The ARC cluster
The ARC is equipped with a dedicated computer server connected with a high-speed optical fiber network to the outside world, allowing fast data transfer (10 Gbit/sec).
Presently we have 200 Tb of diskspace and one 26 nodes cluster (112 cores) dedicated to the ARC.
ALMA and CASA users can request access to the server and the disk space by sending an e-mail to arc-support at ira.inaf.it indicating the reason for the request.
New ARC users can access the Italian ARC node computing facilities by requesting a face-2-face visit (ALMA users only, through the ALMA Helpdesk) or by visiting the ARC node in Bologna (for any data-reduction-related issue to be solved in collaboration with the ARC staff). In both the cases they are requested to send an e-mail to email@example.com indicating the reason for the request.
Please notice that the request for a new account for a new requesting user implies that he/she (and/or his/her collaborators) visits the ARC for an induction on the ARC facilities usage and on issues related to data reduction with CASA both for ALMA or any other telescope. If the request is positively evaluated the visit details will be arranged via e-mail.
The account will guarantee the usage of the facilities and the support for 6 months.
Once the account expires the access to the data will be suspended and, after 1 month of quarantine ALL DATA WILL BE REMOVED. Only one gentle reminder will be send on account expiration. Extensions of the account duration period could be considered on request (via e-mail). No visit is needed in case of account renewal.
The ARC members support is guaranteed for any ALMA-related issue. For data-reduction-related issues that do not involve ALMA, the support (other than the technical support in the usage of the ARC computing facilities) is limited to the knowledge/experience and availability of the ARC members.
The same rules apply also to IRA staff members. IRA collaborators with temporary positions (i.e. students) can have an account for the entire duration of their position.
To ensure a well-balanced load on the cluster nodes please follow instructions about accessing the computer cluster
Queries can be issued via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Users will be automatically added to the email@example.com mailing list that will be used for any communication from our side.
Accessing the computer cluster
Once you have obtained an ARC account at IRA, you can access the computer cluster nodes from everywhere through host scheduler.ira.inaf.it.. Using graphical applications on the cluster is possible through remote X access. The accessible working nodes are listed in the table below. You can enter a node for interactive work by typing:
ssh -X ''<node>''.ira.inaf.it
Useful tip: by typing 'hostname' you can know on which node you are
Here you can find some statistics about resources consumption on the arcblXX nodes.
Using ARC storage
You need to change directory to access your ARC storage on the cluster:
On each node you can also use local disks on path /local/work/username (if allocated) and /local/scratch
/local/scratch will be emptied on every reboot
Beware that local disks have no redundancy at all, never leave important data on them
Mounting ARC storage on you workstation
On IRA workstations ARC home filesystem can be accessed on /iranet/homesarc
On your laptop ARC filesystems can be seamlessly accessed with fuse-sshfs:
as root, install the package sshfs
# on RedHat/Centos/ScientificLinux yum install fuse-sshfs # on Debian/Ubuntu apt-get install sshfs
then, as user
sshfs storage.alma.inaf.it:/iranet/homesarc/yourhome /your/local/mount/point/
By omitting /remote/path you can mount you home directory.
Be aware that this method is suboptimal for heavy input/output loads. Running disk-intensive applications directly on the arc cluster will result in a file access speed 10-50 times faster.
Software packages available
Software available on ARC cluster could be listed typing the command setup-help or on this page
|Name||RAM||CPU||Cores||Clock||Data Net||Work Disk||Scratch Disk||scheduler||groups||notes|
|arcbl17||64G||AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||3600||1GbE||3,5TB||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl18||64G||Intel Xeon E3-1275 v6||4/8||3800||10GbE||22T||57G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi||Data transfer node|
|arcbl19||64G||Intel Xeon E3-1275 v6||4/8||3800||10GbE||11T||57G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi, arc-f2f, arc-user||NFS server|
|arcbl20||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||11T||65G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl21||64G||Intel Xeon E3-1275 v6||4/8||3800||10GbE||11T||57G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl22||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||11T||65G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi, arc-f2f|
|arcbl23||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||11T||65G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi||VM|
|arcbl24||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||11T||65G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl25||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||11T||65G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl26||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||11T||65G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl27||64G||Intel Xeon E3-1275 v6||4/8||3800||10GbE||15T||57G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl28||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||15T||57G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcbl29||256G||Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4||6/12||3600||10GbE||15T||57G||N||arc-staff, arc-vlbi|
|arcnas2||32G||Intel Xeon Silver 4108||8/16||1800||10GbE||ARC-1883IX-24||91||12x10TB (HGST HUH721010ALE600) RAID6||/lustre/arcfs0/ost3|
|arcnas3||32G||Intel Xeon Silver 4108||8/16||1800||10GbE||ARC-1883IX-24||72,8||12x8TB (HGST HUH728080AL5200) RAID6||/lustre/arcfs0/ost0|
|arcnas4||16G||Intel XeonE5-2603v3||6/6||1600||10GbE||ARC-1284ML-24||36,4T||12x4TB (WDC WD4000F9YZ-09N20L1) RAID6||/lustre/arcfs0/ost1|
|91T||12x10TB (ST10000NM0086-2AA101) RAID6||/lustre/arcfs0/ost2|
|arcnas5||32G||Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4||10/20||2400||10GbE||Broadcom / LSI MegaRAID SAS-3 3108||255G||2x255GB RAID1||/lustre/arcfs0/mdt0|