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Wednesday, July 20 • 11:00am - 11:30am
AD: Implementation of Simple XSEDE-Like Clusters: Science Enabled and Lessons Learned

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The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) has created a suite of software that is collectively known as the XSEDE-Compatible Basic Cluster (XCBC). It is designed to enable smaller, resource-constrained research groups or universities to quickly and easily implement a computing environment similar to XSEDE computing resources.The XCBC acts as both an enabler of local research and as a springboard for seamlessly moving researchers onto XSEDE resources when the time comes to scale up their efforts to larger hardware. The XCBC system consists of the Rocks Cluster Manager, developed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center for use on Gordon and Comet, and an XSEDE-specific “Rocks Roll'', containing a selection of libraries, compilers, and scientific software curated by the Campus Bridging (CB) group. The versions of software included in the roll are kept up to date with those implemented on XSEDE resources.
The Campus Bridging team has helped several universities implement the XCBC, and finds the design to be extremelyuseful for resource-limited (in time, administrator knowledge, ormoney) research groups or institutions. Here, we detail our recentexperiences in implementing the XCBC design at university campuses across the country. These XCBC implementations were carried out with Campus Bridging staff traveling on-site to the partner institutions to directly assist with the cluster build. Results from a site visits at partner institutions show how the Campus Bridging team helped accelerate cluster implementation and research by providing expertise and hands-on assistance during cluster building. We also describe how, following a visit from Campus Bridging staff, the XCBC has accelerated research and discovery at our partner institutions.

Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Chopin Ballroom