Grace has a special common partition called
mpi partition is a bit different from other partitions on Grace--it always allocates entire nodes to jobs submitted to the partition. Each node in the
mpi partition are identical 24 core, 2x Skylake Gold 6136, 96GiB RAM (90GiB usable) nodes. While this partition is available to all Grace users, only certain types of jobs are allowed on the partition (similar to the restrictions on our GPU partitions).
This partition is specifically designed to support jobs that use tightly-coupled MPI-enabled applications that will run across multiple nodes and are sensitive to sharing their nodes with other jobs. Since every node on the
mpi partition is identical, it can support workloads that are sensitive to hardware difference across a single job.
We expect most of jobs submitted to
mpi to use all 24 cores on each node. There are occasionally instances where a tightly coupled application will use multiple nodes but less than all 24 cores due to load balancing or memory limitations. For example, some applications require power of 2 cores in the job, but 24 cores doesn't always divide evenly into those configurations. So we occasionally see jobs that use multiple nodes but only 16 of the 24 cores per node and are also acceptable submissions to the
Jobs that do not require exclusive nodes, even if they use
mpirun to launch, will run fine and experience normal wait times in the day and week (and scavenge) partitions. As such, we ask you to protect the special
mpi partition nodes for the more resource sensitive jobs listed above and, therefore, submit any jobs that will not be using whole node(s) to the other partitions. If smaller or single core jobs are submitted to the
mpi partition, they may be cancelled without warning. As with our GPU partitions, if you would like to make use of available cores on any
mpi nodes for small jobs, the scavenge partition is the correct way to do that.
If you have any questions about whether your workload is appropriate for the
mpi partition, please contact us.