• PRACE User Documentation

  • The user documentation splits into the PRACE Primer and more comprehensive documents that contain detailed information on various topics.

    The PRACE Primer is a concise document about the PRACE infrastructure and services. It includes information about important concepts and provides practical information for users who want a brief practical overview of PRACE services. The Primer might also be valuable for those who want to lookup, e.g., which facilities and services are provided for data management, job submission and accounting. The Primer explains how to obtain a PRACE account and how to get access to the HPC infrastructure, either using UNICORE or through interactive access.

    The comprehensive user documentation contains topics such as the PRACE Common Production Environment, the Access to Accounting Information, Usage of the UNICORE Middleware and the PRACE Services for the Heterogeneous Management Layer, the Interactive Access to PRACE HPC Systems and Data Management with GridFTP.

  • Interactive Access Using gsissh (Interactive Access to HPC Resources)

    Accessing your Execution SiteAccessing your Execution Site from a Door node using gsisshThe fundamental steps are as follows:1) Users who have installed Globus or Cog-Kitsgrid-proxy-initEnter the passphrase that has been used when exporting the PKCS12-keystore.Next, gsissh to one of the Door Nodes, e.g. SURFSARA. The -p flag is optional, depending on your local configuration.gsissh int1-bb.cartesius.surfsara.nl […]

  • PRACE Batch Systems (PRACE Batch Systems)

    Introduction This document briefly describes each of the Batch Systems currently deployed at each of the PRACE platforms. It describes some basic commands of each system and then lists some site-specific commands which may be of interest. For further more detailed information, the user should visit the platform’s online User Guide. Overview This document lists […]


    Overview Introduction One method of creating, submitting and monitoring your PRACEproduction jobs is via the UNICORE Rich Client (URC), without the needfor the user to know the details of the target platform’s batch system.Indeed, UNICORE provides a seamless, uniform and secure access to theheterogeneous PRACE infrastructure. This document briefly describes theinstallation, configuration, and usage of […]

  • Interactive Access to HPC Resources (Interactive Access to HPC Resources)

    Interactive Access Interactive access is provided to all systems for which access is granted as part of a PRACE allocation of Tier-0 resources and DECI calls. Within PRACE, we recommend employing gsissh for interactive access to your Execution Site. First, employ gsissh on your local workstation to access a PRACE Door Node (currently either CINECA, […]

  • Data Transfer with GridFTP (Data Transfer with GridFTP)

    This document describes the deployment and usage of the data transfer facility GridFTP, a component of the Globus middleware suite. GridFTP allows to transfer data efficiently between PRACE sites as well as between a non-PRACE site and a PRACE site.

  • Accounting Report Tool (Distributed Accounting Report Tool)

    Description The PRACE infrastructure enables access to the PRACE CPU hourusage using DART, the Distributed Accounting Report Tool, which is aclient application which gathers accounting information provided byevery PRACE site in a standardised manner.Based on this information it generates reports of the usage ofdistributed computing resources within PRACE. These reports can bespecific for project supervisors, […]

  • Users’ General FAQs (User FAQs)

    This document is FAQ for the users’ of the PRACE infrastructure.

    This FAQ is kept up-to-date and readers are encouraged to submit newFAQ questions or other improvements.