PROMINENCE HPCaaS for Fusion

SD ID: PROMINENCE HPCaaS for Fusion

Organisations & Contacts:

Dr Rob Akers, Culham Science Centre

Shaun de Witt, Culham Science Centre

Dr David Coster, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik

Dr Par Strand, Chalmers University of Technology

John Corne Bright Computing BV

 

OVERVIEW: The overall aim of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of launching MPI/OpenMP jobs on the EGI FedCloud (and other cloud instances) and allow external communities to assess whether HPC class nodes accessible through such a cloud interface are useful to them in their work.

SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE DEMONSTRATOR:

  • Run containerized fusion MPI based modelling codes on both CCFE cloud and private clouds
  • Demonstrate ability to burst on to EGI fedCloud. Ability for external communities to access resources at CCFE

IMPACT: PROMINENCE will provide smaller fusion sites access to HPC class nodes through a cloud interface. These sites provide unique expertise, e.g. in the development of novel algorithms which will lead to increased efficiency and impact. We will demonstrate that the fusion community can make use of distributed cloud resource, and ensure that sites running small HPC clusters can utilise them efficiently. This type of decentralised computing is vital for future ITER analysis where no single site will have sufficient resource to run all necessary HTC and HPC workflow.

Beyond fusion, the availability of HPCaaS will be of interest to other disciplines and will be complementary to larger machines available in PRACE. Making hardware available through EOSC infrastructure with the capability of bursting between different providers is a desirable feature for communities wanting to make limited use of HPC for modelling, analysis or development and scalability testing of novel codes.