The Cluster Computing Environment
The compute cluster is a VMware cluster of three linked nodes. Each node has 56 cores, 256GB of RAM and are connected to a 12TB RAID. One of the features of this VMware cluster is it's ability to move compute servers between the nodes for failover and load balancing. Clusters are usually deployed to improve performance and/or availability over that provided by a single computer, while typically being much more cost-effective than single computers of comparable speed or availability.
Establishing a connection
With your ssh client, you can establish a connection through “ssh”.
Use your department login and password.
Now you are ready to do all the features in the cluster. Remember the cluster is UNIX based, so you may need to know some simple UNIX commands.
We will have to run Xming in the background on Windows machines to do graphic features on the cluster. Xming is free and can be downloaded
We have a new Rstudio server that resides at: http://perelandra.pstat.ucsb.edu/rstudio. To login to this server you will need your department username and password. (If you forgot your password send an email and we will assist you in reseting it. Once logged in you will have started a Rstudio session.
Condo Cluster at CNSI/MRL
Our department also has access to the Condo cluster at CNSI/MRL called Braid (specs can be found here.) To get access to this cluster please fill out this form. Once granted access you will be given a unique password with instructions on how to change it.
If you do not have SSH client in your PC
If you don't know what a “ssh client” is, it might not be installed on your PC. Download one client from the web for FREE! It is called “PUTTY”.
On the PSTAT Lab PC's, it's already installed. In the SSH client, make sure that you set the 'Forward X11 Packets' option.
If you need help, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org