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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.”

Time-Lapse Video: Building the Pitzer Cluster at the Ohio Supercomputing Center

In this video, Dell EMC specialists and CoolIT technicians build the Ohio Supercomputing Center’s newest, most efficient supercomputer system, the Pitzer Cluster. Named for Russell M. Pitzer, a co-founder of the center and emeritus professor of chemistry at The Ohio State University, the Pitzer Cluster is expected to be at full production status and available to clients in November. The new system will power a wide range of research from understanding the human genome to mapping the global spread of viruses.

OSC to Deploy Pitzer Cluster built by Dell EMC

Today the Ohio Supercomputer Center announced plans to deploy the center’s newest, most efficient supercomputer system, the liquid-cooled, Dell EMC-built Pitzer Cluster. “Ohio continues to make significant investments in the Ohio Supercomputer Center to benefit higher education institutions and industry throughout the state by making additional high performance computing (HPC) services available,” said John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. “This newest supercomputer system gives researchers yet another powerful tool to accelerate innovation.”

Call for Participation: OSC Statewide User Group Conference in October

The Ohio Supercomputer Center Statewide Users Group (SUG) has issued its Call for Participation. Featuring a talk on OSC’s pending Pitzer cluster, the event takes place Oct. 4 in Columbus, Ohio. The purposes of the SUG conference are to foster connections, update OSC’s user base on OSC’s direction, highlight new scientific developments produced using OSC resources, and obtain constructive feedback as to the future of OSC and our role in supporting science across Ohio. “We will have a flash talk and poster session to highlight the research and emerging ideas from OSC clients. Talks and posters will be selected from abstracts submitted via the registration form. We encourage posters by students just starting their work, to show creative ideas on how high-performance computing will enhance their research.”

Ohio Supercomputing Center Hosts User Group Meeting

At the Ohio Supercomputer Center Statewide Users Group spring conference this week, OSC clients in fields spanning everything from astrophysics to linguistics gathered to share research highlights and hear updates about the center’s direction and role in supporting science across Ohio. “SUG is a great vehicle for us to not only communicate to our clients about what is going on from a policy perspective or hardware roadmaps and new services, but for us to hear back from the clients about what they are doing,” said Brian Guilfoos, HPC client services manager at OSC.“Our normal interaction with someone is very technical – ‘This is the thing I’m trying to do, what I’m having a problem with, etc.’ Here we get to take a broader view and look at the science, and it’s good for our staff to be reminded what is being done with our services and what we are enabling.”

Video: Scientel Runs Record Breaking Calculation on Owens Cluster at OSC

In this video, Norman Kutemperor from Scientel describes how his company ran a record-setting big data problem on the Owens supcomputer at OSC.

“The Ohio Supercomputer Center recently displayed the power of its new Owens Cluster by running the single-largest scale calculation in the Center’s history. Scientel IT Corp used 16,800 cores of the Owens Cluster on May 24 to test database software optimized to run on supercomputer systems. The seamless run created 1.25 Terabytes of synthetic data.”

Video: How MVAPICH & MPI Power Scientific Research

Adam Moody from LLNL presented this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “High-performance computing is being applied to solve the world’s most daunting problems, including researching climate change, studying fusion physics, and curing cancer. MPI is a key component in this work, and as such, the MVAPICH team plays a critical role in these efforts. In this talk, I will discuss recent science that MVAPICH has enabled and describe future research that is planned. I will detail how the MVAPICH team has responded to address past problems and list the requirements that future work will demand.”

Ohio Supercomputer Center open-sources HPC Access Portal

Open OnDemand is an NSF-funded project to develop a widely shareable web portal that provides HPC centers with advanced web and graphical interface capabilities. Through OnDemand, HPC clients can upload and download files, create, edit, submit and monitor jobs, run GUI applications and connect via SSH, all via a web browser, with no client software to install and configure.

OSC Supercomputers Power STEM Learning Across the Globe

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is help teachers like Sultana Nahar, Ph.D. conduct computational workshops as part of her lecture courses. Through physics and STEM courses and workshops, Nahar has been improving the computational skills of the scientific community one person at a time with the hope that more breakthroughs will be made. “One of the most important parts of STEM education and research is computation of parameters for solving real problems,” Nahar said. “It’s not easy to calculate and we need very high accuracy in our results, that can only be achieved through precise computations with high performance computer facilities.”

OSC Hosts fifth MVAPICH Users Group

A broad array of system administrators, developers, researchers and students who share an interest in the MVAPICH open-source library for high performance computing will gather this week for the fifth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group (MUG). “Dr. Panda’s library is a cornerstone for HPC machines around the world, including OSC’s systems and many of the Top 500,” said Dave Hudak, Ph.D., interim executive director of OSC. “We’ve gained a lot of insight and expertise from partnering with DK and his research group throughout the years.”