Bridges User Guide
Until June 1, 2017, allocations for Bridges are given for "Bridges regular" or "Bridges large", and "Bridges regular" includes the use of Bridges' GPU nodes. After that time, the GPU nodes will be allocated and charged for separately.
The RSM nodes are allocated as "Bridges regular". Until June 1, 2017, this includes all Bridges' GPU nodes. Service Units are defined in terms of compute resources:
1 SU = 1 core-hour
The LSM and ESM nodes are allocated as "Bridges large". Service Units are defined in terms of memory requested:
1 SU = 1 TB-hour
Until June 1, 2017, Bridges GPU nodes are part of "Bridges regular" allocations. They are charged at the same rate as RSM nodes. Beginning June 1, 2017, Bridges GPU nodes will be allocated and charged for separately from the RSM nodes.
Bridges contains two kinds of GPU nodes: NVIDIA Tesla K80s and NVIDIA Tesla P100s. Because of the difference in the performance of the nodes, the charges will be different for the two types of nodes.
The K80 nodes hold 4 GPU units each, each of which can be allocated separately. Service units (SUs) are defined in terms of GPU-hours:
1 GPU-hour = 1 SU
Note that the use of an entire K80 GPU node for one hour would be charged 4 SUs.
The P100 nodes hold 2 GPU units each, which can be allocated separately. Service units (SUs) are defined in terms of GPU-hours:
1 GPU-hour = 2.5 SUs
Note that the use of an entire P100 node for one hour would be charged 5 SUs.
Transferring Regular Memory SUs to GPU SUs
Beginning May 1, you can transfer some of your Regular Memory allocation to a GPU allocation. To do this, submit a transfer request through the XSEDE User Portal. Instructions for submitting a transfer request are found here: https://portal.xsede.org/knowledge-base/-/kb/document/avva
Managing multiple grants
If you have more than one grant, be sure to charge your usage to the correct one. Usage is tracked by group name.
Find your group names
To find your group names, use the
will list all the groups you belong to.
Find your current group
will list the group you associated with your current session.
Change your default group
Your primary group is charged with all usage by default. To change your primary group, the group to which your SLURM jobs are charged by default, use the
change_primary_group command. Type:
to see all your groups. Then type
to set groupname as your default group.
Charging for batch or interactive use
Batch jobs and interactive sessions are charged to your primary group by default. To charge your usage to a different group, you must specify the appropriate group with the
-A groupname option to the SLURM sbatch command. See the Running Jobs section of this Guide for more information on batch jobs, interactive sessions and SLURM.
Tracking your usage
There are several methods you can use to track your Bridges usage. The xdusage command is available on Bridges. There is a man page for xdusage. The
projects command will also help you keep tabs on your usage. It shows grant information, including usage and the pylon directories associated with the grant.
For more detailed accounting data you can use the Grant Management System. You can also track your usage through the XSEDE User Portal. The xdusage and projects command and the XSEDE Portal accurately reflect the impact of a Grant Renewal but the Grant Management System currently does not.