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Job of the Week: HPC Systems Administrator at KAUST

KAUST is seeking an HPC Systems Administrator in our Job of the Week. “The HPC senior systems administrator will work with other Advanced Computing Infrastructure team members to administer the 850 node Ibex+ supercomputer, storage systems, other support computers, networking fabrics and other related systems and services. The required competencies of the senior administrator are: high degree of systems design skill with respect to service dependencies and overall systems availability.”

Virginia Tech Team Using AI for Supercomputer Load Balancing

A team of researchers from Virginia Tech is helping supercomputers to work more efficiently in a novel way, using machine learning to properly distribute, or load balance, data processing tasks across the thousands of servers that comprise a supercomputer. By incorporating machine learning to predict not only tasks but types of tasks, researchers found that load on various servers can be kept balanced throughout the entire system.

Best Practices for Building, Deploying & Managing HPC Clusters

In today’s markets, a successful HPC cluster can be a formidable competitive advantage. And many are turning to these tools to stay competitive in the HPC market. That said, these systems are inherently very complex, and have to be built, deployed and managed properly to realize their full potential. A new report from Bright Computing explore best practices for HPC clusters. 

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Systems Engineer at Children’s Mercy Hospital

Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City is seeking a Senior HPC Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week. “A Senior HPC Systems Engineer is responsible for the daily operation and monitoring of a high performance computing infrastructure, which includes the high performance compute cluster, storage system, and backup and disaster recovery systems. The engineer plans, designs, and implements the integration of HPC systems, and provides consultation and support for other HPC projects. They are expected to be a top-level contributor/specialist for high performance computing and Linux/UNIX environments.”

Data Management: The Elephant in the Room for HPC Hybrid Cloud

While there are many benefits to leveraging the cloud for HPC, there are challenges as well. Along with security and cost, data handling is consistently identified as a top barrier. “In this short article, we discuss the challenge of managing data in hybrid clouds, offer some practical tips to makes things easier, and explain how automation can play a key role in improving efficiency.”

Job of the Week: Information Technology Manager at Louisiana State University

“The Manager of HPC Systems within Information Technology Services will be responsible for enabling both existing and emerging high performance computing solutions and related infrastructure, providing a high level of service in the deployment and maintenance of HPC supercomputer hardware and software to the research communities of LSU and its collaborators. The Manager will be responsible for managing the system administration group in monitoring daily cluster operations, troubleshooting cluster problems, researching and implementing new technologies, and providing appropriate support for LSU’s research initiatives.”

Job of the Week: Computer Engineer at NETL

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking a Computer Engineer in our Job of the Week. “NETL supports the DOE mission to advance the energy security of the United States. NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development (R&D) programs that will return benefits for generations to come.”

Agenda Posted for Dell EMC Community Event in Austin

The Dell EMC Community Meeting has published their preliminary speaker agenda. The event takes place March 25-27 in Austin, Texas. The Dell HPC Community is a worldwide technical forum that facilitates the exchange of ideas among researchers, computer scientists, executives, developers, and engineers and promotes the advancement of innovative, powerful HPC solutions. The vision of the […]

Univa steps up with Support Services for Open Source Grid Engine Users

Today Univa announced that it will now provide support services to users in their open source community to assist them with installation, configuration and troubleshooting. Supported products include Open Source Grid Engine 6.2U5 and variants of Open Grid Scheduler and Son of Grid Engine (SGE) 8.1.9. “The Open Source Grid Engine community is comprised of an active and diverse group of people committed to helping each other succeed and is integral to Univa’s success as a company,” said Gary Tyreman, president and CEO of Univa. “Grid Engine has been deployed thousands of times in business critical clusters. We want to ensure this community of active users has access to the support services they need to give them the peace-of-mind to continue using open source software without the need to upgrade critical systems.”

NSF funds second round for OSC’s Open OnDemand

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded funding to a team led by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) for further development of Open OnDemand, an open-source software platform supporting web-based access to high performance computing services. “The Open OnDemand 2.0 project will deliver an improved open-source platform for HPC, cloud and remote computing access,” said David Hudak, Ph.D., executive director of OSC. “Additionally, interaction with a growing user base has generated requests for new technical capabilities and more engagements with the science community to extend this platform and deepen its science impact.”