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FarmShare is Stanford’s community computing environment. It is primarily intended for use in coursework and unsponsored research (note that some software tools, like ANSYS, are only licensed for use on Farmshare for academic course use, not research); users participating in sponsored or departmental research should investigate the Sherlock service or other, local alternatives, instead. FarmShare is not approved for use with high-risk data, including protected health information and personally identifiable information, and is subject to University policies on acceptable use.

For a description of the current environment, see FarmShare 2. More information can be found in the service documentation.


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System Status

FarmShare is fully operational.

The next downtime for maintenance is scheduled for Thursday, December 20; FarmShare will be unavailable approximately 8 AM–5 PM on this date. During this period all FarmShare systems will be down; you will not be able to login, submit jobs, or access files in your FarmShare home directory.

Getting Started

Any person with a full-service SUNet ID can access FarmShare.

Connecting

Do not connect to farm.stanford.edu. While there is such a system, it is not part of the FarmShare service.

Log into rice.stanford.edu. Authentication is by SUNet ID and password (or GSSAPI), and two-step authentication is required.

ssh sunetid@rice.stanford.edu

SSH host keys and fingerprints are available for verification.

For light-duty, interactive work (e.g., e-mail, web browsing and development, file editing, and AFS access or file transfers), log into cardinal.stanford.edu, instead.

ssh sunetid@cardinal.stanford.edu

cardinal systems should not be used for long-running or compute- and/or memory-intensive work.

For more information, see Getting Connected and Advanced Connection Options.

User Guide

The User Guide has information regarding storage, file-transfer, and cluster configuration. See the FAQ for common issues, and tips and tricks.

Support

SRCC staff can be reached by e-mail at: srcc-support@stanford.edu. When reporting a problem, please let us know that you're running on FarmShare and report any relevant details, including the full text of any error message you're receiving, and the job ID and contents of your batch script (if applicable).

Course Instructors

If you are a course instructor using FarmShare for classwork and have any special requests or requirements please contact SRCC at least 30 days before the start of the academic quarter in which the class will be held. We try to accommodate reasonable requests but staff time is limited.

Discussion List

Subscribe to the community discussion list, farmshare-discuss, post questions and concerns to: farmshare-discuss@lists.stanford.edu, or browse the archives.

Office Hours

SRCC participates in SMACC (C2) office hours, held weekly in the basement of Huang Engineering Center, near the ICME offices.

Office hours are closed for Winter break; new hours for the Winter Quarter will be posted when available.

SMACC office hours are not held during the Summer Quarter, or during inter-quarter periods.

SSDS Consulting

The SSDS group supports statistical software, including R, Stata, and SAS. They are located in the Velma Denning Room in the Bing Wing of Green Library and hold office hours Monday–Thursday, 2–5 PM, starting in the second week of each quarter and ending the last week of classes. SRCC staff are present on the third Tuesday of each month, from 2–4 PM. SSDS office hours are not held during the Summer Quarter.

Software

A variety of useful software, including some popular commercial software, is provided as part of the FarmShare environment. If something is missing, or a particular application, library, or utility needs updating, please let us know. We try to accommodate reasonable requests but staff time is limited.

For more information, see Software.

Packaged Software

FarmShare systems run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and most software is sourced from standard repositories.

Modules and Licensed Software

Some software, including all licensed software, is built and/or installed manually and organized using the Lmod environment module system.

module help
module avail
module load

Please note that commercial software is licensed for use on FarmShare only in coursework, and not for research.

User-installed Software

New or updated software can often be built and/or installed by users in their own home directories, and local package managers like Linuxbrew and Spack can help. Local package managers are also available for many programming languages (e.g., pip, virtualenv, and Conda for Python, local::lib and Perlbrew for Perl, and Luarocks for Lua), and some of these provide tools for managing entire local programming environments.

Containers

Singularity containers are supported, but bootstrapping an image requires root access, so you'll need to create your containers elsewhere and copy them to FarmShare to run.

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