Stern School of Business, New York University

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 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.

--time=hh:mm:sswall clock time
--mem=XXGmaximum memory in GB
--cpus-per-task=Xnumber of cpus requested per task
--nodes=Xnumber of requested compute nodes
--gres=gpu:type:Ntype 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.

NOTE: Do not run your jobs directly on the fastx server.
The fastx server is for handling graphical rendering
and not for job processing.

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.