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Frictionless Supercomputing - MEW25

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The slides for my talk on "HPC as a service" at the 25th anniversary Machine Evaluation Workshop in December 2014. I cover Jisc's HPC brokerage and related initiatives including our shared data centre, industry connectivity to Janet, our VAT cost sharing group, and our pilot of the Kit-Catalogue equipment sharing database.

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Frictionless Supercomputing - MEW25

  1. 1. Frictionless Supercomputing MEW25 / HPC in Industry, December 2014 Martin Hamilton martin.hamilton@jisc.ac.uk Futurist @martin_hamilton Photo credit: Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Department of Energy
  2. 2. Frictionless Supercomputing MEW25 / HPC in Industry, December 2014 1. About Jisc 2. Efficiency agenda 3. HPC brokerage 4. Where next? Martin Hamilton martin.hamilton@jisc.ac.uk Futurist @martin_hamilton Image credit: Courtesy of EPSRC
  3. 3. Frictionless Supercomputing MEW25 / HPC in Industry, December 2014 1. About Jisc 2. Efficiency agenda 3. HPC brokerage 4. Where next? Martin Hamilton martin.hamilton@jisc.ac.uk Futurist @martin_hamilton Image credit: Courtesy of EPSRC
  4. 4. :: About Jisc :: What we do » Registered charity championing the use of digital technologies in research and education » Range of shared services for UK Universities and Colleges, e.g. - Janet, world leading research network - eduroam global wireless roaming - Groundbreaking content deals with publishers - Cloud brokerage with Amazon, Google, Microsoft » Aiming to complement RCUK and Innovate UK / Catapults - Open Educational Resources, Open Access and Open Data - Just launched asset sharing initiative
  5. 5. :: About Jisc :: What we do » Registered charity championing the use of digital technologies in research and education » Range of shared services for UK Universities and Colleges, e.g. - Janet, world leading research network - eduroam global wireless roaming - Groundbreaking content deals with publishers - Cloud brokerage with Amazon, Google, Microsoft » Aiming to complement RCUK and Innovate UK / Catapults - Open Educational Resources, Open Access and Open Data - Just launched asset sharing initiative
  6. 6. :: About Jisc :: What we do » Registered charity championing the use of digital technologies in research and education » Range of shared services for UK Universities and Colleges, e.g. - Janet, world leading research network - eduroam global wireless roaming - Groundbreaking content deals with publishers - Cloud brokerage with Amazon, Google, Microsoft » Aiming to complement RCUK and Innovate UK / Catapults - Open Educational Resources, Open Access and Open Data - Just launched asset sharing initiative
  7. 7. :: About Jisc :: The Janet network
  8. 8. Frictionless Supercomputing MEW25 / HPC in Industry, December 2014 1. About Jisc 2. Efficiency agenda 3. HPC brokerage 4. Where next? Martin Hamilton martin.hamilton@jisc.ac.uk Futurist @martin_hamilton Image credit: Courtesy of EPSRC
  9. 9. :: Efficiency Agenda :: Shared Data Centre Anchor tenants: - Francis Crick Institute - King’s College - LSE - QMUL - Sanger Institute - UCL More at: www.ja.net/cloud
  10. 10. :: Efficiency Agenda :: Cloud Brokerage National deals for e.g. - Arkivum - Box - Dropbox - Google Apps - Office 365 More at: www.ja.net/cloud
  11. 11. :: Efficiency Agenda :: ESISS Infosec advice: - Pen testing - Reporting for audit compliance - Security consultancy - Led by Tiger Team accredited Senior Security Tester More at: goo.gl/6Jz5I7
  12. 12. :: Efficiency Agenda :: Cost Sharing Group Largest VAT cost sharing group in UK: 93% of HEIs 256 institutions participating
  13. 13. Frictionless Supercomputing MEW25 / HPC in Industry, December 2014 1. About Jisc 2. Efficiency agenda 3. HPC brokerage 4. Where next? Martin Hamilton martin.hamilton@jisc.ac.uk Futurist @martin_hamilton Image credit: Courtesy of EPSRC
  14. 14. :: HPC Brokerage :: Service Providers Image credit: CC BY-NC-ND HPC Midlands » £60m public investment in HPC See www.jisc.ac.uk/research/projects/equipment-sharing
  15. 15. :: HPC Brokerage :: The Rationale » Reduce friction of sharing between institutions & with industry – “Pay as you go” model, no upfront capital costs – Makes HPC accessible to those who could not previously contemplate it » How does it work? – Standardized terms and conditions including information assurance, intellectual property, termination etc – Trialling this approach initially with HPC brokerage
  16. 16. :: HPC Brokerage :: The Jisc Agreement
  17. 17. :: HPC Brokerage :: Equipment sharing » Kit-Catalogue equipment sharing database “as a service” » Kit-Catalogue feeds into EPSRC’s › 10,000 items of equipment available for sharing See www.jisc.ac.uk/research/projects/equipment-sharing
  18. 18. Frictionless Supercomputing MEW25 / HPC in Industry, December 2014 1. About Jisc 2. Efficiency agenda 3. HPC brokerage 4. Where next? Martin Hamilton martin.hamilton@jisc.ac.uk Futurist @martin_hamilton Image credit: Courtesy of EPSRC
  19. 19. :: Where next? :: Sweating the assets » Leveraging public investment in the Janet network – Connecting industry: www.ja.net/janet-reach – Where next - e.g. 10Gbit/s links to Science Parks? – Testbeds for new technologies, e.g. UHD streaming from Tokyo Olympics, Surrey 5G testbed, Catapult centres » Where else can we add value? – Exploit cost sharing group (256 institutions, 93% of HEIs) – Support for research clusters that want to share services – Anticipating “Austerity 2.0” efficiency savings
  20. 20. Frictionless Supercomputing MEW25 / HPC in Industry, December 2014 Martin Hamilton martin.hamilton@jisc.ac.uk Futurist @martin_hamilton Photo credit: Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Department of Energy

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