HPC Forum
a space for technical collaboration amongst HPC administrators

Peter van Heusden
pvh@sanbi.ac.za
South African ...
How to become a HPC admin

Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za

HPC Forum
A simple idea

Find all the HPC admins
Gather once a quarter
Present on technology (hardware/software) we’ve been working
...
One, two, many HPCs

Before 1990, HPC meant hugely expensive computers built on
national or regional scale
Institute-level...
The world we work in

Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za

HPC Forum
One, two, many HPCs (cont)

Now: HPC everywhere, but skills hard to find
The few courses that exist focus on HPC programmin...
How to become a (better) HPC admin

Most HPC admin knowledge is passed on peer-to-peer
Admins rely on the “social media” o...
The HPC Forum plan

First face to face seminar day: mid-February 2013
Minimal wiki: http://hpcforum.sanbi.ac.za
Will soon ...
HPC research and teaching

HPC admin has historically been seen as an operations issue
Academic interest has been limited ...
Related initiatives

Africa-Arabia Regional Operations Centre
SADC HPC Forum : human capital development in HPC

Peter van...
Over to you.
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HPC Forum: a space for technical collaboration amongst HPC administrators

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HPC Forum: a space for technical collaboration amongst HPC administrators

  1. 1. HPC Forum a space for technical collaboration amongst HPC administrators Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za South African National Bioinformatics Institute University of the Western Cape Bellville, South Africa CHPC National Meeting / 5 December 2013 Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  2. 2. How to become a HPC admin Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  3. 3. A simple idea Find all the HPC admins Gather once a quarter Present on technology (hardware/software) we’ve been working with Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  4. 4. One, two, many HPCs Before 1990, HPC meant hugely expensive computers built on national or regional scale Institute-level computing in 1990s was dominated by individual SMP machines Mid-to-late 90s saw birth of the commodity cluster (Beowulf) Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  5. 5. The world we work in Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  6. 6. One, two, many HPCs (cont) Now: HPC everywhere, but skills hard to find The few courses that exist focus on HPC programming (parallel applications, MPI, etc) HPC exists alongside “cyberinfrastructure” and “cloud”: different environments but all based on complex and often poorly documented software “with limited resources and expertise, even simple data discovery, collection, analysis, management, and sharing tasks are difficult for small teams” (Ian Foster, Computation Institute) Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  7. 7. How to become a (better) HPC admin Most HPC admin knowledge is passed on peer-to-peer Admins rely on the “social media” of HPC: Mailing lists, technical blogs, IRC Networking happens sporadically - HPC admins don’t get out much Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  8. 8. The HPC Forum plan First face to face seminar day: mid-February 2013 Minimal wiki: http://hpcforum.sanbi.ac.za Will soon move to http://hpcforum.org.za Grow (mailing list) membership Keep producing (and linking to) tech blogs Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  9. 9. HPC research and teaching HPC admin has historically been seen as an operations issue Academic interest has been limited and curricula non-existent HPC Forum could: Collect and curate teaching materials on HPC admin Provide space for learning and experimentation in HPC Increase the profile of HPC as an area of research and learning Create a collective experimental community for HPC technology Contribute “infrastructure code” to a shared repository (e.g. SAGridOps on Github) Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  10. 10. Related initiatives Africa-Arabia Regional Operations Centre SADC HPC Forum : human capital development in HPC Peter van Heusden pvh@sanbi.ac.za HPC Forum
  11. 11. Over to you.

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