KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Newsletter 11th March

In this newsletter:

  • RCAC meeting
  • Shaheen Maintenance: 23rd of March and end of April
  • Network ACI Fabric and downlinks upgrade by IT on Friday, 12 March 2021, 8:00AM to 10:00PM
  • Tip of the week: Arm Forge tools
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Previous Announcements
  • Previous Tips

RCAC meeting

The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is 31 March 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

Shaheen Maintenance: 23rd of March and end of April

We would like to announce our next maintenance session on Shaheen on the 23rd of March 2021 between the hours of 8 and 5pm. We plan to apply the latest patches and security updates, as well as reboot and fix the hardware on the system. Access to the files and login nodes should be possible during the outage. 

We would also like to give you an advanced notice for the longer Shaheen outage towards the end of April. The datacentre team will be performing their annual PPM on the power supply equipment. At the same time, we will upgrade Shaheen existing project and scratch filesystems. This is an essential step before bringing our newly acquired filesystem online and providing more project storage space. We estimate that the combined Shaheen outage should take around 4-6 days. We will communicate the details closer to the date.  As always, please contact us at help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa should you have any concerns or questions.

Network ACI Fabric and downlinks upgrade by IT Networks on Friday, 12 March 2021, 8:00AM to 10:00PM

There is a scheduled maintenance for ACI fabric and downlinks upgrade by IT on Friday, 12 March 2021 8:00AM to 10:00PM, during this maintenance window, users may experience intermittent loss of connectivity or slowness.

Tip of the week: Arm Forge tools

Arm Forge tools are a useful way to debugging and profiling your applications. These tools sample and/or instrument your source code and provide valuable information about bugs, performance bottleneck and even highlight potential hotspots to increase performance of your applications on Shaheen.

One useful feature of Arm Forge tools is to establish a reverse connection to Shaheen’s compute node(s) and run a thin client on your workstation/laptop. This allows you to work from anywhere without having to deal with bandwidth and latency issue caused by your internet connection and not having to deal with X11 windows for Forge’s GUI. Please visit the this page for details on how to run a remote client to connect an Arm Forge DDT session for debugging. Some useful and relevant demos were also presented in a recent webinar session.

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