2018-02-13 SIG meeting at Bristol

The February 2018 meeting will be held on 13 February 2018 at the University of Bristol in the Clifton Hall House Conference Centre. Booking for the meeting is now open on the Eventbrite booking page. The agenda will follow the usual format:

  • 10.00: Coffee available
  • 10.30: Introductions
  • 10.35: Report from the Chair
  • 11.00: Committee elections
  • 11.15:  meltdown and spectre – implications, experiences and reactions
    There has been much discussion on the HPC-SIG list about the recent meltdown and spectre  security flaws, and what, if any, the implications are for security and performance on an HPC cluster. This session will be an informal discussion on how different sites have reacted to these flaws.
  • 12.00: Lunch
  • 13.00: Site Updates and short items
    • Jeremy Yates – outputs from the National AAAI pathfinder
    • Martyn Brake, David Ackerman – site update from University of Exeter
    • Paul Hatton – site update from University of Birmingham
  • 13.45: Cliff Addison, Liverpool: Introducing Barkla – a hybrid HPC solution
    In 2017, Liverpool went to tender for a £1.2M HPC system. A hybrid service with cloud or HPCaaS alongside local hardware was highly desired. The winning bid from Dell-Alces, with some seed money from AWS,  is a 100 node system based around 40 core Skylake processors and 100 gbps Omni Path using a software stack that can be replicated easily and cheaply on the cloud. Whilst not yet fully operational, things are progressing fairly smoothly and we have identified several pathfinder groups within the University who want to explore cloud computing more fully.
  • 14.30: SIG Business Matters, including future meeting dates and locations
  • 14.45: Tea
  • 15.00: David Salmon, Jisc: Feedback from the RCUK Cloud workshop
  • 15.45: AOB
  • 16.00: Meeting close

Offers of talks, or ideas of topics of interest, will be gratefully received. Please send any suggestions to hpc-sig-enquiries_at_jiscmail.ac.uk

As always, the meeting will be followed by refreshment and lively discussion in a local hostelry to which all are welcome.