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Cluster partitions

Cluster partitions are theoretical separations of resources to allow for different use cases. This is necessary needed so different types of jobs don't interfere with each other. Partitions are like different queues inside the whole cluster - a separate queue for regular jobs, long jobs or GPU jobs. Partitions can also have different limits and properties

Rocket cluster

If you want to use a specific partition, you need to specify the desired partition and time limit.

Partition DefaultTime MaxTimeLimit Nodes CPU cores1 Comments
testing 10 minutes 2 hours stage[1-8] 160 Only for short testing jobs.
main 10 minutes 8 days ares[1-20], artemis[1-20] 5120 Main job queue.
long 8 days 30 days sfr[9-12], bfr[3-4] 240 Long-running jobs.
AMD 10 minutes 8 days ares[1-20], artemis[1-20] 5120 High core density partition.
Intel 10 minutes 8 days sfr[1-12], bfr[1-4] 640 Partition with Intel architecture nodes.
GPU 10 minutes 8 days falcon[1-6], pegasus[1,2] 384 Utilising GPUs

To see the partitions on the head node by issuing the command:

scontrol show partition


By default, a job allocation uses 1 node with 1 CPU and 2 GB of memory. A user can have maximum of 1000 CPU cores at a time.


You can see the individual limits with the command:

sacctmgr show association where user=<username>

  1. The column "CPU cores" shows how many cores at maximum are available for all jobs using that particular partition.