The bluepebble system is cluster of powerful servers run by
the Advanced Computing
Research Centre. Most of the machines have been bought by
research groups across the University. We have bought 300Tb of storage
on this system, we are also allowed to use the compute facilities of
this cluster via their job submission system. Unfortunately, this
cluster is not directly accessible from our systems, you need to log
on to the bluepebble head node to use and copy your data to the
Log in via the head node bp1-login.acrc.bris.ac.uk, ie
Where XXXXX is your UoB username.
Our storage is called /bp1/phaethon, this is divided into two
parts, one part called 'diana' (around 150Tb) is for Sotiria and her
students who partially funded the storage, and the other 'astro_users'
is for general use. When you request access, you must request a disk
space quota (see below). There is about 150Tb in astro_users and
currently it is not very full, use your discretion when requesting
space, 20Tb is probably a reasonable starting place.
In order to request access bluepebble compute and storage, you need to use the
You must click the button that says that you want to join an exisiting
project, and in the text box, please copy and paste the following.
I would like an account on blue pebble to use the phaethon storage
Project Title:Phaethon general data storage
I will need to be in the s-phaethon and s-astro groups.
I will need a quota of 20Tb please.
Please check with Sotiria which groups are required to access her part
of the storage and the quota to request.
Transferring files to Phaethon example
After your account has been created, and you have logged in to check
access, then files can be transferred using a command like the
You can also transfer many files using wildcards, eg
please change the XXXX to the correct username for you.
The scheduler on Bluepebble is moving from PBSPro to SLURM (which is
the same as BlueCrystal4). More information
Bluepebble documentation is here:
Intro to HPC and Bluepebble training mataerials are
Video Recording of the Intro to HPC on BluePebble course:https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/e89cb5df-d849-495a-a474-e249b9cbb38b?referrer=https:%2F%2Fwww.bristol.ac.uk%2F
Please email email@example.com
At some point (before July 2023) the path to Phaethon changed from /bp1storage/phaethon/ to /bp1/phaethon/.
Last modified: Monday, 24 July 2023