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Altair PBS Works to Optimize Gadi Supercomputer at NCI

NCI’s Raijin supercomputer, which will be replaced by Gadi this Fall

Supercomputing in Australia is slated to get a major boost this November with the deployment of the Fujitsu-made “Gadi” supercomputer, estimated to be 10 times faster than its predecessor.

NCI will use Altair’s PBS Works software suite — including Altair Control, Altair Access, Altair Monitor, and Altair PBS Professional — to optimize job scheduling, manage workloads, and perform detailed analysis on the new Gadi system.

ANU Professor and Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt is excited about the new 3,200-node system, which will power some of Australia’s most vital research in areas including weather and geoscience. “The upgrade of this critical infrastructure will see Australia continue to play a leading role in addressing some of our greatest global challenges,” he said. “This new machine will keep Australian research and the 5,000 researchers who use it, at the cutting edge. It will help us get smarter with our big data. It will add even more brawn to the considerable brains already tapping into NCI.”

Altair and NCI have a strong history of collaboration, including recent work on the allocation management module in Altair Control, which will be deployed on Gadi when it goes live in November. NCI, Altair, and Fujitsu are also working together on power management and related technologies.

PBS Works is the preferred solution for many of the world’s largest, most complex clusters and supercomputers, and it’s the choice of many smaller organizations needing HPC solutions that are easy to adopt and use. PBS Works allows HPC users to simplify infrastructure management while optimizing system utilization, improving application performance, and maximizing return on investment (ROI) on hardware and software investments.

Altair solutions are relied on by organizations around the globe, and we’re proud to help enable world-impacting research at NCI Australia.

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