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Primeur weekly 2018-11-26

Focus

European Open Science Cloud catalogue for HPC: more animation than information ...

Exascale supercomputing

Bringing European parallel programming technology to the Exascale era ...

Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab share 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Portugal supports Spanish application for pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Spotting nature's own evolution of quantum tricks could transform quantum technology ...

Quantum artificial life created on the cloud ...

Quantum Machines raises $5.5 million to develop next generation of systems for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center provides services to European Open Science Cloud portal ...

European Open Science Cloud Portal is now up and running ...

Atos was chosen to deliver Finland’s next supercomputer ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing sponsors Research Paper Award at ISC19 - Call for Papers is open ...

Middleware

Astronomy and particle physics combine forces for European Open Science Cloud ...

Hardware

Meet Michael, the supercomputer designed to accelerate UK research for EV batteries ...

Atos supports Indian government in its National Supercomputing Mission ...

LINE Corporation collaborates with Mellanox and Cumulus Networks to power advanced messaging platform ...

Dell EMC gains high performance computing momentum and expands portfolio ...

DOE machines dominate record-breaking SC18 ...

Supermicro extends industry-leading portfolio of NVIDIA GPU servers with new systems at GTC China ...

NVIDIA Turing T4 Cloud GPU adoption accelerates ...

Applications

Encouraging prospects for moon hunters ...

INCITE grants awarded to 62 computational research projects ...

NCSA's Student Cluster Competition team places third at SC18 ...

Call for HPC for Energy Innovation proposals ...

NVIDIA HGX-2 GPU-accelerated platform gains broad adoption ...

European Open Science Cloud catalogue for HPC: more animation than information


26 Nov 2018 Almere - The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) catalogue was launched last week in Vienna. It is supposed to be an entry point for millions of European researchers and professionals into IT services, made available to them.Primeur Magazinehad a look to the HPC services listed in the catalogue. What did we see? A lot of animations in the portal, but looking to the content we did not find much information.

The EOSC catalogue today lists 57 items in total. For computing services, only 9 items are listed on https://eosc-portal.eu/services-resources/compute . There is a lot of animation going on for each item when you load the page, but there still remain only 9 items. Six of these seem to by some kind of Cloud service, but only one mentions HPC in the catalogue list. The EGI High-Throughput Compute is the 7th item in the list. It has an understandable description: "Execute thousands of computational tasks to analyse large datasets". The other 3 items are by "PRACE" of which one mentions "HPC".

Yes, I know: 7 + 3 = 10. But https://marketplace.eosc-portal.eu/categories/compute says there are nine, although that lists different services than the one from the main page. I am sure there is a good explanation for that, but it is not an obvious one.

So, let us look at the one single "PRACE" entry that mentions HPC. This is the description: "Project Access is the access to PRACE Tier-0 world class high performance computing (HPC) resources for projects, which use codes that have been previously tested and have demonstrated high scalability and optimisation. Preparatory Access is strongly recommended to collect technical data to support the request of resources. Proposals for Project Access must be based on computer codes and data ready to run on the Tier-0 systems."

Just assume for one moment you are one of those millions of EOSC users that do not know PRACE. If you would know PRACE, you would not be looking at the EOSC catalogue for a PRACE service, would you? But if you do not know PRACE, you probably also do not know what a Tier-0 HPC resource is. And although you may have "codes that have been previously tested and have demonstrated high scalability and optimisation", you probably do not know if they are ready to run on a Tier-0 system - even if you have figured out what "Tier-0" system means.

So the PRACE catalogue information is not very informative for an HPC user looking in the EOSC catalogue.

But perhaps I do not need an HPC system, perhaps a Cloud will do?

Well have a look at the entry "CloudFerro Infrastructure". With the explanation:

"CREODIAS platform is a cloud infrastructure adapted to the processing of big amounts of EO data, including an EO Data storage cluster and a dedicated IaaS cloud infrastructure for the platform's Users".

I assume EO is Earth Observation? Not "Evangelische Omroep"? So again, a little more information would have been helpful.

A third example is the "CSC ePouta" computing service. Actually, CSC also has a service called "cPouta". The latter is about HPC in the Cloud, ePouta is about providing a secure Cloud. So perhaps ePouta should not be classified as "Compute" in the EOSC catalogue.

Looking through HPC glasses, the EOSC catalogue, although it looks flashy, does not contain useful information.

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Primeur weekly 2018-11-26

Focus

European Open Science Cloud catalogue for HPC: more animation than information ...

Exascale supercomputing

Bringing European parallel programming technology to the Exascale era ...

Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab share 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Portugal supports Spanish application for pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Spotting nature's own evolution of quantum tricks could transform quantum technology ...

Quantum artificial life created on the cloud ...

Quantum Machines raises $5.5 million to develop next generation of systems for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center provides services to European Open Science Cloud portal ...

European Open Science Cloud Portal is now up and running ...

Atos was chosen to deliver Finland’s next supercomputer ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing sponsors Research Paper Award at ISC19 - Call for Papers is open ...

Middleware

Astronomy and particle physics combine forces for European Open Science Cloud ...

Hardware

Meet Michael, the supercomputer designed to accelerate UK research for EV batteries ...

Atos supports Indian government in its National Supercomputing Mission ...

LINE Corporation collaborates with Mellanox and Cumulus Networks to power advanced messaging platform ...

Dell EMC gains high performance computing momentum and expands portfolio ...

DOE machines dominate record-breaking SC18 ...

Supermicro extends industry-leading portfolio of NVIDIA GPU servers with new systems at GTC China ...

NVIDIA Turing T4 Cloud GPU adoption accelerates ...

Applications

Encouraging prospects for moon hunters ...

INCITE grants awarded to 62 computational research projects ...

NCSA's Student Cluster Competition team places third at SC18 ...

Call for HPC for Energy Innovation proposals ...

NVIDIA HGX-2 GPU-accelerated platform gains broad adoption ...