KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory Newsletter 9th July 2020

In this newsletter:

  • RCAC meeting
  • KAUST supercomputer Shaheen II joins the fight against COVID-19
  • Tip of the Week: Transferring large files with GLOBUS
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Previous Announcements
  • Previous Tips


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: Transfering large files with GLOBUS

The supported methods for file transfer on Shaheen are SCP, SFTP, and Globus. 

SCP and SFTP are available for local area transfers of small files; they are not recommended for use with large data transfers due to poor performance and excess resource utilization on the login nodes. A reminder that you need to initiate the transfer from your machine as the KAUST firewall will not permit outbound port 22 connections.

Globus can be used for large files, even Terabytes of data. It's easy to set up a Globus endpoint on a user's machine and upload or download files between Shaheen and any other endpoint, like your laptop or another HPC systems. Globus makes it possible to easily transfer files to and from any machine – even if behind a firewall or NAT without any administrative privileges – using Globus Connect Personal.  

Please follow instruction to download and install it: https://www.globus.org/globus-connect-personal 

Once setup and installation on your machine is completed, login to your Globus account

  • If you are not located in KAUST campus, search for 'Shaheen dm1' to get our data mover server 'dm1.hpc.kaust.edu.sa'.
  • If you are connected on KAUST network, search for 'Shaheen dm2' to get our data mover server 'dm2.hpc.kaust.edu.sa'.  

Once you are connected to the GLOBUS GUI browser, follow the steps shared in this tutorial (Starting from page 36)

If you have any issues, email us at help@hpc.kaust.edu.sa.


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