Grid Interactive Jobs
You can schedule an interactive job on the Grid using the FastX service which allows you to run a graphical interface to software such as Rstudio, matlab, Xstata, SAS, and more. It provides an experience similar to working on a desktop or laptop. We recommend you use the FASTX interface for a more responsive graphical interface.
Video Tutorial: Run interactive Stern Grid jobs and singularity containers
Running from a web browser
If you are not on campus, make sure you are logged in to the NYU VPN.
Point your browser to fastx.scrc.nyu.edu:3300 and login using your Stern credentials.
Start a Linux GNOME desktop session; Click PLUS sign → GNOME → Launch.
A Linux desktop opens. Click Activities → Terminal
Step 1 – Running an interactive job on the Stern Grid
Choose the slurm job parameters. Here are the most frequently used options.
|wall clock time|
|maximum memory in GB|
|number of cpus requested per task|
|number of requested compute nodes|
|type and number of requested GPUs where|
type = v100 or p6000
N = 1 for V100 or
N = 2 for P6000
Example – start an interactive job
$ srun --pty --mem=12gb --time=01:00:00 --cpus-per-task=2 --nodes=1 --pty /bin/bash
In this example, we are running on the Stern Grid node c4-24a and we have requested 12GB of memory, 2 hours of run time, 2 CPUs per task and 1 Grid node.
To see a list of all the Stern Grid nodes, use the command sinfo.
Example – run xstata
As with a batch job, you must choose the type and version of software you want to run. We use Modules to make this selection.