Common Compute Node Local WorkDir Addressing
BC Project: FY20-01
Date of Policy: 28 Aug 2020
Last Updated: 16 Dec 2021 (see Revision Log)
This policy defines a common method by which users can access a unique local work
directory for each batch job, regardless of how it is implemented (e.g. SSD, NVMe,
Optane memory, or high speed HDD devices) on each allocated HPC system. The path
of this local work directory is defined in an environment variable
$LOCALWORKDIR) for each batch job on the nodes assigned to that job.
This local disk space will provide "near high-speed memory" performance characteristics to enhance application performance. It will be deleted (by the system) after each batch job so that full read/write access to the local workspace can be guaranteed to the next job/user on the node.
Since the workspace defined by
$LOCALWORKDIR is only available for the
duration of a batch job, the user is responsible for copying any files that need to be
retained beyond the length of the job run time to another space such as
$ARCHIVE_HOME. Likewise, at the beginning of a job,
files that require high bandwidth can be copied to
$LOCALWORKDIR from these
Each site/system can define how best to implement the
Shared compute nodes are exempt from this policy.
|16 Dec 2021||BC Team Audit|
|28 Aug 2020||Initial version|