The RRZE test and benchmark cluster is an environment for porting software to new CPU architectures and running benchmark tests. It comprises a variety of nodes with different processors, clock speeds, memory speeds, memory capacity, number of CPU sockets, etc. There is no high-speed network, and MPI parallelization is restricted to one node. The usual NFS file systems are available.
This is a testing ground. Any job may be canceled without prior notice. For further information about proper usage, please contact HPC@RRZE.
This is a quick overview of the systems including their host names (frequencies are nominal values) – NDA systems are not listed:
- aurora1: Single Intel Xeon “Skylake” Gold 6126 CPU (12 cores + SMT) @ 2.60GHz.
Accelerators: 2x NEC Aurora “TSUBASA” 10B (48 GiB RAM)
- broadep2: Dual Intel Xeon “Broadwell” CPU E5-2697 v4 (2x 18 cores + SMT) @ 2.30GHz, 128 GiB RAM
- casclakesp2: Dual Intel Xeon “Cascade Lake” Gold 6248 CPU (2x 20 cores + SMT) @ 2.50GHz, 384 GiB RAM
- hasep1: Dual Intel Xeon “Haswell” E5-2695 v3 CPU (2x 14 cores + SMT) @ 2.30GHz, 64 GiB RAM
- icx32: Dual Intel Xeon “Icelake” Platinum 8358 CPU (2x 32 cores + SMT) @ 2.60GHz, 256 GiB RAM
- icx36: Dual Intel Xeon “Icelake” Platinum 8360Y CPU (2x 36 cores + SMT) @ 2.40GHz, 256 GiB RAM
- interlagos1: Dual AMD Opteron 6276 “Interlagos” CPU (2x 16 cores) @ 2.3 GHz, 64 GiB RAM.
Accelerator: AMD Radeon VII GPU (16 GiB HBM2)
- ivyep1: Dual Intel Xeon “Ivy Bridge” E5-2690 v2 CPU (2x 10 cores + SMT) @ 3.00GHz, 64 GiB RAM
- medusa: Dual Intel Xeon “Cascade Lake” Gold 6246 CPU (2x 12 cores + SMT) @ 3.30GHz, 192 GiB RAM.
– NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (8 GiB GDDR6)
– NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (8 GiB GDDR6)
– NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (16 GiB GDDR6)
– NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 (24 GiB GDDR6)
- optane1: Dual Intel Xeon “Ice Lake” Platinum 8362 CPU (2x 32 cores + SMT) @ 2.80 GHz, 256 GiB RAM, 1024 GiB Optane Memory
- milan1: Dual AMD EPYC 7543 “Milan” CPU (32 cores + SMT) @ 2.8 GHz, 256 GiB RAM
Accelerators: NVIDIA A40 (48 GiB GDDR6)
- naples1: Dual AMD EPYC 7451 “Naples” CPU (2x 24 cores + SMT) @ 2.3 GHz, 128 GiB RAM
- phinally: Dual Intel Xeon “Sandy Bridge” CPU E5-2680 (8 cores + SMT) @ 2.70GHz, 64 GiB RAM
- rome1: Single AMD EPYC 7452 “Rome” CPU (32 cores + SMT) @ 2.35 GHz, 128 GiB RAM
- rome2: Dual AMD EPYC 7352 “Rome” CPU (24 cores + SMT) @ 2.3 GHz, 256 GiB RAM
Accelerators: AMD MI100 (32 GiB HBM2)
- skylakesp2: Intel Xeon “Skylake” Gold 6148 CPU (2x 20 cores + SMT) @ 2.40GHz, 96 GiB RAM
- summitridge1: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU (8 cores + SMT), 32 GiB RAM
- teramem: Dual Intel Xeon Platinum “Icelake” 8360Y CPU (2x 36 cores + SMT) @ 2.40GHz, 2.048 GiB RAM, 30 TB of local NVMe storage – will later be moved to the new Cluster2021 cluster or TinyFat
- warmup: Dual Cavium/Marvell “ThunderX2” (ARMv8) CN9980 (2x 32 cores + 4-way SMT) @ 2.20 GHz, 128 GiB RAM
Technical specifications of all more or less recent GPUs available at RRZE (either in the Testcluster or in TinyGPU):
(base clock frequency)
|Nvidia Geforce GTX980||4 GB GDDR5||224||1,126||2.048/128/64||180||4,98||0,156|
|Nvidia Geforce GTX1080||8 GB GDDR5||320||1,607||2.560/160/64||180||8,87||0,277||tg03x||Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-2620 v4 (8 C, 2.10GHz)|
|Nvidia Geforce GTX1080Ti||11 GB GDDR5||484||1,480||3.584/224/88||250||11,34||0,354||tg04x||Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-2620 v4 (2x 8 C, 2.10GHz)|
|Nvidia Geforce RTX2070Super||8 GB GDDR6||448||1,605||2.560/160/64||215||9,06||0,283||medusa||Intel Xeon Cascadelake Gold 6246 (2x 12 C, 3.30GHz)|
|Nvidia Quadro RTX5000, active||16 GB GDDR6||448||1,620||3.072/192/64||230||11,15||0,348||medusa||Intel Xeon Cascadelake Gold 6246 (2x 12 C, 3.30GHz)|
|Nvidia Geforce RTX2080Super||8 GB GDDR6||496||1,650||3.072/192/64||250||11,15||0,348||medusa||Intel Xeon Cascadelake Gold 6246 (2x 12 C, 3.30GHz)|
|Nvidia Geforce RTX2080Ti||11 GB GDDR6||616||1,350||4.352/272/88||250||13,45||0,420||tg06x||Intel Xeon Skylake Gold 6134 (2x 8 Cores + SMT, 3.20GHz)|
|Nvidia Quadro RTX6000, active||24 GB GDDR6||672||1,440||4608/288/96||260||16,31||0,510||medusa||Intel Xeon Cascadelake Gold 6246 (2x 12 C, 3.30GHz)|
|Nvidia Geforce RTX3080||10 GB, GDDR6X||760||1.440||8.704||320||29.77||0.465||tg08x
||Intel Xeon IceLake Gold 6226R (2x 32 cores + SMT, 2.90GHz)
