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Primeur weekly 2016-03-29

Crowd computing

Tuberculosis to be tackled using crowd computing power ...

Quantum computing

Unlocking the gates to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC to announce the 2016 Hans Meuer Award winning research paper ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC nominations in now open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Dan Kuczkowski as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to present 8th HPC Budget Allocation Map: Budget Expectations ...

SC16 Student Cluster Competition still open till April 15, 2016 ...

Mellanox announces first 200Gb/s silicon photonics devices, doubling the performance in the QSFP form factor ...

Mellanox and InnoLight announce the availability and interoperability of 100Gb/s PSM4 transceivers at 1310 and 1550nm wavelengths ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer ...

Applications

KAUST IT Research Computing implements HPC Add-ons for research applications in order to automate the access to HPC resources ...

Could material defects actually improve solar cells? ...

NERSC announces 4th annual HPC Achievement Award winners ...

Research powers ahead with new supercomputer at University of Adelaide ...

Predicting severe hail storms ...

Honda selects IBM Watson IoT technology enabling real-time racing decisions for Formula One power unit operation ...

New computational method reveals significant degeneration of knee cartilage in overweight people ...

Breakthrough technology to improve cyber security ...

Researchers to develop new computing technology to minimize risks of data breaches ...

Record-speed data transmission could make Big Data more accessible ...

Robust network of connections between neurons performing similar tasks shows fundamentals of how brain circuits are wired ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Europe to fuel Cloud development ...

GEANT and Amazon Web Services - breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption ...

Oracle unveils suite of breakthrough services to help simplify Cloud adoption by global corporations ...

KAUST IT Research Computing implements HPC Add-ons for research applications in order to automate the access to HPC resources


24 Mar 2016 Thuwal - The diversity of the computing ecosystem at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is rapidly increasing. Researchers have access to the ninth fastest supercomputer in the world - Shaheen Cray X40 - and several other HPC clusters, among them are the Noor clusters. Most researchers also work on local Windows, Mac, or Linux workstations. The research applications run on all these systems, from low-end workstations to HPC systems - clusters and supercomputer.

Researchers need to perform a multitude of tasks in order to get their computational work done on HPC systems and get the results back on their workstations. They need to log in to the supercomputer or cluster, transfer input data, submit a batch job, wait for it to finish, then transfer results back to the workstation. If they divide their computational work over different clusters or supercomputer, they need to do this sequence of tasks for each system separately and combine the results from each system on their workstation - an inefficient use of researchers' time.

KAUST IT Research Computing automated these tasks by implementing an interface between a research application running on a local workstation and the remote HPC systems. This interface automatically executes the submission of the application to HPC systems and the retrieval of the results. These interfaces are called KAUST HPC add-ons, as they add an HPC capabiity to the research application running on the workstations. These HPC add-ons have been implemented for the following research applications: MATLAB, VASP/MedeA, ADF, ParaView and Materials Studio (Biovia). The method of implementation of the HPC add-ons is tailored for each application.

The new system gives researchers reduced time-to-solution due to automation of the workflow, easier access to the HPC systems - Noor clusters and Shaheen supercomputer - and less time spent mastering unfamiliar Linux commands. "Usage of the clusters was made much easier with the MATLAB HPC Add-on", stated post-doc Maged Serag of the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division of KAUST. "I managed to reduce my turnaround time from 24 hours to 15 minutes."
Matthijs van Waveren

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-03-29

Crowd computing

Tuberculosis to be tackled using crowd computing power ...

Quantum computing

Unlocking the gates to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC to announce the 2016 Hans Meuer Award winning research paper ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC nominations in now open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Dan Kuczkowski as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to present 8th HPC Budget Allocation Map: Budget Expectations ...

SC16 Student Cluster Competition still open till April 15, 2016 ...

Mellanox announces first 200Gb/s silicon photonics devices, doubling the performance in the QSFP form factor ...

Mellanox and InnoLight announce the availability and interoperability of 100Gb/s PSM4 transceivers at 1310 and 1550nm wavelengths ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer ...

Applications

KAUST IT Research Computing implements HPC Add-ons for research applications in order to automate the access to HPC resources ...

Could material defects actually improve solar cells? ...

NERSC announces 4th annual HPC Achievement Award winners ...

Research powers ahead with new supercomputer at University of Adelaide ...

Predicting severe hail storms ...

Honda selects IBM Watson IoT technology enabling real-time racing decisions for Formula One power unit operation ...

New computational method reveals significant degeneration of knee cartilage in overweight people ...

Breakthrough technology to improve cyber security ...

Researchers to develop new computing technology to minimize risks of data breaches ...

Record-speed data transmission could make Big Data more accessible ...

Robust network of connections between neurons performing similar tasks shows fundamentals of how brain circuits are wired ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Europe to fuel Cloud development ...

GEANT and Amazon Web Services - breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption ...

Oracle unveils suite of breakthrough services to help simplify Cloud adoption by global corporations ...