SORS: Supercomputing at Arizona State University

Date: 27/Jun/2023 Time: 15:00


1-3-2 Room, BSC Building and Zoom.


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Abstract: This talk will provide a background on the latest supercomputer at Arizona State University, a brief overview of the multitude of researchers that utilize it and the problems that they encounter, and then briefly summarize several projects that the Computational Research Accelerator has engaged in. Our nascent group is growing very quickly and we hope to learn from BSC and establish long-lasting connections.

At the beginning of 2023, Arizona State University (ASU) turned the Sol supercomputer online. Consisting of over seventeen-thousand CPU cores and two-hundred GPUs, the supercomputer was able to achieve a modest GPU-only HPL speed of 2272 TeraFLOP/s, making it the 388th fastest supercomputer in the world (as of June 2023, via the Top500), marking the first time in nearly a decade since the State of Arizona had a Top500 system. ASU is comprised of a multitude of researchers: as of Fall 2022, roughly five-thousand faculty support over one-hundred-and-ten-thousand undergraduate students as well as thirty-thousand graduate students across seventeen Colleges. The Computational Research Accelerator was founded in 2021 to primarily scale researcher workflows to HPC systems and decrease the time to science. Example issues include designing submission workflows (with SLURM job arrays or dependencies), porting CPU-only codes to the GPU, and leveraging the flow of numerical linear algebra in a researcher's code to maximize performance.


Short bio: Jason Yalim is an Assistant Research Professor in the Computational Research Accelerator, a high-performance computing unit that brings Arizona State University (ASU) researchers onto ASU supercomputers and scales their workflows. This is done through algorithmic, data structure, or software optimization, as well as through the use of established (GPUs) or novel (e.g., NEC VE20Bs) accelerator hardware. Jason received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics with a computational background in stratified fluid flows and numerical analysis.



Speaker: Jason Yalim is an Assistant Research Professor in the Computational Research Accelerator, Arizona State University, USA
Host: Kat Grayson, Climate Services Es Group Recognised Researcher, ES, BSC