Welcome to KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory

Shaheen II Node Status

Allocated: 3623
Idle: 2549
Other: 2

Total: 6174
Updated 24 November 2020 06:10

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
    • Maintenance Session
    • Tip of the week: Singularity Pull
    • Follow us on Twitter
    • Previous Announcements
    • Previous Tips


    RCAC meeting

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

    Maintenance Session

    The system will be unavailable between 01.12.2020 1pm and 03.12.2020 5pm.  During this outage, we will perform essential datacentre modification in preparation for the new filesystem. We will also upgrade and patch Shaheen to the latest software levels.

    Please note that access to files will not be possible during this time. Also, persistent burst buffer allocations will be cleared.

    Please get in touch with us at help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa should this cause any issues for your projects.


    Tip of the week: Singularity Pull

    When executing singularity pull command to pull large images from external repository such as Docker Hub, it is recommended to pull them in /home directory and then move it to your project or scratch directory from where you launch you jobscript.

    Also, to allow singularity to use larger space for temporary files while downloading the image blobs set the variable export SINGULARITY_TMPDIR=$HOME . ​


    Follow us on Twitter

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

    Previous Announcements


    Previous Tips