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It is currently a work in progress, have any tips for us? Please let us know by email: e.wien@issc.leidenuniv.nl
 
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==Overview==
 
 
== Overview ==
 
 
Before you set up your connection to ALICE, it is useful to have a generic view of the environment. The picture below describes how the connection to the HPC is going to be set up.
 
Before you set up your connection to ALICE, it is useful to have a generic view of the environment. The picture below describes how the connection to the HPC is going to be set up.
  
[[File:Alice Overview.jpg|654x654px]]
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From your workstation you can connect to the Gateway, this Gateway will be able to connect to both the Storage as well as the Login node.
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|The two login nodes can be used to prepare your work. After setting up your calculations, you can place a calculation request in the queue.  
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|The two login nodes can be used to prepare your work. After setting up your calculations, you can place a calculation request in the queue.
 
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|Data Share
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|The data share node is used to store any research data used to perform your calculation.
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Read more here: [[Data storage|File storage]]
 
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==Access==
 
==Access==
Before anything, you'll need access, for more info, see: [[Gaining access]]
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You need two accounts, the first is your Leiden University account that you will use to login to the Gateway, the other is your ALICE account that you will use to login to the ALICE Login node.
  
Connecting to ALICE is done using port-forwarding and/or tunnels. The steps to follow depend on your local operating system. The following step-by-step guides are set up:
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Depending on your local system, you can use different tools to connect to ALICE. In all cases you'll need to facilitate port-forwarding and/or tunnels. For a step-by-step guide, please select one of the following:
  
*[[Connect from Windows]]
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Latest revision as of 18:07, 18 April 2020

This page is meant as a step-by-step guide to help you on your way with using ALICE.

It is currently a work in progress, have any tips for us? Please let us know by email: e.wien@issc.leidenuniv.nl

Note: If you don't have an account yet, please request one: Getting an account

Overview

Before you set up your connection to ALICE, it is useful to have a generic view of the environment. The picture below describes how the connection to the HPC is going to be set up.

Alice Overview.jpg

Name Function IP / DNS
Gateway The gateway provides a secure method of authenticating over SSH.


From your workstation you can connect to the Gateway, this Gateway will be able to connect to both the Storage as well as the Login node.

ssh-gw.leidenuniv.nl
Login The two login nodes can be used to prepare your work. After setting up your calculations, you can place a calculation request in the queue. 10.161.0.12

10.161.0.13

Data Share The data share node is used to store any research data used to perform your calculation.

Read more here: File storage

campusdata20.alice.universiteitleiden.nl (10.161.0.33)
Management The management node can be used to retrieve information concerning the HPC. 10.161.0.10
Queue The queue is a mechanism of Slurm, when a job is first in line it is picked up when compute resources are available.
Compute Nodes When the compute nodes are assigned with a job they execute the calculation.


Access

You need two accounts, the first is your Leiden University account that you will use to login to the Gateway, the other is your ALICE account that you will use to login to the ALICE Login node.

Depending on your local system, you can use different tools to connect to ALICE. In all cases you'll need to facilitate port-forwarding and/or tunnels. For a step-by-step guide, please select one of the following:


Having finished this step, you will have access to both the command line and the file system of ALICE. In the next steps we'll explain how to start using ALICE.


In progress.