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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:

    • Delayed Start to Data Centre Upgrade starting on July 7th (not June 17th)
    • Shaheen projects extended by 2 months
    • RCAC meeting
    • Follow us on Twitter and YouTube
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    Delayed Start to Data Centre Upgrade starting on July 7th (not June 17th)

    As previously announced, in preparation for the arrival of Shaheen III, scheduled to be installed in 2023, the four power substations that supply Building 1 Data Centre will be replaced.

    The Data Centre team have advised that due to shipping delays of critical equipment, the new expected shutdown date is Thursday 7th of July, with an expected completion date of 18th of August. Due to the complexity of the project, there may be further delays – these will be shared when confirmed.

    Reminder that during that time, power available in the data centre will be substantially reduced.

    This outage will require a shutdown of a significant number of HPC services by KSL:

    •     Shaheen compute capability will not be available from the evening of July 6th, 2022
    •     Ibex and Neser will be operating at approximately half of the compute capacity

    KSL will try to maintain the following Shaheen services:

    •     Shaheen login nodes
    •     Shaheen filesystems (project, scratch and home)


    Shaheen projects extended by 2 months

    Due to the data center outage this summer, RCAC has approved for all projects active beyond July 1st 2022, the extension of an additional 2 months.


    RCAC meeting

    The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is June 30th. 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.


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