The National Institute for Computational Sciences

Darter: Why shouldn’t I use "make -j 12" when compiling my code?

Unlike Darter's compute nodes, its login nodes have modest hardware specs: a single quad-core processor with 8 gigabytes of memory. However, each of the Darter login nodes may have up to 30 user login sessions active at any given time. As a result, a single user who runs a very processor- or memory-intensive task on a Darter login node can affect the work of several dozen other users. As a result, NICS recommends that concurrent makes ("make -j N") on Darter be done with an N of 2 or less.