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Getting Started (Web-based)

1. Get Duo

You must use Duo authentication to log on to the Beta OnDemand web service.  Get more details on the Safe Computing Two-Factor page and enroll here.

2. Get a Flux user login

All Flux users have access to Beta.  You must establish an account on Flux by filling out this form.

3. Connect to Beta OnDemand

You must be on campus or on the VPN to connect to Beta OnDemand.  If you are trying to log in from off campus or using an unauthenticated wireless network such as MGuest, you have a couple of options:

Once you are on the University network, follow these instructions to connect:

  1. Open your web browser (Firefox, Edge, or Chrome in incognito recommended) and navigate to lighthouse.arc-ts.umich.edu
  2. Log into cosign using your uniqname and password:
  3. Complete Duo authentication: 
  4. You should now be logged in.

4. Get files

At the top of the page, click “Files” and then “Home Directory”.  A new tab will be created that contains the File Explorer: 

Here you can navigate your home folder.  The buttons do the following:

  • “Go To…”: Navigate to a specified folder
  • “Open in Terminal”: Opens the active folder in a terminal session (new tab)
  • “New File”: Creates a new file in the active folder
  • “New Dir”: Creates a new folder in the active folder
  • “Upload”: Select files from your local machine to upload to the active folder
  • “Show Dotfiles”: Reveals hidden files (usually do not need to be changed)
  • “Show Owner/Mode”: Shows ownership and permission information
  • “View”: Shows file contents inside the current tab
  • “Edit”: Opens a file editor in a new tab
  • “Rename/Move”: Gives a file a new path and/or name
  • “Download”: Downloads the file or folder to your local machine
  • “Copy”: Copies selected files to the clipboard
  • “Paste”: Pastes files from the clipboard
  • “(Un)Select All”: Select or unselect all files/folders
  • “Delete”: Deletes selected files/folders

5. Submit a job

At the top of the home page, click “Jobs” and then “Job Composer”.  A new tab will be created that contains the Job Composer: 

Upon your first visit to this page, you’ll go through a helpful tutorial.  The buttons do the following:

  • “New Job”: Creates a new job…
    • “From Default Template”: Uses system defaults for a bare bones “Hello World” job on the Beta cluster.  Please note that you will still need to specify your account.
    • “From Specified Path”: Creates a job from a specified job script.  See the Slurm User Guide for Beta for information on writing this script.  Some attributes (name, account) can be set here if not set in the script.
    • “From Selected Job”: Creates a new job that is a copy of the selected job.
  • “Edit Files”: Opens a the project folder in a new File Explorer tab, allowing you to edit the files within (see “Get Files” above for File Explorer instructions).
  • “Job Options”: Allows for editing the Name, Cluster, Job Script, and Account fields.
  • “Open Terminal”: Opens a terminal session in a new tab, starting in the project folder.
  • “Submit”: Submits the selected job to the cluster.
  • “Stop”: Stops the selected job if it has been submitted.
  • “Delete”: Delete the selected job.

To view active job information, click “Jobs” and then “Active Jobs” from the home page.

This is a simple guide to get your jobs up and running. For more advanced Slurm features and job scripting information, see the Slurm User Guide for Beta. If you are familiar with using the resource manager Torque, you may find the migrating from Torque to Slurm guide useful.

Interactive Apps

At the top of the home page, click “Interactive Apps” and then select your desired application.

Beta Remote Desktop

Launches an interactive desktop in a new tab (uses noVNC).  Specify your account, hours, memory, cores, and partition:

Upon selecting “Launch”, your job will be queued on one of your nodes and shown on the “My Interactive Sessions” screen. As soon as the job’s status is “Running”, you can click on “Launch noVNC in New Tab”:

A remote desktop session will then be opened in a new tab for the requested amount of time.  If you finish early, return to the “My Interactive Sessions” tab and delete the job.

MATLAB

Launches an interactive desktop with MATLAB configured and running in a new tab (uses noVNC).  Specify your desired version, account, hours, and memory (4GB minimum):

Upon selecting “Launch”, your job will be queued on one of your nodes and shown on the “My Interactive Sessions” screen. As soon as the job’s status is “Running”, you can click on “Launch noVNC in New Tab”:

A remote desktop session running MATLAB will then be opened in a new tab for the requested amount of time. You may also use the terminal and other basic applications. If you finish early, return to the “My Interactive Sessions” tab and delete the job.

Jupyter Notebook Server

Launches a Jupyter Notebook Server in a new tab. Specify your desired version, project name, hours, memory, cores, runtime directory, and partition (usually your PI’s uniqname):

Upon selecting “Launch”, your job will be queued on one of your nodes and shown on the “My Interactive Sessions” screen. As soon as the job’s status is “Running”, you can click on “Connect to Jupyter”:

For instructions on using Jupyter Notebook, see the official documentation.