Interactive sessions

An Interactive session can be started on a compute node by using one of the following commands/aliases - Interactive or Xinteractive.

For jobs which do not require a graphical display set back to your PC (i.e command line things)


For jobs which need a graphical user interface (i.e. Matlab, Stata) - You need to have x forwarding configured for this to work 


For an interactive session using a large memory queue (48GB)

interactive -q interactive-lm

Similarly for GUI interactive session using a large memory queue (48GB)

Xinteractive -q interactive-lm

The aliases above mean that you don't have to worry about the more complicated command which is actually running.

bsub -L /bin/bash -q interactive -cwd "$HOME" -Is /bin/bash

bsub -XF -L /bin/bash -q interactive -cwd "$HOME" -Is /bin/bash

To run jobs on only new nodes (Sandybridge 16 core) use one the the following shortcuts, in addition to the interactive/Xinteractive commands