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IT is currently setting up a new platform for high-performance and high-throughput computing. The system will be composed of dedicated and general-purpose resources. Due to larger changes required in the computing center, the common resources will become available early 2016.

For more detailed information on computing resources please consult the official IT pages.

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The Maxwell-Cluster will be composed of a core part as a major investment of DESY-IT planned for early 2016. The cluster will be composed of a core partition, partitions with specific capabilities like GPUs, and groups specific partitions. Partitions can and will overlap. The entire cluster will be managed with SLURM. The SLURM scheduler on the core partition will essentially work on a "who comes first" basis. The group specific partitions however have slightly different rules: though everyone can run jobs on group specific nodes, member of the group will have a higher priority and will compete non-group jobs off the partition. See Groups and Partitions on Maxwell for details.

Like the IT-HPC cluster, Maxwell is The Maxwell-Cluster is a resource dedicated to parallel and multi-threaded application, which can use at least some of the specific characteristics. In addition to serving as a medium scale High-Performance-Cluster, Maxwell incorporates resources for Photon Science data analysis, resources of CFEL, CSSB, Petra4, the European XFEL...

The Maxwell-Cluster is composed of a core partition (maxwell) and group specific partitions. All compute nodes are however available for everyone entitled to use the Maxwell cluster!

The Maxwell-Cluster is primarily intended for parallel computation making best use of the multi-core architectures, the infiniband low-latency network, fast storage and available memory. The cluster is hence not suited for single-core computations or embarrassingly parallel jobs like Monte-Carlo productions. Use BIRD, Grid or your groups workgroup server (WGS) for this kind of tasks.  

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Maxwell-Cluster is in many respects different from other resources. Please consult with the Using Maxwell page(s) for details. If you are familiar with the batch farm BIRD you might find the Slurm SLURM Rosetta table translating between different batch systems helpful. 

entire cluster is managed by SLURM scheduler (with some notable exceptions). The SLURM scheduler essentially works on a "who comes first" basis. The group specific partitions however have slightly different rules: though everyone can run jobs on group specific nodes, members of the group will have a higher priority and will compete non-group jobs off the partition. See Groups and Partitions on Maxwell for details.

 

 

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  • The Maxwell Partitions page provides a quick overview of the nodes, capacities, features and limits of the individual partitions.

  • Read the documentation! It should cover at least the essentials. If you come across incorrect or outdated information: please let us know!


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If you find the resource useful for your work, we would greatly appreciate to learn about publications, which have been substantially benefiting from the Maxwell-Cluster. Drop us a mail at maxwell.service@desy.de. Acknowledgement of the maxwell-resource would also be greatly appreciated. It'll help to foster the cluster, for example: "This research was supported in part through the Maxwell computational resources operated at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg, Germany"

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For any questions, problems, suggestions please contact our ticket system: maxwell.service@desy.de

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