Changes for the information available through the squeue command


We are currently in a phase of compliance with the constraints related
to the GDPR; this limits in particular the access to the slurm database.
The tool squeue is impacted with this limitation. Users only see
information about their jobs when making queries (this is also the case
for all other slurm commands, scontrol, sacct...).

The sinfo command can still be used to get an overview of the platform
usage. The state of the nodes and a filtered output of the squeue
command are available on the platform web page

This page is currently being updated to report as much information as
possible to the users. We will keep working on it in the coming days and
weeks, to hopefully meet everyone's expectations.

Please note this address is only available once signed in on the web
site (you need to use the WP identifiers obtained at the account creation).


The PlaFRIM team


As indicated in the message of November 8th, the migration is ongoing.

Currently, as a reminder:

   1.  when you connect to PlaFRIM, you arrive on the devel01 or devel02 front nodes, which are latest generation Skylake machines.
   2.  you can still connect to the old front node by typing ‘ssh plafrim2’; this part of the platform (miriel, breeze, mouse, arm01, sirocco…) will be migrated quickly to the new version of the platform
   3. quickly, you will find on PlaFRIM:
        * the machines you have been working on until now
        * the new bora machines (dual-socket Skylake 36 cores and 192 GB of memory)
        * modules with default modules dedicated to the target architecture you are working on
        * a /dev space for modules where all users can provide their own software stacks available to other users; it will be necessary to redo all previous dev modules, the old ones being no longer functional for this new version of the platform
        * a single slurm partition (routing) that allows you to address all machines; to choose a particular category of machines, you can specify the associated “feature” (to know the “features” associated with a node: sinfo -Nel) using the -C option of slurm (salloc -C Bora, for example)
        * guix to manage your experimental environments

Finally, if at the first connection on this new platform you have a message containing:    > ssh-keygen -f “~/.ssh/known_hosts” -R “plafrim-ext”
type the given command and everything should work

PlaFRIM evolutions and calendar

We remind you that from next Tuesday, disruptions are to be expected on PlaFRIM.
When you connect to PlaFRIM, you will be connected to the new nodes available (devel01 and devel02). You will then be able to submit jobs on the new bora001 to bora040 nodes.
As long as PlaFRIM2 nodes are not migrated to PlaFRIM3, you can still connect to the old development nodes (devel11 to devel13) via the “ssh plafrim2” command from the new devel nodes (devel01 or devel02).
The planned schedule remains the same, migrate as many nodes as possible to PlaFRIM3 over the next week.
We still have some configurations to make so that everything is fully operational on PlaFRIM3. Feel free to test it next Tuesday and give us feedback via

Feel free to contact us for any information you may need about this migration.

2017-03-28: Intel KNL Seminar

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, from 2pm to 4pm

Room : Ada Lovelace (Inria Bordeaux 3rd floor)


KNL Cluster

A KNL based cluster (Knights Landing (KNL) ) has been installed in February 2017.

The cluster consists of 4 KNL interconnected by OmniPath.

Knights Landing (7230) is a highly configurable architecture. Memory bandwidth is one of the common bottlenecks for performance in computational applications. KNL offers a solution to this problem.

To do so, the 2nd generation of Intel Xeon Phi (KNL) has on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM) based on the multi-channel dynamic random access memory (MCDRAM). This memory is capable of delivering up to 5x performance (≥400 GB/s) compared to DDR4 memory on the same platform (≥90 GB/s).

The on-package HBM (labeled “MCDRAM” in the figure) resides on the CPU chip, next to the processing cores. KNL may have up to 16 GB of HBM. It’s hyghly configurable. The modes (which can only be modified through the BIOS) are the following:

  • cache
  • flat
  • hybrid

More information is available in this Intel tutorial.

KNL have 64 cores (7230 version) and are organized on a grid as follows:

  • 32 tiles of 2 cores each with a L1 cache, and 1 shared L2 cache.
  • all shared L2 cache are interconnected by the grid. MESIF protocol is in charge to keep all the caches coherent
  • all links are bidirectionnal
  • KNL has a distributed tag directory (DTD), organized as a set of per-tile TD (tag directories), which identify the state and the location on the chip of any cache line. It is in the developer’s interests to maintain locality of these messages to achieve the lowest latency and greatest bandwidth of communication with caches. KNL supports the following cache clustering modes:
    • all-to-all
    • quadrant / hemisphere
    • SNC-4 / SNC-2

More information is available in the colfax documentation.

To allow users to test the different configurations, the 4 nodes of the cluster have all been configured with different parameters. Information on the different configurations is available in the PlaFRIM hardware page.