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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:

    • Transition of HPC Clusters and Disruption of Services
    • Follow us on Twitter
    • Previous Announcements
    • New command - sb_user

    Transition of HPC Clusters and Disruption of Services

    In order to provide a more efficient and structured High-Performance Computing (HPC) service to the KAUST research community, the University is unifying all HPC services under the KAUST Core Labs. In addition to providing the current HPC services, the Core Labs will manage the HPC clusters currently provided by IT Research Computing Infrastructure (RCI) and Computational Biology Research Center (CBRC). The consolidation will result in Noor II nodes being merged into Dragon, streamlining of SMC nodes, and a common service layer presented to all users of various clusters. 

    To facilitate the transfer, it will be necessary to shut down Noor II, SMC, Noor GPU and Dragon, for one month starting June 1st, 8:00am, until June 30th. Users will not be able to submit jobs on these clusters between June 1st - June 30th.

    We are currently working with all organizations involved in HPC operations to plan and implement an orderly transition.  Please note that services on Shaheen will not be affected due to the shutdown of other clusters. As always, you can email help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa for any queries related to Shaheen. For questions related to other clusters, please join the Slack Channel by signing up at the following URL with your KAUST email: https://scale-kaust.slack.com/signup

    New Command - sb_user

    In addition to the command 'sb' that show allocations and remining balance on a project's allocation, we have written a a new command that gives a breakdown per user of the utilisation, the format of the command is sb_user <project id> e.g.:

    $ sb_user k1999  
    Project k1999: System Example
    PI: PI name
    User         Name                                     Core hours
    ------------ ---------------------------------------- ----------
    user1        User One                                      68899
    user2        User Two                                     265785
    user3        User Three                                    14437
    user4        User Four                                    153021
    ------------ ---------------------------------------- ----------
    Charged                                                   611171
    ------------ ---------------------------------------- ----------


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