Mahuika - Māui Differences

Aside from differences in software stack there are a few other differences between the platforms to be aware of.

Login

Both Mahuika and Māui require logging in to the Lander node first

ssh user123@lander.nesi.org.nz

You will be prompted.

Login Password (First Factor):
Authenticator Code (Second Factor):

Mahuika

Mahuika follows the same procedure as the lander node.

ssh login.mahuika.nesi.org.nz

You will be prompted.

First Factor:
Second Factor (optional):

Māui

Maui differs slightly in how you are authenticated.

ssh login.maui.nesi.org.nz

You will be prompted.

Password:

Where Password is equal to First Factor + Second Factor e.g. password123456

Job Limits

Both Maui and Mahuika have limits on the size and types of jobs you can run, but the limits on each machine is different.

Mahuika

Mahuika is made up of several partitions which have different resources and different limits. A job can request up to 20,000 CPU core hours, running up to 3 weeks with up to 576 CPU cores (8 full nodes). Furthermore, there are special nodes available with high memory (up to 6 TB) or GPUs. Depending on what resources you are requesting and for how long, your jobs will be automatically placed into the most suitable partition. Mahuika allows the submission of jobs with variable amounts of CPUs and memory with nodes being able to be shared between jobs.

Māui

Māui only has a single partition to which NeSI users are permitted to submit work. A job can request up to 1,200 Māui node hours, running up to 24 hours with up to 240 nodes. Māui only allows submission of jobs in units of nodes, so the smallest possible job takes a whole node, and there can never be more than one job on a node at a time.

Additionally, projects with valid allocations on Māui will also have access to Maui's ancilliary nodes, where jobs requiring up to 768 GB of memory or jobs that require GPUs can be run. When submitting a job to the Māui ancillary nodes you may also request parts of nodes, rather than needing to use the entire node. Because there are relatively few Māui ancillary nodes, if you require substantial amounts of time on nodes like the Māui ancillary nodes, we may grant your project an additional allocation on Mahuika. If we do so, we will not forbid you from using the Māui ancillary nodes while your Māui allocation remains valid and you are permitted to access NeSI clusters.

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