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Umstellung auf DNSSEC

26. August 2016

Am 20. September 2016 wird das RRZE die sogenannte DNSSEC Erweiterung (Domain Name System Security Extensions) für die beiden Hauptdomains der Universität, uni-erlangen.de und fau.de, aktivieren. Ausfälle werden nicht erwartet. Es könnte jedoch zu Komplikationen mit selbst betriebenen Nameservern und damit auch Windows Domain Controllern kommen. Außerdem wird es ein paar weitere Änderungen im DNS geben, die unbedingt beachtet werden müssen!

Abschaltung Novell-Server Memory am 01.10.2016

16. August 2016

Der Novell-Server Memory (memory.rrze.uni-erlangen.de) wird am 01.10.2016 außer Betrieb genommen wird.

Wartungsankündigung für die FAU Zeiterfassung (12.08. – 15.08.2016)

11. August 2016

Wartungsankündigung für die FAU Zeiterfassung

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memoryhog and the TinyFat cluster

Memoryhog and the TinyFat cluster are intended for running serial or moderately parallel (OpenMP) applications that require large amounts of memory in one machine.

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Since October 2009 there is a machine called memoryhog available at RRZE. The actual physical machine behind the name has changed twice, the current incarnation exists since March 2011.

  • HP DL385 G7
  • 2 CPU sockets (16 CPU cores) with AMD Opteron 6134 ("Magny Cours") CPUs - 2,3 GHz
  • 128 GBytes of main memory
  • running Ubuntu LTS

To access the machine, you can just connect with SSH to
memoryhog.rrze.uni-erlangen.de. As with most HPC systems, this is only reachable from inside the uni-erlangen network. To access the machine from elsewhere, you need to use the dialog servers.
There is no reservation- or batchsystem for this machine, so be considerate of other users on the machine.

Processes hogging up too many resources or running for too long will be killed without notice.

TinyFat cluster

TinyFat is a cluster of nodes that have large amounts of main memory. It's basically a cluster of memoryhogs with access managed through a batchsystem.

TinyFat currently consists of these nodes:

  • 16 x
    • HP DL385 G7
    • 2 CPU sockets (16 CPU cores) with AMD Opteron 6134 ("Magny Cours") CPUs - 2,3 GHz
    • 128 GBytes of main memory
  • running Ubuntu LTS
  • QDR Infiniband (fully non-blocking) between all nodes

Access to TinyFat is through the Woody Frontends. So, connect to


and you will be randomly routed to one of the frontends for Woody, as there are no extra frontends for TinyFat. See the documentation for the Woodcrest cluster for information about these frontends. Although the TinyFat compute nodes actually run Ubuntu LTS, the environment is compatible. Programs compiled for Woody will just run on TinyFat as well.

For submitting Jobs, you will have to use the command qsub.tinyfat instead of the normal qsub.

Further information

AMD Opteron "Magny Cours" processor series

The "Magny Cours" processors are used in many of the machines with lots of memory, because they have many memory channels, 4 per socket - which makes building machines with lots of memory cheaper. They are eight- or twelve-core processors with two dies per socket. The following graphic tries to illustrate that. It shows the structure of a two socket Magny Cours node equipped with the 12-core processor variant:

Block diagram of a two socket Magny Cours system

As you can see, inside the physical processor packaging (dashed line) there are actually two completely seperate processor packages that are linked through a thick Hyper Transport link. Each of the processor packages has two memory channels, which combined gives the four channels per socket. The two socket Magny Cours is therefore in essence a four socket system.

Parallel programs

memoryhog and all the nodes of TinyFat are ccNUMA machines, some with a very complex structure. Therefore, especially with OpenMP programs, it is essential to pin your threads to the right cores. See the OpenMP pinning section in our software environment documentation. If you are unsure how the cores are numbered on a machine, i.e. which core number is on which socket, use /apps/likwid/stable/bin/likwid-topology or /apps/likwid/stable/bin/likwid-topology -g.

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