- 1 About this document
- 2 Publications and Grid'5000
- 3 Account management
- 3.1 I forgot my password, how can I retrieve it ?
- 3.2 My account expired, how can I extend it?
- 3.3 Why doesn't my home directory contain the same files on every site?
- 3.4 How to get my home mounted on deployed nodes?
- 3.5 How to restore a wrongly deleted file?
- 3.6 What about disk quotas ?
- 3.7 How do I unsubscribe from the mailing-list ?
- 4 Network access to/from Grid'5000
- 4.1 How can I connect to Grid'5000 ?
- 4.2 How to connect from different workstations with the same account?
- 4.3 How to directly connect by SSH to any machine within Grid'5000 from my workstation?
- 4.4 Is access to the Internet possible from nodes?
- 4.5 What is the source address of outcoming traffic from Grid'5000 nodes to the Internet?
- 4.6 How can I connect to an HTTP or HTTPS service running on a node?
- 4.7 How can I share file from Grid'5000 using HTTP?
- 4.8 Could I access Grid'5000 nodes directly from the internet?
- 4.9 SSH related questions
- 5 Software installation issues
- 6 Deployment related issues
- 7 Job submission related issues
- 7.1 What is the so called "best-effort" mode of OAR?
- 7.2 How to pass arguments to my script
- 7.3 Why are /core and -t deploy or -t use_classic_ssh incompatible ?
- 7.4 Why did my advance reservation start with less than all the resources I requested ?
- 7.5 How can I check whether my reservations are respecting the Grid'5000 Usage Policy ?
- 8 Access to logs
- 9 About OAR
- 10 How to use MPI in Grid5000?
- 11 How to share data with other users in Grid5000?
- 12 How do I access to other scientific infrastructures from Grid'5000 ?
About this document
How to add/correct an entry to the FAQ?
Publications and Grid'5000
Is there an official acknowledgement ?
Yes there is: you agreed to it when accepting the usage policy. As the policy might have been updated since, please refer to the latest version. You should use it on all publications presenting results obtained (even partially) using Grid'5000.
How to mention Grid'5000 in HAL ?
HAL is an open archive you're invited to use. If you do so, the recommended way of mentioning Grid'5000 is to use the collaboration field of submission form, with the Grid'5000 keyword, capitalized as such.
I forgot my password, how can I retrieve it ?
To retrieve your password, you can use this form, or ask your account manager to reset it.
My account expired, how can I extend it?
Use the account management interface (Manage account link in the sidebar).
Why doesn't my home directory contain the same files on every site?
Every site has its own file server, this is the user's responsibility to synchronize the personal data between his home directory on the different sites. You may use the
rsync command to synchronize a remote site home directory (be careful this will erase any file that are not the same as on the local home directory):
rsync-n --delete -avz
NB : please remove the -n argument once you are sure you actually don't want to do a dry-run only...;)
How to get my home mounted on deployed nodes?
This is completely automatic if you deploy a *-nfs or *-big image (automount).
- You can connect using your own username and should land in your home;
- If connecting as root, once connected to the node, just change directory your home and it will be mounted:
How to restore a wrongly deleted file?
No backup facility is provided by Grid'5000 platform. Please watch your fingers and do backup your data using external backup services.
What about disk quotas ?
See the section about the
/home in the Storage page.
How do I unsubscribe from the mailing-list ?
Users' mailing-list subscription is tied to your Grid'5000 account. You can configure your subscriptions in your account settings:
- Login to https://api.grid5000.fr/ui/account
- Go to the "My account" tab, then click on the "Actions" button, then choose "Manage mailing lists"
Alternate method, by configuring Sympa to stop receiving any email from the list (while still being subscribed):
- If you haven't done it before, ask for a password on sympa.inria.fr from this form: https://sympa.inria.fr/sympa/firstpasswd/. Use the email address you used to register to Grid'5000.
- Connect to https://sympa.inria.fr using your email address you used to register to Grid'5000 and your sympa.inria.fr password.
- From the left panel, select users_grid5000. Then go to your subscriber options (Options d'abonné) and in the reception field (Mode de réception), select suspend (interrompre la réception des messages).
Network access to/from Grid'5000
How can I connect to Grid'5000 ?
This is documented at length in the Getting Started tutorial.
