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:

    • RCAC meeting
    • AI users survey
    • Tip of the week: Writing simple functions in bash shell
    • Follow us on Twitter
    • Previous Announcements
    • Previous Tips


    RCAC meeting

    The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is 28 February 2021. 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

    AI users survey

    As you are aware, the GPU resources at KSL have been in high demand nearing major conference deadlines. For better management of the current resources and planning for future expansions/extensions, it is important for us to keep up with the changing demand in workloads running on these GPU resources. We have designed a GPU workload characterization user survey to capture the state of your workloads. Please spare some time and complete this survey. We also kindly request AI faculty members to circulate the survey link to your students, postdocs and research scientists. Maximizing the number of responses will help us make more informed decisions which serve you well in near and far future. 


    Tip of the week: Writing simple functions in bash shell

    Did you know you could also enrich your bash environment with functions accepting parameters? They nicely complement aliases and shortcuts already presented in previous tips like  Bash Terminal keyboard shortcuts and Handy Bash Shell Aliases

    Defining a function is easy. Just type the following in your terminal, or include it in your ~/.bashrc if you plan to keep it in your environment.

    foo() {
      # code here

    Additional parameters passed as arguments to a function can be retrieved as $1, $2, .... etc...

    In order to call a function, type its name followed by the desired parameters

    foo my_arg_1 my_arg_2

    For example, here is how I implemented a function named interactive to start an interactive session on a given number of nodes and duration:

    interactive() {
           echo starting interactive job of $1 min on $2 nodes on debug queue
           salloc --time=$1 -N $2 -p debug  srun --pty bash -i

    just typing 

    interactive 30 2

    will start an interactive job of 30 minutes using 2 nodes of Shaheen 


    Follow us on Twitter

    Follow all the latest news on HPC within the Supercomputing Lab and at KAUST, on Twitter @KAUST_HPC.

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