Important News for SuperMUC Users

Gauss Call for Large-Scale Projects

A "Call for Large-Scale Projects" is published by the Gauss Centre twice a year.  The next call for proposals will cover the period 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020. Projects are classified as “Large-Scale” if they require 35 million core-hours or more per year. Eligible are applications from German universities and publicly funded German research institutions. The Call will open from 

14 January 2019 until  11 February 2019, 17:00 CET (strict deadline)  

Application for a large-scale project must be done by filling in the appropriate electronic application form that can be accessed from the GCS web page 

http://www.gauss-centre.eu/large-scale-application

Since a new method for handling the application process will be used, we ask you to prepare your application early enough and get aquainted with the new interface. Do not wait until the last minute.

Final Shutdown of SuperMUC Phase-1

SuperMUC Phase-1 will be finally be shutdown on Jan 2, 2019. Preparation of SuperMUC-NG as a successor system is under way.

Operation of SuperMUC Phase-2

Operation on SuperMUC Phase-2 will continue until June 30, 2019. Frequency will remain capped to 1.8 GHz at least until  the acceptance benchmarks for SuperMUC-NG have been concluded. All file systems (HOME, WORK, SCRATCH) will remain accessible until the shutdown of Phase-2.

Automatic project prolongation

Due to the interruption of services for the installation of SuperMUC-NG we have automatically prolonged all projects by an additional interval of 2 months.

New user-centered usage model

LRZ will introduce a new usage model for SuperMUC-NG. Such a model was requested in several user discussions. It will overcome well-known difficulties in using the system, such as the complexities of handling several user accounts, as well as sharing of data between project members and even between different projects. Note that the usage model for the old SuperMUC will remain unchanged for the rest of its lifetime.

All user will get ONE (1) new unique userID. Also new naming schemes and paths for HOME, WORK and SCRATCH must be used.

There will be no automatic copying of data from SuperMUC to SuperMUC-NG performed by LRZ.  Users are obliged to themselves organize and clean up their datasets, delete all unnecessary files, and optionally compress many small files into a few tar-archives.

More details about the new usage model will be announced soon.

New status page

A new status page for the LRZ High Performance Computing systems is available:

https://doku.lrz.de/display/PUBLIC/High+Performance+Computing

From this page you can get access to the (preliminary!) documentation for SuperMUC-NG. Please regularly check these pages about the status and messages on the HPC systems.

Season Greetings

Finally, the HPC and Application Support Teams at LRZ hereby wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

During the next year, a lot of effort by LRZ, Intel and Lenovo will be put into the bringing the first phase of SuperMUC-NG into operation.

LRZ wishes all its users highly productive use of the new system, resulting in great scientific successes.


Verfasser: Matthias Brehm
veröffentlicht: 2018-12-12