You should be able to access Grid'5000 from anywhere on the Internet, by connecting to
access.grid5000.fr using SSH. You'll need SSH keys properly configured (please refer to the page dedicated to SSH if you don't understand these last words) as this machine will not allow you to log using a password.
Some sites have an
.grid5000.fr machine, which is only reachable from an IP address coming from local laboratory (replace
site with the actual site name).
How to connect from different workstations with the same account?
You can associate several public SSH keys to your account. In order to do so, you have to:
- go to User Portal > Manage Account,
- select the My account top tab,
- select the SSH keys left tab,
- then, manage your keys:
- add a new public SSH key ;
- remove an old one.
How to directly connect by SSH to any machine within Grid'5000 from my workstation?
This tip consists of customizing SSH configuration file
~/.ssh/config (compatible with OpenSSH ssh client)
Host *.g5k User
email@example.com -W "$(basename %h .g5k):%p"
You can then connect to any machine using
Please have a look at the SSH page for a deeper understanding and more information.
For users of powershell in Microsoft Windows which also comes with OpenSSH ssh client, mind adapting the configuration as the
basename command may not be available.
Grid'5000 internal network uses private IP V4 addresses and are not directly reachable from outside of Grid'5000
Is access to the Internet possible from nodes?
Full Internet access is allowed from Grid'5000 network to the Internet.
All IPv4 communication is NATed, while with IPv6 each node uses its own public IPv6 address.
What is the source address of outcoming traffic from Grid'5000 nodes to the Internet?
The IPv4 outcoming traffic from Grid'5000 nodes to the Internet is NATed. The public IPv4 addresses used as sources for the NATed packets are:
126.96.36.199 (nr-lil-536.grid5000.fr) 188.8.131.52 (nr-sop-535.grid5000.fr)
How can I connect to an HTTP or HTTPS service running on a node?
See the HTTP/HTTPs_access page.
See the HTTP/HTTPs_access page.
Could I access Grid'5000 nodes directly from the internet?
See the SSH page.
Software installation issues
What is the general philosophy ?
This is how things should work: a basic set of software is installed on the frontends and nodes' standard environment of each site. If you need some other software packages on nodes, you can create a Kadeploy image including them, and deploy it. You can also use at sudo-g5k. If you think those software should be installed by default, you can contact the support-staff.
My environment does not work on all clusters
It some rare occasion, an environment may not work on a given cluster:
- The kernel used does not support all hardware. You are advised to base your environment on one of the reference environments to avoid dealing with this, or to carefully read the hardware section of each site to see the list of kernel drivers that need to be compiled in your environment for it to be able to boot on all clusters. Of course, when a new cluster is integrated, you might need to update your kernel for portability.
- The post-installation scripts do not recognize your environment, and therefore network access, console access or site specific configurations are not taken into account. You can check the contents of the default post-installation scripts to see the variables set by kadeploy by looking at environment's description using kaenv.
Kadeploy fails with Image file not found!
This means that
kadeploy is not able to read your environment's main archive. This can be caused by many reasons, i.e:
- registered filename is wrong
- extension is not right (for example
.tar.gzdoes not work, whereas
Kadeploy is complaining about a node already involved in an other deployment
The waring you see is
nodeis already involved in another deployment
This error occurs
- when 2 concurrent deployments are attempted on the same node. If you have 2 simultaneous deployments, make sure you have 2 distinct sets of nodes.
- when there is a problem in the kadeploy database: typically when a deployment ended in a strange way, this can happen. The best is to wait for about 15 minutes and retry the deployment: kadeploy can correct its database automatically.
How to kill all my processes on a host ?
On the currently connected host (warning, it will disconnect you)
How do I exit from kaconsole on cluster X from site Y
You can try & then . sequence (just like typing &.), but this may not work on all clusters. The Kaconsole page may give you more information.
What is the so called "best-effort" mode of OAR?
The best-effort was implemented to back-fill the cluster with jobs considered as less important without blocking "regular" jobs. To submit jobs under that policy, you simply have to select the besteffort type of job in your oarsub command.
Jobs submitted that way will only get scheduled on resources when no other job use them (any regular job overtake besteffort jobs in the waiting queue, regardless of submission times). Moreover, these jobs are killed (as if oardel were called) when a regular job recently submitted needs the nodes used by a besteffort job.
