KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Newsletter 11th May

In this newsletter:

  • KAUST-AMD GPU Computing Workshop
  • RCAC meeting
  • Tip of the week: Checklist before using Shaheen from a remote location for a long period
  • Follow us on Twitter and Youtube
  • Previous Announcements
  • Previous Tips


KAUST-AMD GPU Computing Workshop

The KAUST Supercomputing Core Laboratory (KSL) in collaboration with AMD are pleased to invite you to the "KAUST-AMD GPU Computing Workshop ". This event provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest advances by AMD GPUs in Scientific Computing and Artificial Intelligence as well as showcasing some use cases of relevant KAUST applications.

The workshop is planned on May 25th-27th, 2021 starting 11AM each day and delivered online virtually by AMD experts.

For registration, please use this link for the main event on May 25th. For hands-on, and more details, please refer to the event webpage.


RCAC meeting

The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is 31st May 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


Tip of the week: Checklist before using Shaheen from a remote location for a long period

With Eid vacation starting imminently and summer holidays approaching, you may consider some actions to take to either prepare a remote usage of our HPC Resources, or a temporary pause in their use while you are away.

During the Eid break, we advise you to think about it and be proactive ahead of your vacation time  to prepare everything without any time constraints. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Update and check your VPN connection to kaust network. Go to http://vpn.kaust.edu.sa, download and install the Cisco Anyconnect client on your laptop. Test it with a non kaust network, using a wifi hotspot from your phone directly linked to mobily or STC network for example.
  • Change your password a few weeks before leaving to avoid having to change it while you're away. To do that, login to shaheen and type the command:
    It will change your password on Shaheen and Ibex but also for other KAUST services you're using (portal mail...), be sure to check that you can still access every thing you need.
  • Do a quick scan of the files living in /scratch. Remember that they will be deleted if not modified in 60 days. Move the valuable data to your /project directory, where files are not delted. Please move only the required ones! Check the tip of last week on the use of scratch and project
  • Note down the forecasted scheduled maintenance date. If you have a  recurrent workflow, you may have to relaunch a job or reset your tasks in crontab as they are cleared after each maintenance. 
  • Do a quick check on the number of files currently owned with the command 
                                 lfs quota -hu $USER /lustre.
    Estimate the additional number of files to be produced while you are away and clean the amount required in order to cope with the limit. Remember that policy set a hard limit in terms of global size and number of files. Your job will start and run almost as usual but each file creation above the quota will fail independantly...  if you are close to the quota limit the behaviour of your workflow could be impacted sporadically and it might be challenging for you to find the cause when coming back or working remotely behind a weaker internet connection.


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