KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Newsletter 16th July 2020

In this newsletter:

  • System Maintenance
  • RCAC meeting
  • KAUST supercomputer Shaheen II joins the fight against COVID-19
  • Tip of the Week: Making the best support request
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Previous Announcements
  • Previous Tips


System Maintenance

We would like to announce that our next maintenance session on Shaheen will be on Tuesday the 11th of August 2020. We will send another reminder and more details closer to the date. Please get in touch with us at help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa, should this cause any concerns.


RCAC meeting

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


KAUST supercomputer Shaheen II joins the fight against COVID-19

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites researchers from across the Kingdom to submit proposals for COVID-19-related research. Recognizing the urgency to address global challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic through scientific discovery and innovation, the University’s Supercomputing Core Laboratory (KSL) is making computing resources—including the flagship Shaheen II supercomputer and its expert scientists—available to support research projects.

Topics may include but are not limited to: understanding the virus on a molecular level; understanding its fluid-dynamical transport; evaluating the repurposing of existing drugs; forecasting how the disease spreads; and finding ways to stop or slow down the pandemic.

Accepted proposals can access the following resources: (1) Shaheen II, a Cray XC-40 supercomputer based on Intel Haswell processors with nearly 200,000 compute cores tightly connected with Aries high-speed interconnect; (2) Ibex cluster, a high throughput computer system with about 500 computing nodes using Intel Skylake and Cascade Lake CPUs and Nvidia V100 GPUs; and (3) KSL staff scientists, who will provide support, training and consultancy to maximize impact. Through 30 June 2020, up to 15% of these resources will be reserved for fast-tracking competitive COVID-19 proposals through the KAUST Research Computing Allocation Committee.  Thereafter, such proposals remain welcome and will be considered in the standard process.

Applicants can apply for computing allocations using the COVID-19 Project Proposal form. Please submit the form to projects@hpc.kaust.edu.sa. Submitted proposals will be fast-tracked for processing.

Please contact help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa with any inquiries.


Tip of the week: Making the best support request

The KSL team is at your service to provide world class support on various requests that come via our ticketing system, accessible through help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa

In order to get the most timely and appropriate support, users are encouraged to include as much information as possible relative to the support request being made.

Typical information that we would prefer to have in most tickets include but is not limited to the following:

  • The User and Project ID especially for requests related to Core Hours allocations, Storage and Access
  • The name of the system from which you are writing your command/execution using the hostname command: e.g. cdl3, compute node,...
  • The path from which you are working: whether it is from /home /scratch or /project , complete path will be more desirable
  • For requests on a specific job(s), please provide the SLURM job IDs
  • Any other relevant information that could help us better understand your request including scripts or other files,...

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