Niagara at Scale – June 2022

April 27, 2022 in frontpage, news

What is “Niagara at Scale”?

“Niagara at Scale” are events where the Niagara supercomputer is reserved for two days for large parallel computations on the order of the size of the cluster.

In 2021, SciNet held two successful “Niagara at Scale” events. Because of further demand for such large computations, another “Niagara at Scale” event will be held at the beginning of June 2022.

Purpose of “Niagara at Scale”

These events enable pre-approved projects that require all or nearly all of the capacity of the Niagara supercomputer at once. Such heroic computations are Niagara’s mandate, as it is the “Large Parallel” cluster within the national systems of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, and one of the fastest machines of its kind in Canada according to the TOP500 List. But computations of this size — think massively parallel codes running on tens of thousands of cores — are hard or impossible to run within the regular batch scheduler.

How to apply

All Niagara users that have computations which are not trivially parallel, and can only run at such scales, are encouraged to apply to take part in this event.

Announcements of this event went out to Niagara users on April 25th, 2022, with an application deadline of May 9, 2022.

Applications should include the intended computation, as well as the number, size (in nodes), and duration of the jobs to be run at scale. Successful proposals will need to show evidence that their codes can run efficiently on at least 10,000 cores on Niagara and include strong and/or weak scaling data and plots, In addition, the codes must be able to checkpoint and restart, especially since jobs will be restricted to a shorter wall time.

Future events

There will be more Niagara at Scales events in the future. If you are a Niagara user that has massively parallel jobs or workflows that could take advantage of this opportunity, keep an eye out for future announcements.