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.
yenservers are not designed for teaching!
Why use the
These servers offer you several advantages over using a laptop or desktop computer.
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!
Tools like Matlab and Stata aren’t free for personal use, but are installed and licensed to use on the
Current cluster configuration
|Server (Host) Name||Physical Processing Cores||Memory|
|yen10.stanford.edu (part of
|yen11.stanford.edu (part of
|yen12.stanford.edu (part of
How to connect
There are various ways to connect to the
When you SSH in to
yen.stanford.edu, a load-balancer will assign you to
yen12 servers can only be accessed using the scheduler.