"The highly customizable nature of PBS Professional is a key feature enabling more productive cluster management."
– Dr. Hiroshi Nakashima
Professor, Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University
Supercomputing at the university was boosted when Cray installed the Cray® XC™ “Camphor 2” supercomputer and two Cray® CS™ systems, “Laurel 2” and “Cinnamon 2.” All three systems had PBS Professional installed and the university also added the Cray® DataWarp™ application I/O accelerator, with transparent cache mode integration by Altair. Camphor 2 includes the Cray-designed Aries™ interconnect and over five petaflops of
Customization and custom development were key features of the solution. Altair did custom coding to achieve service-level agreements (SLAs) and, after the supercomputing system was installed, developed a node allocator that worked in conjunction with the scheduler to find the best times and places to schedule jobs.
The Kyoto University supercomputing ecosystem was built to handle a variety of workloads, many with memory-hungry operations and highly parallel vectorized codes. PBS Professional efficiently orchestrates job scheduling and management for the most complex, demanding HPC workloads. It also keeps energy costs down by efficiently managing computing resources.
The university’s next step is to boost computing power with a new high-performance system that will accommodate an even wider range of applications, including machine learning. This will use advanced technologies such as containers and energy-efficient resource allocation.
With state-of-the-art Cray computing architecture and the latest workload management technology from Altair, Kyoto University is equipped to provide robust HPC resources for users both in and out of the university for many years to come.