Interactive jobs

This guide describes how to start interactive jobs on Abacus, i.e., jobs where you using a GUI or using the command line use one or more of our compute nodes as if you were sitting at your own computer.

If you only need text / terminal (ssh) access, you can use one of the first two options:

Slurm job scheduler

At Abacus we use Slurm for scheduling jobs.

In general, Abacus is intended to be used for batch jobs, i.e., jobs which run without any user intervention. It is also possible to run interactive jobs---this is described here.

A typical user usage scenario is the following


At Abacus we maintain a short list of standard software available for our users. A few software packages are only available for some research groups.

Users are not limited to using the software installed by us. You are welcome to install your own software either in your home directory or in your project's /work/project/ folder.

You are also welcome to contact us, and we will in many cases help you with the installation.

Queue Policy

Slurm Workload ManagerJob scheduling on our HPC system is done using Slurm. Slurm (Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management) is a free and open-source job scheduler used by many of the world’s supercomputers and computer clusters.

The queue system is configured with three distinct partitions, corresponding to the three different types of nodes available:

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