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 yen2.stanford.edu as an example: this machine has 32 processing cores and about 1.5 TB of RAM. With yen2, 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 1.5 TB
yen2.stanford.edu 32 1.5 TB
yen3.stanford.edu 256 1 TB
yen4.stanford.edu 32 1.5 TB
yen5.stanford.edu 256 1 TB
yen10.stanford.edu (part of yen-slurm) 64 3 TB
yen11.stanford.edu (part of yen-slurm) 256 1TB
yen12.stanford.edu (part of yen-slurm) 32 1.5 TB


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, yen4 or yen5. The yen10, yen11 and yen12 servers can only be accessed using the scheduler.