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Amber is licensed software. Please send an e-mail to with a request for access.

Loading the Module

To see all versions of Amber available:

[ NetID@cluster ~]$module spider amber

To load a particular version of Amber (Example: 18):

[ NetID@cluster ~]$module load Amber/18-intel-2017b

Usage on the Login Nodes

Please limit interactive processing to short, non-intensive usage. Use non-interactive batch jobs for resource-intensive and/or multiple-core processing. Users are requested to be responsible and courteous to other users when using software on the login nodes.

The most important processing limits here are:
* ONE HOUR of PROCESSING TIME per login session.

  • EIGHT CORES per login session on the same node or (cumulatively) across all login nodes.

Anyone found violating the processing limits will have their processes killed without warning. Repeated violation of these limits will result in account suspension.
Note: Your login session will disconnect after one hour of inactivity.

Usage on the Compute Nodes

Non-interactive batch jobs on the compute nodes allows for resource-demanding processing. Non-interactive jobs have higher limits on the number of cores, amount of memory, and runtime length.

For instructions on how to create and submit a batch job, please see the appropriate wiki page for each respective cluster:

Terra Examples

On Terra, to submit a batch job, run:

[NetID@terra1 ~]$sbatchjobscript

MPI Job Example

#SBATCH --export=NONE            # Do not propagate environment
#SBATCH --get-user-env=L         # Replicate login environment

#SBATCH --job-name=amber         # Set the job name to "amber"
#SBATCH --time=01:30:00          # Set the wall clock limit to 1hr and 30min
#SBATCH --ntasks=56              # Request 56 tasks
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=28     # Request 28 tasks per node
#SBATCH --mem=56G                # Request 56GB per node
#SBATCH --output=amber.%j        # Send stdout/err to "amber.[jobID]"

module purge
ml Amber/18-intel-2017b

# Please visit the Amber documentation for a full list of options for pmemd.MPI and the other programs availabe in the amber suite of programs.  
mpirun -np $SLURM_NPROCS pmemd.MPI -O -i -o amber.out -p amber.prmtop -c amber.rst -r amber.rst -x

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