Current System Status

LMAR :: FAST-NU PWR GPU Computing Facility

What is Lmar?

"Lmar", Pashto for "Sun" (also pronounced "Nwar"), is a GPU computing facility established at FAST-Peshawar campus in summer of 2014. The facility is established with a major hardware donation from NVIDIA Corporation, manufacturer of NVIDIA based graphic cards and a research grant from FAST-NU. The facility is intended to be used for coding & development, and research, and is open to both students and faculty.



IDE/Tools/Toolchains available

What can I Use it For?

The facility is intended to be used for coding & development, and research, and is open to both students and faculty.

What can I Not Use it For?

You cannot use the facility to install & play games. Also, You are not allowed to use the facility as a backup for your files. All files will be purged on a regular basis and it would be your responsibility to keep a backup of your data in order to avoid any inconvenience.

Frequently Asked Questions?

Note temporary IP is (port 50000) in all cases instead of

  1. How do I connect to the server from Linux?

    Fire up any shell and type the command:

    ssh -l your_user_id -XY -p 50000
  2. How do I connect to the server from Windows?

    Download and run the Putty SSH client from their webpage. Specify Host Name:, Port Number: 50000, Connection type: SSH, and then click on Open.

  3. How do I copy files from my Linux machine to the Server?

    There are multiple ways to do it. You can perform settings directly in your file manager (pcmanfm/nautilus), or you can use shell (rsync or scp). Using scp, you can use following to transfer from your machine to the server:

    scp -P 50000 <folder at source>/* <your_user_id>@<your_user_id>/<folder at destination>

    Likewise, files from Lmar to your PC can be copied using the following command:

    scp -P 50000  <your_user_id>@<your_user_id>/<folder at source>/* <folder at destination>
  4. How to I copy files from my Windows machine to the server?

    For Windows, download and run the Windows SCP client from their website. Provide the host name:, port: 22, and your username and password. Once logged in, you will see your local files on the left side pane, and your files on Lmar on the right side pane. Rest is just drag and drop.

  5. I want super-user rights to install something

    Since the system is used simultaneously by other users, any system-wide installation with super-user rights may jeopardize configuration of other users. Hence no super-user rights can be given unfortunately. If you need anything installed, contact administration. Alternatively, you may install it in your user-space directory only.

  6. I want to install modules for Python using PIP or PIP3

    Installation of modules via pip/pip3 is not supported. You can create a virtual environment using virtualenv for Python 2.x or use venv arguement for Python 3.x. Once it is created, activate the virtual environment and use pip/pip3 from inside this environment.

Who to Contact for Help and/or Queries?

Dr. Omar Usman Khan, Department of Computer Science, Email: (Subject line must include keyword HPC-HELP)