Scientific computation has become increasingly important in modern research, and the demand for computing resources is ever growing as problems to be solved become more and more complex. In an earlier newsletter article (issue no. 165), we introduced our High Throughput Computing (HTC) service, which is a new Windows-based platform for supporting scientific research.
We are now making the HTC service available to academic staff and research students of the University. This HTC service makes use of the communal Windows PCs in the Chi Wah Learning Common and the PC facilities in central classrooms. In total, there are around 200 PC nodes in this platform, each equipped with up to 4 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM. HTCondor, which is a job management system developed at the University of Wisconsin, is used to distribute research computing workload on these 200 PCs during the time when the Chi Wah Learning Commons and the central classrooms are closed. This new HTC platform supplements our Linux-based High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities to provide researchers with a Windows-based research computing environment.
The new platform service has been in pilot operation since December 2013; and we are now working to launch it for full production in March 2014. An introductory session on this new platform has been organized with details as follows -
Date: 13 March 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 2-3 pm
Venue: CPD 4.17, Centennial Campus
Academic staff and research postgraduates are encouraged to attend this training. To join the session, please register through the Event Management System.
For questions on our HTC and HPC facilities, please feel free to contact the undersigned.
Mok Ngai Shing (Dr.)
Tel: 3917 5185