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Introduction to Using the Terra Cluster

This short course provides an introduction to using the Terra Cluster. We will use live demonstrations of interactive and batch sessions with the system. The short-course covers material relevant to users who either (a) run existing scientific programs or (b) would like to develop their own codes.

Course Materials

The material of this short-course uses information from Terra's User Guide as a reference.

The course slides are also available

Course Topics

This course focuses, among others, on the following topics:

  • Usage Policies
  • Hardware Overview of Terra
  • Accessing Terra
  • File Transfers
  • File Systems and User Directories
  • Computing Environment
    • Application Modules
    • Software
  • Development Environment
  • Batch Processing
    • Batch Queues
    • Batch Job Files and Specifying Resource Requirements
    • Mapping Job Requirements to Cluster Resources
    • Job Submission and Monitoring
    • Job Environment Variables
    • Service Units
    • Debugging Job Failures
    • Concurrent Program Execution in Jobs via tamulauncher
  • Common Problems
  • Need Help?

Note: During the class sessions many aspects of the material will be illustrated live via a login to Terra. Attendees are welcome to follow these parts with their own laptops. They will need to configure their laptops to use the TAMULink wireless network. Relevant details on this can be found at: http://tamulink.tamu.edu/

You are encouraged to contact the HPRC helpdesk at "help@hprc.tamu.edu" with any questions regarding Terra.

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