GPU Processing

The cluster contains three nodes with Nvidia GPU co-processors to accelerate CPUs for general-purpose scientific and engineering computing.

  • jaws contains a single Tesla V100 card with 16 GB of dedicated GPU memory

  • thanos contains dual Tesla V100 cards, each with 32 GB of dedicated GPU memory

  • twiki contains dual Quadro RTX 8000 cards, each with 48 GB of dedicated GPU memory

The Tesla cards each have 5,120 CUDA processing cores and 640 Tensor cores. The RTX cards have 4,608 CUDA processing cores and 576 Tensor cores. CUDA is Nvidia’s parallel computing platform and API for general GPU processing, whereas Tensor cores are specifically intended to speed up the training of neural networks.

More information about the cards is available at and

To access the GPUs, you must both submit to the gpu Slurm partition and specify how many GPUs you require. For example, to run a basic interactive job:

$ srsh --partition=gpu --gpus=1


Slurm is configured to allocate GPU resources at the level of whole GPUs (rather than CUDA cores), therefore you can request --gpus=1 (all nodes) or --gpus=2 (thanos and twiki only).

thanos is also a high memory node and spans two partitions, one for high memory jobs and one for GPU jobs. Currently the gpu partition has ~70 GB of RAM assigned to it and 16 CPUs, therefore the maximum resources you can allocate to a single GPU job are:

--partition=gpu --mem=66G --cpus-per-task=16 --gpus=2

See also Slurm’s documentation on Generic Resource Scheduling.

You can also specify the exact type of GPU you need, for example to request a single RTX8000 card:

$ srsh --partition=gpu --gpus=rtx_8000:1

The possible cards are defined as follows:

  • v100-pcie-16g - Tesla V100 16 GB

  • v100-pcie-32g - Tesla V100 32 GB

  • rtx_8000 - Quadro RTX 8000 48 GB

To see the current state (and power usage) of the GPUs, run nvidia-smi, eg:

$ nvidia-smi

| NVIDIA-SMI 440.33.01    Driver Version: 440.33.01    CUDA Version: 10.2     |
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|   0  Tesla V100-PCIE...  Off  | 00000000:25:00.0 Off |                    0 |
| N/A   28C    P0    36W / 250W |      0MiB / 32510MiB |      0%      Default |
|   1  Tesla V100-PCIE...  Off  | 00000000:C8:00.0 Off |                    0 |
| N/A   27C    P0    37W / 250W |      0MiB / 32510MiB |      0%      Default |

| Processes:                                                       GPU Memory |
|  GPU       PID   Type   Process name                             Usage      |
|  No running processes found                                                 |

Whenever you run a job on a GPU node, your path will be modified to include Nvidia’s CUDA platform. This will be required if compiling any programs from source, for example using the nvcc compiler. Most of the system’s CUDA files can be found at /usr/local/cuda/bin.