By default, no checkpointing or automatic restart of besteffort jobs is provided. They are just killed. That is why this mode is best used with a tool which can detect the killed jobs and resubmit them. However OAR2 provides options for that.
How to pass arguments to my script
When you do passive submission through
oarsub, you must specify a script. This script can be a simple script name or a more complex command line with arguments.
To pass arguments, you have to quote the whole command line, like in the following example:
"/path/to/myscript arg1 arg2 arg3"
Note: to avoid random code injection,
oarsub allows only alphanumeric characters (
[a-zA-Z0-9_]), whitespace characters (
[ \t\n\r\f\v]) and few others (
[/.-]) inside its command line argument.
Why are /core and -t deploy or -t use_classic_ssh incompatible ?
Jobs with type
deploy or type
allow_classic_ssh imply the exclusive usage of a node. Therefore, specifying core information for your submission can only lead to some inconsistencies. It is therefore prohibited by an admission rule.
Why did my advance reservation start with less than all the resources I requested ?
Since resources states are transitional, the advance reservation process considers indifferently the current state of resources, be it alive, suspended or absent. Indeed, at the requested start time of an advance reservation, all resources in any of those states should presumably be back in the alive states.
This is different for resources in the dead state, which mark failed resources. Although dead resources may be repaired at some point, that state is less transitional, so dead resources are excluded from eligible resources for advance reservations.
Also, the allocation of resources to an advance reservation is fixed at the time of validation of the submission (contrarily to batch jobs for which both the start time and allocated resources can change up until the job is effectively started, in order to fit with all requested resources available). As a consequence, resources allocated to an advance reservation which would end up unavailable at the job start time are not replaced by other alive resources.
In fact, at the start time of an advance reservation, OAR looks after any unavailable resources (absent or suspected), and whenever some exists, wait for them to return to the alive state for 5 minutes. Then, if they are not back in time, the job starts with less resources than requested and initially allocated (assuming at least one resource is available).
Information about reduced number of resources or reduced walltime for a reservation due to this mechanism are available in the event part of the output of
How can I check whether my reservations are respecting the Grid'5000 Usage Policy ?
You can use the script
usagepolicycheck, present on all frontends. See if your current reservations are respecting the Policy with
usagepolicycheck -t, use
usagepolicycheck -h to see the other options.
To help respecting the usage policy, it is possible to use
night OAR job types to fit batch jobs inside day vs. night / week-end time frames. More details are available in the Advanced OAR guide.
Access to logs
OAR database logs
Grid'5000 gives the possibility to all users to use a read only access to OAR's database. You should be able to connect using PostgresSQL client as user
oarreader with password
read to database
oar2 on all
.grid5000.fr. This gives you access to the complete history of jobs on all Grid'5000 sites. This gives you read-only access to the production database of OAR: please be careful with your queries to avoid overloading the testbed!
Example of access to logs
In this example, we use the PostgresSQL client to generate a CSV file, named '~/oardata.csv', containing all the jobs of the user 'toto'. Each row of the file will be one job of the user. The columns of the CSV file will be the list of nodes assigned to the job, the number of nodes, the number of cores, the cluster name, the submission time, start time and stop time, the job ID, the job name (if any), the job type, the command executed by the job (if any) and the request made by the user.
First, on one of the frontend nodes, launch the client
psql -h oardb.grenoble.grid5000.fr -U oarreader oar2
Then, after entering the password, run the following command (change the user name and the file name if needed):
\copy (Select string_agg(Distinct host, '/') as hosts, Count(Distinct host) as nb_hosts, Count(Distinct resources.resource_id) as nb_cores,cluster,submission_time,start_time,stop_time,job_id,job_name,job_type,command,initial_request From jobs Inner Join assigned_resources on jobs.assigned_moldable_job = assigned_resources.moldable_job_id Inner Join resources on assigned_resources.resource_id = resources.resource_id Where job_user = 'toto' Group By jobs.submission_time,jobs.start_time,jobs.stop_time,jobs.job_id,jobs.job_name,jobs.job_type,jobs.command,resources.cluster) To '~/oardata.csv' With CSV;
How to know if a node is in energy-saving mode or really absent?
Nodes in energy-saving mode are:
- displayed in the standby state with a cyan color in the platform status diagrams (Drawgantt and Monika)
- displayed with the state "Absent (standby)" by the oarnodes command.
