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Primeur weekly 2019-01-28

Focus

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputer Centre on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first ...

Quantum computing

Purdue dives deeper into potentially game-changing field of quantum science and engineering ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP6 support project held its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg ...

Powerful supercomputing to propel France's high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and development ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for HPC compute resources from DECI-15 (Tier-1) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2019 has opened applications ...

New 2 Petaflop/s supercomputer at the University of Antwerp  ...

Dutch Government plans additional 100 million euro investment in science including 30 million for SKA Square Kilometre Array ...

Middleware

CMU's DeltaFS team aims to create smarter ways to organize and store supercomputer data ...

ScaleMP announces record results ...

Hardware

DDN's turnaround of Tintri wins Information Technology Deal of the Year Award ...

CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute select 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate multi-phase supercomputer programme ...

2CRSI and "SNB Middle East" announce a distribution agreement ...

Aldec facilitates design prototyping in FPGA and prototype testing with new HES Proto-AXI ...

Applications

January kicks off a busy year of research as scientists gain access to the world's fastest supercomputer ...

National Center for Computational Sciences introduces HPC Core Operations Group ...

Network enhancement strengthens ties between OLCF and ESnet ...

Materials design centre receives $25 million grant ...

Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed ...

Transparent electronics research gains momentum ...

New insights into magnetic quantum effects in solids ...

Pilot line project lnPulse launches to give Europe edge in integrated photonics ...

National Center for Computational Sciences introduces HPC Core Operations Group


The NCCS created the HPC Core Ops Group this past fall. Pictured (left to right) are Scott Koch, Daniel Pelfrey, Ryan Adamson, Cory Stargel, Stefan Maerz, Kevin Bivens, Benny Sparks, Chip Newman, Matthew Gyurgyik, Jake Wynne, Noah Ginsburg, and Stefan Ceballos. Photo Credit: Carlos Jones, ORNL.
17 Jan 2019 Oak Ridge - The US National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS), which houses the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), has created the High-Performance Computing Core Operations (HPC Core Ops) Group to oversee the centre's networking, cybersecurity, and infrastructure.

The group was formed in response to workload changes following acquisition of the 200-petaflop IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer, located at the OLCF. This month, OLCF users began running allocation projects on Summit under the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, programme. The OLCF is a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"As a supercomputing centre grows, there comes a point where there are too many services and too many things going on at the same time in one group", stated Ryan Adamson, HPC cybersecurity engineer and interim HPC Core Ops group leader. "This was a strategic change that allows us to scale successfully and work more efficiently."

HPC Core Ops staff members were reassigned from the OLCF's High Performance Compute and Data Operations (HPC and Data Ops) Group, formerly known as HPC Ops. The split of HPC and Data Ops into two separate and distinct groups marks a noteworthy change in NCCS organisational structure and will afford both groups opportunities to focus on a specific subset of the centre's operations.

HPC Core Ops houses three teams: a networking team, which handles the Ethernet network for all of NCCS' systems; a cybersecurity team, which monitors and secures the supercomputing centre; and a core infrastructure team, which provides necessary external services to the centre's HPC resources. HPC and Data Ops, on the other hand, focuses on the user-facing aspects of operating the centre, which include administering the HPC and cluster resources and monitoring the storage and file systems.

"The capabilities provided by HPC Core Ops impact every NCCS customer, whereas HPC and Data Ops capabilities are specifically tailored to various customer needs", Ryan Adamson stated.

The new structure will allow Kevin Thach, the HPC and Data Ops group leader, to focus his group's attention on the OLCF's supercomputing and storage resources and on individual projects such as the Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (CORAL) - a joint HPC procurement activity among these three national laboratories.

Both groups will continue to work with the OLCF's User Assistance and Outreach Group to solve user issues and work on user tickets. They will also continue to share many of the same procedures such as change management, code review, and disaster recovery.

"We must continue to work closely with HPC and Data Ops", Ryan Adamson stated. "We will not be successful in this evolving supercomputing environment unless we do."
Source: Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility - OLCF

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-01-28

Focus

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputer Centre on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first ...

Quantum computing

Purdue dives deeper into potentially game-changing field of quantum science and engineering ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP6 support project held its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg ...

Powerful supercomputing to propel France's high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) research and development ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for HPC compute resources from DECI-15 (Tier-1) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2019 has opened applications ...

New 2 Petaflop/s supercomputer at the University of Antwerp  ...

Dutch Government plans additional 100 million euro investment in science including 30 million for SKA Square Kilometre Array ...

Middleware

CMU's DeltaFS team aims to create smarter ways to organize and store supercomputer data ...

ScaleMP announces record results ...

Hardware

DDN's turnaround of Tintri wins Information Technology Deal of the Year Award ...

CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute select 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to accelerate multi-phase supercomputer programme ...

2CRSI and "SNB Middle East" announce a distribution agreement ...

Aldec facilitates design prototyping in FPGA and prototype testing with new HES Proto-AXI ...

Applications

January kicks off a busy year of research as scientists gain access to the world's fastest supercomputer ...

National Center for Computational Sciences introduces HPC Core Operations Group ...

Network enhancement strengthens ties between OLCF and ESnet ...

Materials design centre receives $25 million grant ...

Birth of massive black holes in the early universe revealed ...

Transparent electronics research gains momentum ...

New insights into magnetic quantum effects in solids ...

Pilot line project lnPulse launches to give Europe edge in integrated photonics ...