What are SHPC Condos?

The CADES Scalable HPC (SHPC) Condos consist of two HPC clusters: one in the ORNL Moderate protection zone (CADES Mod) and one in the ORNL Open protection zone (CADES Open). The protection zones contain and control both the software base and the data produced on those systems.

How Do I Get Started?

The guide below serves as a quick start for new users of the CADES SHPC Condo service. The CADES team has also developed comprehensive user documentation for CADES resources, which is available here.

Step 1: Request Your SHPC Condo Allocation

You can request a CADES SHPC Condo allocation by clicking on the appropriate XCAMS registration link for your group. If you do not see your group listed, please contact the CADES team.

The XCAMS registration process will ask you to acknowledge the XCAMS User Agreement and register your UCAMS with an LDAP group or create a new XCAMS user ID and the register it with an LDAP group. Use the steps below to enter your request.

  1. Navigate to the appropriate XCAMS registration link for your group.
  2. Enter your email address (your ORNL address if available) and click Continue.
  3. Review the XCAMS user agreement, and select Agree.
  4. Enter your UCAMS ID (or a new XCAMS username).
  5. Enter your UCAMS password (or a new XCAMS password).
  6. Click Submit to complete the XCAMS request.

When your resources are ready for use, an activation notice will be dispatched to the email address entered above. This process can take up to 24 hours to complete.

Step 2: Access Your SHPC Condo Allocation

Once your request for resources has been approved, you can access the SHPC Condo login nodes using SSH. Open and Moderate protection zones each have their own login node. Choose the login node for your protection zone. See below.

Open Protection Zone
  1. Open a Bash terminal (or PuTTY for Windows users).
  2. Execute ssh username@or-condo-login.ornl.gov.
    • Replace “username” with the username you registered above.
  3. When prompted, enter your XCAMS password.
Moderate Protection Zone
  1. Open a Bash terminal (or PuTTY for Windows users).
  2. Execute ssh username@mod-condo-login.ornl.gov.
    • Replace “username” with your ORNL UCAMS ID.
  3. When prompted, enter your UCAMS password.

Step 3: Execute a Job on Your SHPC Allocation

Now that you have access to your allocation through the login node, it is time to do some work. The tutorial linked below, intended for users who are new to the CADES SHPC Condo environment, outlines the basic steps to setting up and executing a job on the SHPC Condo compute nodes.

How to: Execute a Job on Your SHCP Condo Allocation

Note: Do not execute jobs on the login nodes; only use the login nodes to access your compute nodes. Processor-intensive, memory-intensive, or otherwise disruptive processes running on login nodes will be killed without warning.

Getting Help

If at any point you feel stuck and need some help figuring out your next move, please contact the CADES support team at cades-help@ornl.gov or join our Slack channel at https://cades.slack.com/signup.