Welcome to KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory

KAUST Supercomputing Lab (KSL)'s mission is to inspire and enable scientific, economic and social advances through the development and application of HPC solutions, through collaboration with KAUST researchers and partners, and through the provision of world-class computational systems and services.

  • Offering world-class HPC and data resources in a fashion that stimulates research and development.
  • Assisting KAUST researchers and partners to exploit the HPC resources at KAUST with a combination of training, consultation and collaboration.
  • Collaborating with KAUST researchers in the joint development of HPC solutions that advance the scientific knowledge in the disciplines strategic to KAUST mission.
  • Growing HPC capability at KSL over time to meet the future needs of the KAUST community.



  • In this newsletter:

    • Computational Fluid Dynamics on Shaheen
    • RCAC Meeting
    • KAUST supercomputer Shaheen II joins the fight against COVID-19
    • Tip of the Week: The environment variable KAUST_FACILITY
    • Follow us on Twitter
    • Previous Announcements
    • Previous Tips


    Computational Fluid Dynamics on Shaheen

    Did you know that KSL provides CFD services for the Kingdom? On Shaheen, KAUST researchers and their Saudi industrial partners can use Fluent, which is a widely used CFD simulation software. Fluent scales to a hundred thousand cores on Shaheen for complex industrial problems. Please contact us at help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa if you need our consultancy in assessing suitability of Fluent for your industrial collaborations.


    RCAC Meeting

    The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is 31st May 2020. Please note that the RCAC meetings are held once per month. Projects received on or before the submission deadline will be included in the agenda for the subsequent RCAC meeting. The detailed procedures, updated templates and forms are available here: https://www.hpc.kaust.edu.sa/account-applications


    KAUST supercomputer Shaheen II joins the fight against COVID-19

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites researchers from across the Kingdom to submit proposals for COVID-19-related research. Recognizing the urgency to address global challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic through scientific discovery and innovation, the University’s Supercomputing Core Laboratory (KSL) is making computing resources—including the flagship Shaheen II supercomputer and its expert scientists—available to support research projects.

    Topics may include but are not limited to: understanding the virus on a molecular level; understanding its fluid-dynamical transport; evaluating the repurposing of existing drugs; forecasting how the disease spreads; and finding ways to stop or slow down the pandemic.

    Accepted proposals can access the following resources: (1) Shaheen II, a Cray XC-40 supercomputer based on Intel Haswell processors with nearly 200,000 compute cores tightly connected with Aries high-speed interconnect; (2) Ibex cluster, a high throughput computer system with about 500 computing nodes using Intel Skylake and Cascade Lake CPUs and Nvidia V100 GPUs; and (3) KSL staff scientists, who will provide support, training and consultancy to maximize impact. Through 30 June 2020, up to 15% of these resources will be reserved for fast-tracking competitive COVID-19 proposals through the KAUST Research Computing Allocation Committee.  Thereafter, such proposals remain welcome and will be considered in the standard process.

    Applicants can apply for computing allocations using the COVID-19 Project Proposal form. Please submit the form to projects@hpc.kaust.edu.sa. Submitted proposals will be fast-tracked for processing.

    Please contact help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa with any inquiries.


    Tip of the Week: The environment variable KAUST_FACILITY

    Each KSL HPC service sets up an environment variable KAUST_FACILITY whenever a new ssh connection is established to a login node, the value of the variable being one of "Ibex", "Neser" or "Shaheen". This environment variable can then be used in .bashrc or .bash_profile files to take appropriate actions based on the environment. For example, using last week's tip as an example:

    case "$KAUST_FACILITY" in
            : # settings for Shaheen
            export My_Env="Path of Shaheen env"
             module swap PrgEnv-cray PrgEnv-intel
            : # settings for Neser
            export My_Env="Path of Neser env"
             module load intel


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