructors. The files will be deleted at semester end. Files that are desired to be retained should be moved from /work/classtmp before then. 
  • /work/class-old-home - Read-only export of the old home directories of the defunct HPC-Class standalone cluster which was replaced in August 2022 by HPC Class partitions on Nova. If you were a recent user and had files in your home directory on the old Class cluster, you can recover them from this location. 

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