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1 ARCHER: The next generation of UK National High Performance Computing Facility Dr Lorna Smith, EPCC. ARCHER CSE Deputy Director Thanks to Alan Simpson and Andy Turner for particular slides

2 ARCHER UK National Supercomputing Service Replacement for HECToR LINPACK = Pflop/s EPSRC is the managing partner on behalf of RCUK NERC are the other partner research council Cray XC30 Hardware Nodes based on 2× Intel Ivy Bridge 12-core processors 64GB (or 128GB) memory per node 3008 nodes in total (72162 cores) Linked by Cray Aries interconnect (dragonfly topology)

3 Advanced Computer Facility Purpose built, secure, world-class facility Houses wide variety of leading-edge systems and infrastructures National services ARCHER HECToR IBM BlueGene/Q Local services ECDF (provide hosting) INDY – industry machine EDIM1 – DIR machine Major expansion for ARCHER 6MW, 850m 2 plant room, 550m 2 machine 3

4 ARCHER Components Service Provision (EPCC, DL) Overall Management Helpdesk Project Administration System Setup/Maintenance Documentation Service Provision (EPCC, DL) Overall Management Helpdesk Project Administration System Setup/Maintenance Documentation Computational Science and Engineering (EPCC) In-Depth Support Training eCSE Best Practice Computational Science and Engineering (EPCC) In-Depth Support Training eCSE Best Practice Hardware (Cray Inc.) Hardware support Provide software updates Centre of Excellence Hardware (Cray Inc.) Hardware support Provide software updates Centre of Excellence Accommodation (UoE, EPCC) Building Power Cooling Networking Security Accommodation (UoE, EPCC) Building Power Cooling Networking Security

5 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Support EPCC aim to provide an innovative and user-focused service 20 years of experience in UK and Europe Two major elements for ARCHER CSE: Centralised Team: in-depth queries, documentation, courses, … Embedded CSE: funding calls, applications enabling projects, … Leverage with European projects HPC (PRACE, CRESTA,…) and Big Data (EUDAT, RDA, …) ARCHER embedded in UK and European ecosystem Facilitating movement between tiers

6 High Quality In-Depth Support Supporting a wide variety of scientific areas Integrated service desk with a very high initial volume of CSE queries Contributing to ARCHER website to provide a valuable resource for users showcase impact of research on ARCHER Additional benefits to deliver Impact SME engagement, thematic workshops, Women in HPC, outreach, HPC MOOC,…

7 Training Across the UK Builds on EPCC’s successful MSc in HPC and our role as a PRACE Advanced Training Centre

8 Novel Engagement with Users Consortium Contacts Each EPSRC/NERC Consortium has a named contact Advocate for Consortium within service Technical Forum Share experience, knowledge and expertise Monthly web-based meetings Open to all (not just ARCHER users) Speakers from EPCC, Cray, DiRAC, Hartree,… Virtual Tutorials Monthly on-line tutorials Encourages interaction with new users May include short presentation on key topic

9 Embedded CSE Programme funding developers embedded within UK research communities to improve efficiency of application codes on ARCHER …and/or to broaden the user base Important to support early career researchers and provide career path for software engineers Regular calls for support (every 4 months) Eligibility: Projects in the EPSRC or NERC remit Duration: 3 months – 1 year Second call open just now…

10 Getting Access to ARCHER Standard research grant Request Technical Assessment using form on ARCHER website Submit completed TA with notional cost in J-eS Apply for time for maximum of 2 years ARCHER Resource Allocation Panel (RAP) Request Technical Assessment using form on ARCHER website Submit completed TA with RAP form Application for computer time only Instant Access – Pump-Priming Time Request Technical Assessment using form on ARCHER website Submit completed TA with 2 page description of work Office decision on application

11 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design

12 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable

13 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater cooled

14 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater cooledWater cooling not recommended unless in extreme circumstances

15 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater cooledWater cooling not recommended unless in extreme circumstances TrainingExtensive training courses, webinars, on-line material

16 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater cooledWater cooling not recommended unless in extreme circumstances TrainingExtensive training courses, webinars, on-line material No training, often baffling

17 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater cooledWater cooling not recommended unless in extreme circumstances TrainingExtensive training courses, webinars, on-line material No training, often baffling Fault toleranceMechanisms to cope with failures e.g. node failure

18 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater cooledWater cooling not recommended unless in extreme circumstances TrainingExtensive training courses, webinars, on-line material No training, often baffling Fault toleranceMechanisms to cope with failures e.g. node failure Catastrophic. Single point of failure

19 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater cooledWater cooling not recommended unless in extreme circumstances TrainingExtensive training courses, webinars, on-line material No training, often baffling Fault toleranceMechanisms to cope with failures e.g. node failure Catastrophic. Single point of failure Support networkStreamline professional support team

20 The mum spin - feel free to put a ‘I’m a Mum’ spin on the talk if you like ARCHER2 Boys – 5 and 6 Energy consumption Energy efficiency key to design Significant and increasing exponentially. Unsustainable CoolingWater / air cooled, efficiency key Water cooling not recommended unless in extreme circumstances TrainingExtensive training courses, webinars, on-line material No training, often baffling Fault toleranceMechanisms to cope with failures e.g. node failure Catastrophic. Single point of failure Support networkStreamline professional support team Extensive untrained volunteer support network

21 The mum spin… Although ARCHER is clearly a better behaved child than my two boys.. Work / life balance can be challenging at times Can sometimes lead to lack of sleep – sick kids/grant deadlines Very lucky to have the opportunity to do both Part time work has allowed me to enjoy time with my children While allowing me to maintain a career I enjoy University policies on part time working, family leave etc have been important Support from managers has been critical Dads do it too!


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