The BA High-Performance Computing (HPC) upgraded “C2” cluster and the VI-SEEM project

screen-shot-2018-05-10-at-16-44-34Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), VI-SEEM project partner, contributes with its High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster and storage resources.

Initially, BA committed 20% of its earlier “C1” HPC cluster, which is approximately 1.8 million CPU core hours.

By the end of 2016, after the launch of the VI-SEEM project, the BA commissioned into service its upgraded “C2” HPC cluster. The new “C2” cluster has approximately 10 times of CPU computational capacity more than its predecessor, in addition to keeping up with the latest processor technology. 

During the sixth quarter of the VI-SEEM project  BA announced that VI-SEEM applications will be allocated on the new “C2” cluster, and that the amount of resources dedicated to VI-SEEM will be increased. This adjustment takes CPU resources dedicated to VI-SEEM, from the previous 1.8 million core hours/year to be  3.4 million core hours/year  (given the improved hardware, this is equivalent to going approximately from 2.63 TFLOPS to 17.63 TFLOPS of performance for one year).  The adjustment also brings about 28,000 GPU hours (approximately equivalent to 2.99 TFLOPS of performance for one year).

Under the first VI-SEEM Call for Proposals, 1.5 million CPU hours were allocated on the BA-HPC for the benefit of the Conventional vs. Novel Computer-Assisted Drug Delivery (CNCADD) applications in the Life Sciences domain of research. Furthermore, the BA is looking forward to further allocations under subsequent calls for proposals.

Introduction about the BA-HPC on the VI-SEEM website:

  • About the BA-HPC

  • The BA-HPC “Walk Me Through”