SNIC Emerging Technologies

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Name SNIC Emerging Technologies
Description Coordinating new and emerging technologies within SNIC.
Project financing   SNIC
Is active yes
Start date 2014-05-01
End date




Currently, many SNIC centres are continuously investigate the market for current developments in emerging technologies and even buy hardware for evaluation. However, in many of these activities user involvement is limited and efforts are often duplicated between centres. This activity aims to coordinate these efforts and competence within SNIC and provide SNIC users and communities with early access to new technologies. The project will also work closely with the user communities to see if they have interests in upcoming technologies.

Three focus areas have been and are described in the following sections:

Storage Technologies (C3SE, HPC2N)

There are many storage technologies employed within SNIC. To be able to deploy solutions that are suitable for different usage scenarios, it is important that there is a continuous evaluation of availa-ble storage technologies. It is also important that prototype solutions are evaluated closely to users and facilities. Typical projects within this focus area could be:

Objectives and deliverables

Ongoing activities

Users and groupquota through Littlejohn. Tested in operation. Scans file system and then uses changelogs to update database. Have since discovered a bug in the Lustre for changeloghantering. To be integrated for better project reporting

Robin Hood and the TSM integration. Based on the changelog is active. Limited progress. Is an activity on the Lustre list.

Access-methods and remote visualisation (Lunarc, UPPMAX)

To improve the usability of our HPC resources, many centres have been providing remote desktop solutions to users in an effort to provide a richer user experience in HPC. The service has been a great success in the research groups and the number of users is increasing. Requests for new applications and usage are increasing steadily. However, the increasing user base and request for new applications and usages has raised questions on how to efficiently scale these services in many dimensions.

Identifying bottlenecks in remote desktop architectures.

Objectives and deliverables

Remote desktop service aspects:

Ongoing activities

Lunarc have been improving and testing configuration on the existing Lunarc HPC Desktop. Knowledge from this have been the basis for the design of the upcoming prototype hardware. Prototype hardware for evaluating future desktop environments have been procured from SouthPole. The hardware consists of:

Prototype system will be available mid february.

Future HPC and Accelerators (PDC, Lunarc, HPC2N)

For future investment of computing resources in SNIC in the coming years (three large and several smaller systems), it is important that there is current specialist knowledge about different types of existing and future CPU architectures. To obtain a good basis for future decision in HPC resources, it is important that the work done at the centres, the SNIC GPU project and activities within PRACE are continued and developed further.

Objectives and deliverables

Ongoing activities

Lunarc have procured a NVIDIA K80 system which will be installed in Erik. (Availability mid-feb 2015)

HPC2N is installing Xeon Phi:s in the existing resources (Availability XX-XX-XX)


Centre Role Field
Jonas Lindemann (LUNARC) LUNARC Application expert Grid computing
Desktop Environments
Mathias Lindberg (C3SE) C3SE Systems expert
Thomas Svedberg (C3SE) C3SE Application expert Solid Mechanics
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