May 17, 2012
9:00AM - 12:00PM (PDT)
SDSC (San Diego Supercomputer Center) on the campus of UC San Diego
Conference room: E-144 (located just off the east entry lobby)
This three-hour workshop provides all of the basics for getting started with the Gordon Compute Cluster. We begin with a description of the Gordon architecture covering the Intel Sandy Bridge processors and 710 Series Solid-State drives, compute nodes, I/O nodes, dual-rail 3D torus interconnect and Data Oasis, SDSC's Lustre based parallel file system. We then discuss how ScaleMP's vSMP foundation software is used to aggregate multiple physical compute nodes to provide users with a large logical, shared memory space. After describing the Gordon system and capabilities, we dive into the nuts and bolts of building executables, submitting and monitoring jobs using PBS, and understanding the user environment. The workshop concludes with a discussion of the impact of compiler choice and compiler flags on run time and a demonstration showing how to use the flash drives, either as scratch space or for staging repeatedly accessed data. Short hands-on exercises will be interspersed with the presentations to give attendees a chance to immediately apply what they learn.
The workshop will be available to participants on-site and remotely through ReadyTalk. If participating remotely information will be sent to you early in the week.
SDSC information and directions can be found at: www.sdsc.edu.