What is HPCaVe ?

HPCaVe is a group of two platforms hosted by Sorbonne Université. It consists of :

  • A computing platform (MeSU) delivering more than 35 million core-hours each year, and
  • A visualization room (ViSU) with a wide stereoscopic projection system.

The primary mission of these platforms is to support the Sorbonne-Université research community in its computing and data processing activities.

Who is eligible to use HPCaVe resources ?

Please refer to the account creation page to know if you are eligible.

How much do these services cost ?

Please consult the latest price table.

Computing on MeSU Platform

What is a High-Performance Computer?

A High-Performance Computer (or Supercomputer) is a set of high-end resources dedicated to intensive computations and data processing.

What operating system runs on MeSU Supercomputer ?

See the following page :  presentation of MeSU

Is there a difference between MeSU-alpha, MeSU-beta and MeSU-gamma ?

Yes , these three sets of resources correspond are fit for different kind of workloads and computation.
See the following page :  presentation of MeSU

How to sign up for a computing account ?

Please visit the account creation page.

What does a computing account give me access to ?

A computing account gives you access to all computing resources of the platform, that includes each computing system and its storage.

How can I change/reset my password ?

To recover your password, simply log in to auth.annuaire.upmc.fr and ask to receive it by e-mail.

My account is deactivated/suspended ? How can I reactivate it?

Please follow the account creation/renewal process.

Are my data protected ?

User data are kept isolated from others. With our Linux systems, another user cannot see nor access your program and data.  IT experts insure data integrity through various security measures.

Are my data backed up ?

There is no backups for your data.

Do I have quotas to respect ?

Yes, concerning the home directory  which is subject to a disk quota of 30 GB. When the home directory disk quota is exceeded, users will have their oldest files tagged for deletion and the latter will be completed at the specified date. Data files stored in the work directory will be erased 3 months after their last access, modification or creation.

Visualization room

What is ViSU ?

See the following page : presentation of ViSU

How can I book the visualisation room ?

In order to book the room you can send your request from this website through the application form.

Technical issues

I have never used supercomputer before. Is there support ?

Yes, we can help you getting started. In addition, you’ll find a quickstart guide and usage  information on this website.

Where can I ask a technical question or send a software installation request ?
(troubles to run/compile a program, performance issue, etc.)

For all your technical request, you can contact us directly by email or using the application form

How many jobs can I submit ?

Currently, you can submit up to 64 jobs at the same time.

Useful commands

How can I see my space disk ?

The command line  quota -u -s username  gives you your disk occupation and limits in human readble format

How do I know that my job is running ?

With the command line you can see your job status qstat  -u + username  if you see the letter:

  • R it will means that your job is running
  • H it will means that your job is on hold
  • Q it will means that your jobs is queued

How can I delete a job ?

The command line qdel  myjobID will allow you to delete your jobs

Why did my job failed ?

The command line qstat -f  myjobID  will give you the reason why your job failed

Is it possible to locate my job ?

The command line tracejob  myjobID  will show to which nodes  your jobs went