KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Newsletter 3rd January 2017

Happy New Year

The KSL team would like to wish all of our users a Happy New Year.

In this newsletter:

  • Maintenance Session Tuesday 31st January 2017
  • HPC Saudi Arabia 2017: 13th - 15th March 2017
  • Shaheen II Burst Buffer Early Users Access
  • Follow us on Twitter
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Maintenance Session Tuesday 31st January 2017

The next scheduled maintenance on Shaheen will be Tuesday 31st January from 08:00 until 12:00 on Wednesday 1st February. There will no access to the system during this period.

HPC Saudi Arabia 2017: 13th - 15th March 2017

KAUST is proud to be hosting High Performance Computing Saudi Arabia (HPC Saudi), this is the premier regional event in the field, where participants can meet each other, share ideas and experiences, and discuss cooperation and collaboration. This is the seventh HPC Saudi event and this year it will focus on coordinated efforts for the advancement of the HPC ecosystem in the Kingdom. Please see www.hpcsaudi.org for more information and registration.

Shaheen II Burst Buffer Early Users Access

KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory (KSL) has included Burst Buffer capability in the design of Shaheen II using Cray DataWarp technology to further enhance the performance of I/O intensive applications. Our configuration consists of 536 SSDs across 268 DataWarp nodes providing a total available storage space of 1.52 PB at an aggregate speed of 1.5 TB/s for some benchmarks.

We invite users of Shaheen II to submit a proposal to help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa with information about their I/O intensive workload and any special interest in evaluating the Burst Buffer on Shaheen II. Such proposals should include information about the size of the data you generate, the number of files you are reading/writing, the current performance experienced on the Lustre filesystem, and any other related information.

KSL will select the most relevant applications and provide initial training to a small group of users at this first stage. The porting of the scripts and the experiments will take place with the support and guidance of KSL scientists. This early evaluation phase is not for production runs. It is intended for identifying applications that may benefit from the Burst Buffer technology in the future. Further training sessions and hands-on workshops will be scheduled for all I/O intensive applications in 2017.

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