Yen Servers

At the GSB, we have a collection of Ubuntu Linux servers (the yen cluster) specifically for doing your research computing work. If you are a faculty member, PhD student, post-doc or research fellow, by default you should have access to these servers. They are administered by the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC) and located in Stanford’s data centers.

Why use the yen servers?

These servers offer you several advantages over using a laptop or desktop computer.

Better Hardware

Let’s use the server yen3.stanford.edu as an example: this machine has 32 processing cores and about 1.5 TB of RAM. With yen3, you are able to complete memory- or CPU-intensive work that would overwhelm even the best personal laptop!

Long running jobs

Even when your laptop is capable of doing the job, you may still want to offload that work to the external server. The server can free up resources for your laptop to use for other tasks such as browsing web sites, reading PDF files, working with spreadsheets, and so forth. If your laptop crashes, it’s very convenient for your compute jobs to continue!

Licensed software

Tools like Matlab and Stata aren’t free for personal use, but are installed and licensed to use on the yen servers.

Current cluster configuration

Server (Host) Name Physical Processing Cores Memory
yen1.stanford.edu 32 1.5TB
yen2.stanford.edu 32 1.5TB
yen3.stanford.edu 32 1.5TB
yen4.stanford.edu 32 1.5TB
yen10.stanford.edu 64 3TB

How to connect

There are various ways to connect to the yen servers.

When you SSH in to yen.stanford.edu, a load-balancer will assign you to yen1, yen2, yen3 or yen4. The yen10 server can only be accessed using the scheduler.

Working on yen

TBD quick links/notes

  • screen for long running jobs
  • storage/projects
  • don’t do web scraping
  • follow community guidelines
  • ask us for help