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CASPUR HPC Grant 2009: risultati e prospettive


Abstract


With the aim of promoting the use of high-performance computing in scientific research, CASPUR has periodically invited researchers from universities, public and private research institutions, to submit scientific projects for free allocation of computing resources. The acquisition of the new computer facility, named 'Matrix' (an HPC cluster with 2640 core, interconnected in InfiniBand technology), has enabled CASPUR HPC Department to expand the computer resources offered to the Italian and international scientific community. The strategy of the 2009 HPC grants call is twofold: on the one hand to involve a very large user base, distributed over the whole national territory, i.e. beyond the limits of the universities member of the CASPUR consortium; and, on the other hand to give significant amount of resources to few projects, very ambitious from both scientific and computational point of view. Therefore the 2009 HPC grant initiative, named CASPUR HPC Grant 2009, is divided into two calls: Standard HPC Grant 2009, for projects requiring up to 80,000 hours/core over 9 months, and Competitive HPC Grant 2009, for projects requiring up to 1,000,000 hours/core over 18 months. 136 projects (15 Competitive) have been approved and more than 14,000,000
hours/core allocated. After the success of HPC Grant 2009 initiative, CASPUR will replicate and improve its offer of HPC Grant, increasing, if possible, the size and performance of its HPC systems available to their users.

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Supercalcolo, HPC, grant, Matrix

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