|Nvidia Tesla V100 (PCIe, passive)||32 GB HBM2||900||1,245||5.120 Shader||250||14,13||7,066||tg07x||Intel Xeon Skylake Gold 6134 (2x 8 Cores + SMT, 3.20GHz)|
|Nvidia A40 (passiv)
||48 GB GDDR6||696||1.305||10.752 Shader||300||37.42||1,169||milan1||AMD Milan 7543 (2x 32 cores + SMT, 2.8 GHz)|
|Nvidia A100 (SMX4/NVlink, passive)||40 GB HBM2||1.555||1.410||6.912 Shader||400||19,5||9.7||tg09x||AMD Rome 7662 (2x 64 Cores, 2.0GHz)|
|AMD Instinct MI100 (PCIe Gen4, passive)||32 GB HBM2||1229||1.502||120 Compute Units / 7680 Cores||300||21,1||11,5||rome2||AMD Rome 7352 (2x 24 cores + SMT, 2.3 GHz)|
|AMD Radeon VII||16 GB HBM2||1024||1,400||3.840/240/64||300||13,44||3,360||interlagos1||AMD Interlagos Opteron 6276|
This website shows information regarding the following topics:
Access, User Environment, and File Systems
Access to the machine
Note that access to the test cluster is restricted: If you want access to it, you will need to contact hpc@rrze. In order to get access to the NDA machines you have to provide a short (!) description of what you want to do there.
From within the FAU network, users can connect via SSH to the frontend
If you need access from outside of FAU, you usually have to connect for example to the dialog server
cshpc.rrze.fau.de first and then ssh to testfront from there.
While it is possible to ssh directly to a compute node, a user is only allowed to do this while they have a batch job running there. When all batch jobs of a user on a node have ended, all of their processes, including any open shells, will be killed automatically.
The login nodes and most of the compute nodes run Ubuntu 18.04. As on most other RRZE HPC systems, a modules environment is provided to facilitate access to software packages. Type “
module avail” to get a list of available packages. Note that, depending on the node, the modules may be different due to the wide variety of architectures. Expect inconsistencies. In case of questions, contact hpc@rrze.
The nodes have local hard disks of very different capacities and speeds. These are not production systems, so do not expect a production environment.
When connecting to the front end node, you’ll find yourself in your regular RRZE
$HOME directory (
/home/hpc/...). There are relatively tight quotas there, so it will most probably be too small for the inputs/outputs of your jobs. It however does offer a lot of nice features, like fine grained snapshots, so use it for “important” stuff, e.g. your job scripts, or the source code of the program you’re working on. See the HPC file system page for a more detailed description of the features and the other available file systems including, e.g.,
As with all production clusters at RRZE, resources are controlled through a batch system, SLURM in this case. Due to the broad spectrum of architectures in the test cluster, it is usually advisable to compile on the target node using an interactive SLURM job (see below).
There is a “work” queue and an “nda” queue, both with up to 24 hours of runtime. Access to the “nda” queue is restricted because the machines tied to this queue are pre-production hardware or otherwise special so that benchmark results must not be published without further consideration.
Batch jobs can be submitted on the frontend. The default job runtime is 10 minutes.
The currently available nodes can be listed using:
sinfo -o "%.14N %.9P %.11T %.4c %.8z %.6m %.35f"
To select a node, you can either use the host name or a feature name from
sbatch --nodes=1 --constraint=featurename --time=hh:mm:ss --export=NONE jobscript
sbatch --nodes=1 --nodelist=hostname --time=hh:mm:ss --export=NONE jobscript
By default, SLURM exports the environment of the shell where the job was submitted. If this is not desired, use
unset SLURM_EXPORT_ENV. Otherwise, problems may arise on nodes that do not run Ubuntu.
Submitting an interactive job:
salloc --nodes=1 --nodelist=hostname --time=hh:mm:ss
For getting access to performance counter registers and other restricted parts of the hardware (so that
likwid-perfctr and other LIKWID tools works as intended), use the constraint
-C hwperf. The Linux kernel’s NUMA balancing feature can be turned off with
-C numa_off. When the system should use huge pages transparently for the applications use
-C thp_always to switch to always mode. For the specification of multiple constraints, combine them with
& and proper quoting like
Please see the batch system description for further details.