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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:

    • Data Centre Downtime
    • KSL Seminar: Codee programming tools May 10, 2022
    • Shaheen Maintenance: May 24, 2022
    • RCAC meeting
    • Follow us on Twitter and YouTube
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    Data Centre Downtime

    As previously announced, in preparation for the arrival of Shaheen III, which is scheduled for 2023, the four power substations that supply Building 1 Data Centre will be replaced, a process that is scheduled to take six weeks. 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, Ibex and Neser will be operating at approximately half of their compute capacity. KSL will try to maintain the following Shaheen services -  Shaheen login nodes Shaheen filesystems (project, scratch and home) .

    After consulting with the PIs, the Research Computing Allocation Committee (RCAC) has recommended a single continuous downtime of 6 weeks - from 17 June to 28 July. Users and PIs are encouraged to identify the critical workloads that need to be supported during the above outage period and get in touch with us at help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa before 5pm on 12th May.


    KSL Seminar: May 10, 2022: Codee programming development tool

    The KAUST Supercomputing Core Laboratory (KSL) invites you to the next session of the KSL seminar series entitled: “Codee: A systematic, predictable approach to performance optimization”. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, May 10th, 4 pm - 5 pm. The seminar will be located in Building 3, level 5, Room 5220. Light refreshments will be served. Zoom access for remote attendees will be sent to registrants.

    The goal of this seminar is to bring awareness of Codee, programming development tool to improve the performance of C/C++/Fortran codes on multicore CPUs and GPUs. KSL has purchased the license and a module is available on Ibex. We will share during the seminar how to use the tool.

    Registration and more information are available here: https://www.hpc.kaust.edu.sa/KSL-Seminar-Codee-2022 


    Shaheen Maintenance : May 24, 2022

    The regular one day Shaheen maintenance session is scheduled on the 24th of May. This is to allow essential patches and software updates installation. 


    RCAC meeting

    The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is 30th April 2022. 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.


    Follow us on Twitter and YouTube

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