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This site replaces the former Compute Canada documentation site, and is now being managed by the Digital Research Alliance of Canada.

Ce site remplace l'ancien site de documentation de Calcul Canada et est maintenant géré par l'Alliance de recherche numérique du Canada.

This page is a translated version of the page Béluga and the translation is 100% complete.
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Availability : March, 2019
Login node : beluga.alliancecan.ca
Globus Endpoint : computecanada#beluga-dtn
Data Transfer Node (rsync, scp, sftp,...) : beluga.alliancecan.ca
Portal : https://portail.beluga.calculquebec.ca/

Béluga is a general purpose cluster designed for a variety of workloads and situated at the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal. The cluster is named in honour of the St. Lawrence River's Beluga whale population.

Site-specific policies

By policy, Béluga's compute nodes cannot access the internet. If you need an exception to this rule, contact technical support explaining what you need and why.

Crontab is not offered on Béluga.

Each job on Béluga should have a duration of at least one hour (five minutes for test jobs) and a user cannot have more than 1000 jobs, running and queued, at any given moment. The maximum duration for a job on Béluga is 7 days (168 hours).


Lustre filesystem, 105 TB of space
  • Location of home directories, each of which has a small fixed quota.
  • You should use the project space for larger storage needs.
  • Small fixed quota per user.
  • There is a daily backup of the home directories.
Lustre filesystem, 2.6 PB of space
  • Large space for storing temporary files during computations.
  • No backup system in place.
  • Large fixed quota per user.
Lustre filesystem, 25 PB of space
  • This space is designed for sharing data among the members of a research group and for storing large amounts of data.
  • Large adjustable quota per group.
  • There is a daily backup of the project space.

For transferring data via Globus, you should use the endpoint computecanada#beluga-dtn, while for tools like rsync and scp you can use a login node.

High-performance interconnect

A Mellanox Infiniband EDR (100 Gb/s) network connects together all the nodes of the cluster. A central switch of 324 ports links the cluster's island topology with a maximum blocking factor of 5:1. The storage servers are networked with a non-blocking connection. The architecture permits multiple parallel jobs with up to 640 cores (or more) thanks to a non-blocking network. For jobs requiring greater parallelism, the blocking factor is 5:1 but even for jobs executed across several islands, the interconnection is high-performance.

Node characteristics

Turbo mode is activated on all compute nodes of Béluga.

nodes cores available memory CPU storage GPU
160 40 92G or 95000M 2 x Intel Gold 6148 Skylake @ 2.4 GHz 1 x SSD 480G -
579 40 186G or 191000M 2 x Intel Gold 6148 Skylake @ 2.4 GHz 1 x SSD 480G -
10 6 x SSD 480G
51 40 752G or 771000M 2 x Intel Gold 6148 Skylake @ 2.4 GHz 1 x SSD 480G -
2 6 x SSD 480G
172 40 186G or 191000M 2 x Intel Gold 6148 Skylake @ 2.4 GHz 1 x NVMe SSD 1.6T 4 x NVidia V100SXM2 (16G memory), connected via NVLink
  • To get a larger $SLURM_TMPDIR space, a job can be submitted with --tmp=xG, where x is a value between 350 and 2490.