HCC Documentation

The Holland Computing Center supports a diverse collection of research computing hardware.  Anyone in the University of Nebraska system is welcome to apply for an account on HCC machines.

Access to these resources is by default shared with the rest of the user community via various job schedulers. These policies may be found on the pages for the various resources. Alternatively, a user may buy into an existing resource, acquiring ‘priority access’. Finally, several machines are available via Condor for opportunistic use. This will allow users almost immediate access, but the job is subject to preemption.

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Quick Start Guides

Which Cluster to Use?

Crane: Crane is the newest and most powerful HCC resource . If you are new to using HCC resources, Crane is the recommended cluster to use initially.  Limitations: Crane has only 2 CPU/16 cores and 64GB RAM per node. CraneOPA has 2 CPU/36 cores with a maximum of 512GB RAM per node. If your job requires more than 36 cores per node or you need more than 512GB of memory, consider using Tusker instead.

Tusker: Similar to Crane, Tusker is another cluster shared by all campus users. It has 4 CPU/ 64 cores and 256GB RAM per node. Two nodes have 1024GB RAM for very large memory jobs. So for jobs requiring more than 36 cores per node or large memory, Tusker would be a better option.

User Login

For Windows users, please refer to this link For Windows Users. For Mac or Linux users, please refer to this link For Mac/Linux Users.

Logging into Crane or Tusker

ssh <username>
ssh <username>

Duo Security

Duo two-factor authentication is required for access to HCC resources. Registration and usage of Duo security can be found in this section: Setting up and using Duo

Important Notes

  • The Crane and Tusker clusters are separate. But, they are similar enough that submission scripts on whichever one will work on another, and vice versa.  
  • The worker nodes cannot write to the /home directories. You must use your /work directory for processing in your job. You may access your work directory by using the command:
    $ cd $WORK


  • Crane - HCC’s newest machine, Crane has 7232 Intel Xeon cores in 452 nodes with 64GB RAM per node.
  • Tusker - consists of 106 AMD Interlagos-based nodes (6784 cores) interconnected with Mellanox QDR Infiniband.
  • Red - This cluster is the resource for UNL’s US CMS Tier-2 site.
  • Anvil - HCC’s cloud computing cluster based on Openstack
  • Glidein - A gateway to running jobs on the OSG, a collection of computing resources across the US.

Resource Capabilities

Cluster Overview Processors RAM Connection Storage
Crane 548 node Production-mode LINUX cluster 452 Intel Xeon E5-2670 2.60GHz 2 CPU/16 cores per node

116 Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4 2.3GHz, 2 CPU/36 cores per node

452 nodes @ *64GB

79 nodes @ **256GB

37 nodes @ ***512GB
QDR Infiniband

EDR Omni-Path Architecture
~1.8 TB local scratch per node

~4 TB local scratch per node

~1452 TB shared Lustre storage
Tusker 82 node Production-mode LINUX cluster Opteron 6272 2.1GHz, 4 CPU/64 cores per node **256 GB RAM per node
***2 Nodes with 512GB per node
****2 Nodes with 1024GB per node
QDR Infiniband ~500 TB shared Lustre storage
~500GB local scratch
Red 344 node Production-mode LINUX cluster Various Xeon and Opteron processors 7,280 cores maximum, actual number of job slots depends on RAM usage 1.5-4GB RAM per job slot 1Gb, 10Gb, and 40Gb Ethernet ~6.67PB of raw storage space
Anvil 76 Compute nodes (Partially used for cloud, the rest used for general computing), 12 Storage nodes, 2 Network nodes Openstack cloud 76 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 2.30GHz 2 CPU/20 cores per node 76 nodes @ 256GB 10Gb Ethernet 528 TB Ceph shared storage (349TB available now)

You may only request the following amount of RAM: