KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Newsletter 12th April 2017

In this newsletter:

  • Annual Power Maintenance 20-25th April
  • KAUST-ANSYS Workshop on 16th April  2017
  • Shaheen Project proposals
  • Reminder of purge policies on Lustre
  • Tip of the Week: Checking your Shaheen account expiry date
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Previous Announcements

Annual Power Maintenance 20-25th April 2017

Due to the annual power maintenance in the Data Centre, all systems will be unavailable from 16:00 on Thursday 20th April until approximately 16:00 on Tuesday 25th April.

KAUST-ANSYS Workshop on 16th April  2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Computer Lab Room, Level 3, University Library

The KAUST Supercomputing Core Laboratory is co-organizing with ANSYS and their channel partner for the Middle East, Fluid Codes, a one-day workshop about ANSYS based engineering applications using Shaheen II on Sunday, 16th April  2017. ANSYS is a leader in developing engineering simulation software.

At the workshop you can find out more about:

  • Shaheen II and how ANSYS software can be used on this world class supercomputer
  • Presentations about ANSYS CFD
  • Presentations about ANSYS Mechanical
  • Parallel Computing - Impact of HPC in reducing the time to solution
  • Hands-on demos on using ANSYS software

The objective of this workshop is to engage industrial partners, and to educate engineering students.

Click here to register for the event. Please note that seating for this hands-on event is limited. 

For more information, visit the workshop website or contact us at training@hpc.kaust.edu.sa.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Rooh Khurram, workshop chair


Shaheen Project proposals:

The project submission deadline for the next RCAC meeting is 30th April 2017. Please note that the RCAC meetings are held once per month. Projects received on or before this deadline will be included in the agenda for the next RCAC meeting, scheduled to be held in May 2017. The detailed procedure and the updated forms are available here:


Reminder of purge policies on Lustre

Terms and Conditions of Usage for Shaheen have recently been updated to include our data storage policies:

  • /scratch/<username> and /scratch/project/<projectname>: files not modified AND not accessed in the last 60 days will be deleted. Note that as /scratch is designated as temporary storage; the data is NOT copied to tape.
  • /scratch/tmp: temporary folder - files not modified AND not accessed in the last 3 days will be deleted.
  • /project/<projectname>: 20 TB limit per project. Once a project has used 20TB of disk storage, files will be automatically deleted from disk with a weighting based on date of last access. Stub files will remain on disk that link to the tape copy, so from a user's perspective the file will still be visible on disk using normal commands such as ls, but will take time to recover from tape back to disk if the file needs to be read.
  • all data in /project/<projectname> and /scratch/project/<projectname> will be deleted permanently 1 month after core hour allocations for the project have expired unless a further application has been submitted for RCAC consideration.

The full terms and Conditions can be viewed at https://www.hpc.kaust.edu.sa/sites/default/files/files/public/documents/...


Tip of the Week: Checking your Shaheen account expiry date

You will be alerted by email shortly before your Shaheen account is due to expire, at which point you should send us an updated copy of your ID. You can also check your expiry date at any time from a login node using the following command:

       ldapsearch -x -LLL uid=<login-id> kslIdExpires


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