Condor

NUIT Condor Pool

Service Name

NUIT Condor Pool for High-Throughput Computing.       

Service Description

The NUIT Condor Pool comprises up to approximately 900 windows PCs, coordinated for distributed high-throughput computing using the workload management software, Condor. This allows for staff and students to solve suitable computational problems by submitting short scripts (‘jobs’) to a Condor server. Condor is particularly well suited for tasks where the same processing needs to be applied to many different data sets, or for sweeping through many parameter values.

Features

Service features comprise:

  • Maintenance of a pool of 900-1000 Condor client nodes, mostly student cluster PCs.
  • Some user support is available from school-based support staff.

 

Please note that at this time, we cannot offer advice on writing or optimising code.

Users

This service is available to all staff and students at Newcastle University who require High Throughput Computing facilities.

Service Hours

User support can be requested at any time, but solutions and replies should only be expected during the times of 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday, excluding University closure periods.

The NUIT “at risk” period is 07:00-09:00 every Tuesday. Planned maintenance times will be publicised in advance if there will be a disruption to the service.

Level of Service

Condor’s computing resource is a by-product of spare capacity from the Student PC Cluster service.  Given this, the availability of compute nodes in the pool is subject to prioritisation by the PC cluster service’s requirements.

 

Support and Documentation

As a first resort, especially with regard to obtaining an account, and the basics of using the facility, service users should consult the main documentation, to be found at:

 

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/itservice/research/rescomp/condor/

All incidents relating to this service will be handled according to the IT Service incident management process.

Request Process

Service requests should be made via the IT Service Desk, using one of the following methods:

•             Telephone: 0191 208 5999

•             Self-service web page: https://nuservice.ncl.ac.uk/

All requests relating to this service will be handled according to the IT Service request fulfilment process.

User Responsibility

Users should have an understanding of basic command line Unix/Linux on shared systems. Users who lack skills and experience in research computing are encouraged to seek the support of their peers wherever possible. The responsibility for ensuring that users are equipped with the computational skills necessary to conduct their particular research lies with the respective PI and/or supervisor.

Costs

N/A.

The sections below are for internal NUIT use only and will not be published to users.

Service Manager

Janet Wheeler, Research and Collaborative Services Manager

Service Lead

Graham Collins, Research Computing Analyst.

Supporting Services, Components and Dependencies

Campus Network, Student cluster service

Metrics

N/A