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Target usage: large memory, threaded and MPI jobs
System information: see bramble system page in web portal
System status: see bramble status page
Real time system data: see Ganglia monitoring page
Full list of SHARCNET systems

System overview

Bramble is an SGI Altix 450 consisting of 32 dual core Itanium 2 (IA-64) processors for a total of 64 core and 128 GB of memory.

Since this is contributed hardware, regular user jobs can be suspended on demand if needed.


Any problems with bramble should be reported via the SHARCNET web portal problem ticket system.

Accessing the System

The machine can be reached via ssh on the SHARCNET network as bramble or remotely as

Compiling and Submitting Jobs

The default compiler is Intel and will be found in the user's path.


Serial, threaded, and mpi jobs have a 7 day runtime limit while the test queue has a 1 hour limit. There is a maximum of 60 processors available to run user jobs.

Performance Tuning

Bramble is a NUMA architecture; processes will see faster memory performance in their local memory domain. To ensure that processes always try to allocate memory on their local domain we recommend wrapping your executable with numactl -l in your sqsub command. Presently this behavior is implemented by default for jobs that run in the MPI queue. To run jobs without our default binding policy use -f nobind when submitting your job with sqsub. For further details on using numactl please see Using numactl.