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Big Red II was retired from service on December 15, 2019; for more, see About Big Red II at Indiana University (Retired).


On Big Red II at Indiana University, you can use GAUSS interactively from the command line or in batch mode using a TORQUE job script. If your interactive session will require more than 20 minutes of processor time, you must run it as an interactive job on one of Big Red II's compute nodes in the Cluster Compatibility Mode (CCM) execution environment.

Set up your user environment

On the research supercomputers at Indiana University, the Modules environment management system provides a convenient method for dynamically customizing your software environment.

To use GAUSS on Big Red II, you must first add the gauss module to your user environment. To run GAUSS jobs on Big Red II's compute nodes in the CCM execution environment, you also must add the ccm module to your user environment. To make sure both modules are loaded every time you log into Big Red II, add the following lines to your ~/.modules file:

  module load gauss 
  module load ccm

For more about using Modules to configure your user environment, see Use Modules to manage your software environment on IU's research supercomputers.

Submit a GAUSS batch job

To submit a GAUSS batch job that will run on Big Red II's compute nodes in the CCM execution environment:

  1. Create a GUASS program (for example, program.e) containing the commands GUASS should run.
  2. Create a job script (for example, gauss_job) for the TORQUE resource manager on Big Red II. Your job script must include the ccmrun command, which will launch GAUSS on a compute node in the CCM environment, and the -l gres=ccm flag.

    For example (replace username with your IU username and with your IU email address):

     #PBS -l nodes=1:ppn=32
     #PBS -l walltime=00:10:00
     #PBS -l gres=ccm
     #PBS -m ae
     #PBS -M
     #PBS -N gauss_job_name
     #PBS -V
     cd /N/u/username/BigRed2/new_directory
     ccmrun tgauss -b program.e

    The above example job script will:

    • Change the working directory to the directory where the program.e m-file is located.
    • Invoke ccmrun to launch GAUSS.
    • Have GAUSS run the commands in the program.
    • Have Big Red II email you when the job is complete.
  3. Submit the job script to the TORQUE resource manager; on the command prompt, enter:
      qsub gauss_job
  4. To check the status of your job, use the qstat command (replace username with your IU username):
      qstat -u username 

Run GAUSS interactively


If your interactive session will require less than 20 minutes of processor time, you can load the gauss module and launch the application from the Big Red II command line; for example:

  jajbinks@login1:~> module load gauss
  jajbinks@login1:~> tgauss

Interactive sessions requiring more than 20 minutes of processor time must be run as interactive jobs on a Big Red II compute nodes in the CCM execution environment. This method of interactive execution is strongly recommended, as the login nodes are not intended for computational work.

To run an interactive GAUSS job on Big Red II:

  1. Make sure your user environment is configured properly; see Set up your user environment above.
  2. From the command line, enter the qsub command with the -I (interactive), -l gres=ccm, and -q cpu (CPU queue) flags added; for example:
      jajbinks@login1:~> qsub -I -l walltime=01:00:00 -l nodes=1:ppn=32 -l gres=ccm -q cpu  

    When the resources needed to run your job are available, your job will start. Once the CCM execution environment is initialized, you'll be placed on one of Big Red II's aprun nodes:

      qsub: waiting for job 79064 to start
      qsub: job 79064 ready
      In CCM JOB:  79064  JID  79064  USER  jajbinks  GROUP  uits
      Initializing CCM environment, Please Wait
      waiting for jid....
      CCM Start success, 1 of 1 responses
      Directory: /N/u/jajbinks/BigRed2
      Tue Sep 10 15:29:21 EDT 2013
  3. From the aprun command line, enter the ccmlogin command:
      jajbinks@aprun1:~> ccmlogin

    This will place you on a Big Red II compute node (for example, nid00885):

      Warning: Permanently added '[nid00885]:203' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
  4. From the compute node command prompt, enter tgauss to launch GAUSS:
      jajbinks@nid00885:~> tgauss
      GAUSS 14.0.1 (Oct 23 2013, 3493) 64-bit
      (C)Copyright 1984-2012 Aptech Systems, Inc.
      All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

Get help

If you need help or have questions regarding the use of GAUSS on IU's research supercomputers, contact the UITS Research Applications and Deep Learning team.

Support for IU research supercomputers, software, and services is provided by the Research Technologies division of UITS. To ask a question or get help, contact UITS Research Technologies.

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