Computing Support

Campus Rocks

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What is it?

Originally Craigslist donated a bunch of computers to BSOE in the summer of 2009. We  built a computer cluster out of it, and are allowing students, staff and faculty at UCSC to use the cluster . That original hardware is now retired.

The new cluster consists of one head node, and 7 compute nodes with a total of 304 cores to execute processes on.  There are 2 queues all.q for long running jobs, and small.q for shorter jobs.  Individuals can run 50 jobs at anytime, but queue up as many as they need.

The new clusters name is

How do I log in?

 Campusrocks uses Cruzid Blue to login.  You must have set your password since 10-15-11 for this to work.  Visit the Cruzid web page to set your password.

Once you have a password, you can log in to the system via SSH at

How long will it be available?

It has been given a new 5 year life cycle, and will be unplugged at the end, unless
more funding appears to rejuvenate it. Its new drop-dead date is January 1st, 2018.

If you wish to purchase more nodes for the cluster, please put in a ticket


What are some of the limitations (privacy, disk space)?

It came about based on an idea ISSDM had to build a campus cluster,
and allow others to use it. The idea is have a shared resource, but
allow those doing Computer research to be able to look at REAL file
systems, to see how people use the file systems. So file system data
will be available for both ISSDM and SSRC, and other units that need
access to it.

How do I use the cluster (submit, cancel, review jobs)?

Regarding the queuing software, we are using SunGrid SGE and its documentation is available on the cluster also.

qsub --> Submits a job (create a shell script, then run qsub shellscript)
qdel --> Delete a job
qlogin --> Interactive login
qstat --> See the status of jobs in the queue
qmon --> Gui

NOTE: The web site is locked to on campus access only.

How can I run MPI jobs on it?

Compile the code with mpicc


sample c code is in /opt/mpi-tests/src

And then a shell script like this (mpitest16):
unsetenv SGE_ROOT
/opt/openmpi/bin/mpirun -np 16 -machinefile $TMPDIR/machines /opt/mpi-tests/bin/mpi-ring

Finally submitted to the sungrid queue like this:
% qsub -pe mpi 16 mpitest16

How can I see how busy the cluster is?

qhost shows the load averages of each of the exec hosts

qstat -g c gives a count of number of jobs running on each queue

What is the Small Queue, what are the limitations?

The Small queue is for jobs that will not run for a long time, there is a 72 hour wall clock limit and and 800 hour CPU limit (if you do multi-threaded operations)

you can see queue configurations with the command qconf -sq small.q

The small.q currently has 2 boxes dedicated with 48 processors each

(The all.q has 4 computers with a total of 144 processors)

How do I load Software on it?

We will load RPMs that are in the yum repository for the OS we are running, or you can compile code yourself in your home directory.

Put in an ITRequest ticket for known RPMs.

Are there Backups?

The /campus directory (your home directory) has an rsync done daily. Look in the /backups directory to find them. We run snapshots in the /backups directory cd /backups/.zfs/snapshots  (we keep 4 daily snapshots, and 3 monthly snapshots)

How was it funded?

The original donation by craigslist is almost all gone.  The only pieces still in place are:

1.) Head node

2.) The boxes the fileservers

For the rest:

SOE purchased new network switches

SOE purchased the 2 48 core boxes

PBSCI purchased the 3 64 core boxes

the 2 8 core boxes were old campus VM servers.

If wish to contribute new hardware, please contact us.