The state "Absent (standby)" means that the node is shut down in order to save energy.
Nodes in the standby state will be automatically started by OAR when it will be needed.
Advanced users who check directly the OAR database can determine if a node is in energy-saving mode or absent with the field "available_upto" in the resources table.
If energy-saving is enabled on the cluster, the field "available_upto" provides a date (Unix timestamp) until when the resource will be available.
- A node "Absent" is in energy-saving mode if the field "available_upto" is greater than the current Unix timestamp
An example of SQL query listing absent nodes because of the energy-saving mode:
SELECT distinct(host) FROM resources WHERE state="Absent" AND available_upto >= UNIX_TIMESTAMP()
- A node "Absent" is really absent if :
- the field "available_upto" is equal to 0
- or the field "available_upto" is smaller than the current UNIX timestamp (this case should not occur upon Grid'5000)
An example of SQL query listing really absent nodes:
SELECT distinct(host) FROM resources WHERE state='Absent' AND (available_upto < UNIX_TIMESTAMP() OR available_upto = 0)
Note that if looking in the past at a node (e.g. in the Drawgantt diagram) that was woken-up, it just shows a period of "absent" state (blue stipes) rather than "standby".
How to detect nodes in maintenance ?
Nodes in maintenance are nodes with a Dead state, a OAR maintenance property set to YES, or temporary in a really absent state (see above).
How to execute jobs within another one ?
For this functionality OAR provides the container job type. But please also have a look at the GNU Parallel tool, which may be more relevant and efficient.
With this functionality it is possible to execute several jobs inside another one, involving the OAR scheduling. This is especially relevant for tutorials or teaching labs, where jobs are created by a set of different users.
If all jobs, container and inner are from a same user, using GNU Parallel should be prefered.
- First create a job of type container, for example:
... OAR_JOB_ID=13542 ...
- Then the inner job type can be used, to get new jobs scheduled inside the previously created container job:
More information in Advanced_OAR#Container_jobs
About checkpoint/restart support in OAR
The Grid'5000 OAR service setup does not provide a seamless checkpoint/restart mechanism for jobs. While this is obviously a most wanted feature especially for long running tasks that have to be split in order to fit in the platform usage policy, we think this is better to let the user take care of it. Indeed, while some techniques exist, such as CRIU , none seems satisfactory enough for a sustainable deployment in Grid'5000.
Note that OAR provides a mechanism to trigger an application to checkpoint itself , and to get a checkpointed job resubmitted.
How to use MPI in Grid5000?
See also : The MPI Tutorial
See also : Storage
How do I access to other scientific infrastructures from Grid'5000 ?
Jean Zay supercomputer (and possibly others GENCI supercomputers)
If you have an account on the Jean Zay supercomputer operated by the Institute for Development and Resources in Intensive Scientific Computing (IDRIS), it is possible to connect directly to it using ssh/scp/sftp from Grid'5000 frontends or reserved nodes.
For this to be effective, you must add the Grid'5000 SSH outcoming IP addresses to the list of the IP addresses bound to your Jean Zay account.
These addresses are:
- 184.108.40.206 (nr-lil-536.grid5000.fr)
- 220.127.116.11 (nr-sop-535.grid5000.fr)
The procedure is the following:
- First download from the IDRIS website the form required to manage your account
- Then fill in the required sections:
- "Add, modify or delete machines"
- add IP/name of the two IP/name addresses cited above
- both you and your associated security manager must sign this part of the form
- "Complete this box only if the machines are under the responsibility of an organisation or a department which is not the demander’s organisation"
- Organisation hosting the machines: GIS Grid'5000
- Laboratory unit number (if CNRS) or acronym: Grid'5000
- Address: https://www.grid5000.fr
- Telephone: leave this field blank
- Last name, first name and qualification/function of the site manager: Pierre Neyron/Simon Delamare, Technical Directors
- Professional e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: leave this field blank
- "Add, modify or delete machines"
- Send us your request by mail at email@example.com:
- Subject: Request to connect to Jean Zay supercomputer from Grid'5000
- Attached: the above form filled and signed (PDF)
- Body of the mail (example): Hello, could you please sign the attached form because I need it to access to Jean Zay from Grid'5000 ? Best regards. YOU.
- We will send you back the form with our signature, and you will have to send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org (this will take roughly a day for this to be effective)