Making e-Infrastructure Accessible to Industry

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These are my slides from the UK E-Infrastructure Academic User Community Forum meeting in Oxford on September 10th 2013. I introduce HPC Midlands and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) e-Infrastructure SIG, and discuss feedback from industry on engaging with e-Infrastructure. The talk closes with some thoughts on how we can nuture the next generation.

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  1. 1. Making e-Infrastructure Accessible to Industry Martin Hamilton HPC Midlands Centre Manager
  2. 2. Themes 1.About HPC Midlands 2.TSB e-Infrastructure SIG 1.Industry Perspective on e-Infrastructure 2.Actions Required
  3. 3. Themes 1.About HPC Midlands 2.TSB e-Infrastructure SIG 1.Industry Perspective on e-Infrastructure 2.Actions Required
  4. 4. About HPC Midlands @HPC_Midlands hpc-midlands.ac.uk – Partnership between Loughborough and Leicester – EPSRC funding for Regional Centre of Excellence – Emphasis on industrially relevant research – Direct access to world-class facilities for businesses – Support for SMEs to exploit HPC
  5. 5. About HPC Midlands
  6. 6. About HPC Midlands
  7. 7. Themes 1.About HPC Midlands 2.TSB e-Infrastructure SIG 1.Industry Perspective on e-Infrastructure 2.Actions Required
  8. 8. TSB e-Infrastructure SIG @eInfraSIG - tinyurl.com/einfsig Steering committee: - ARM, Gnodal, Intel, Nvidia, Rolls-Royce, Zenotech - KTNs, TSB - HPC Midlands, EPCC, Hartree, HPC Wales, HPC-SIG / e- Infrastructure South, JANET Next meeting Oct 31st at Loughborough
  9. 9. TSB e-Infrastructure SIG @eInfraSIG - tinyurl.com/einfsig - Bringing industrial users, vendors & researchers together - Links to E-Infrastructure Leadership Council / Programme Board, HPC- SIG, Hartree Centre, … - Sharing details of training, funding and mentoring opportunities - Supporting Catapult centre “on ramps” to HPC for SMEs & the Next Generation - Awareness of and access to E-Infrastructure beyond HPC
  10. 10. Themes 1.About HPC Midlands 2.TSB e-Infrastructure SIG 1.Industry Perspective on e-Infrastructure 2.Actions Required
  11. 11. Industry Perspective
  12. 12. Industry Perspective - Coherence - Vagaries of schedulers, Linux variants etc - Licensing models (improving?) - Contractual frameworks - Information Assurance - Connectivity
  13. 13. Industry Perspective – Impedance Mismatches What people understand - Off the shelf packages, NASTRAN, FLUENT etc - Want to expedite jobs - Want to run multiple jobs at the same time - Often had prior exposure to Linux
  14. 14. Industry Perspective – Impedance Mismatches vs. Jargon Overload - HPC - Supercomputing - MPI - E-Infrastructure - Batch scheduler - SME? Where is the catalogue?! What people understand - Off the shelf packages, NASTRAN, FLUENT etc - Want to expedite jobs - Want to run multiple jobs at the same time - Often had prior exposure to Linux
  15. 15. Industry Perspective - Training
  16. 16. Industry Perspective - Training - Typically supply led - Inflexible timing - Prohibitively expensive for SMEs - Ad-hoc engagement with ISVs - Where is the MOOC?
  17. 17. E-Infrastructure >= HPC - Bioinformatics - Diamond Light Source, SKA etc - Major capital kit at Institutions - But not just kit - Open Access Pubs - Open Data - Software
  18. 18. Themes 1.About HPC Midlands 2.TSB e-Infrastructure SIG 1.Industry Perspective on e-Infrastructure 2.Actions Required
  19. 19. Actions Required – Website!
  20. 20. Actions Required – Marketing!
  21. 21. Actions Required - Awareness equipment.data.ac.uk Kit Catalogue™ – kit- catalogue.com Key question: What are the boundaries of e-Infrastructure?
  22. 22. Actions Required - Awareness
  23. 23. Actions Required - Awareness
  24. 24. Actions Required - Awareness
  25. 25. Actions Required - Coherence - Common standards + “National Grid” to plug into - Collective license negotiations - Common contractual frameworks cf. JANET - CESG InfoSec advice - Connectivity
  26. 26. Actions Required – MOOC(s)
  27. 27. Actions Required – CPD -> MSc
  28. 28. Actions Required – Software
  29. 29. WearablesActions Required – Generation Pi Photo credits: Technocamps, DesignSpark
  30. 30. WearablesActions Required – hpc4schools?
  31. 31. Martin Hamilton martin@hpc-midlands.ac.uk
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