After the successful first VSC users day in January 2014, the second users day took place at the University of Antwerp on Monday November 30 2015. The users committee organized the day. The plenary sessions were given by an external and an internal speaker. Moreover, 4 workshops were organized:

  • VSC for starters (UAntwerp)
    Upscaling to HPC. We will present you some best practices, give advice when using HPC clusters and show some pros and cons when moving from desktop to HPC. Even more experienced researchers may be interested.
  • Specialized Tier-2 infrastructure: shared memory (KU Leuven)
    Shared memory: when distributing data is not/no longer an option. We will introduce you to the available shared memory infrastructure by means of some use cases.
  • Big data (UGent)
    We present Hanythingondemand (hod), a solution for running Hadoop, Spark and other services on HPC clusters.
  • Cloud and grid access (VUB)
    The availability of grid and cloud resources is not so well known in VSC. We will introduce you to the cloud environment, explain how it can be useful to you and show how you can gain access.

Some impressions...

More pictures

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09:50 Welcome – Bart De Moor (chair Hercules Foundation)
10:00 Invited lecture: High performance and multiscale computing: blood, clay, stars and humans – Derek Groen (Centre for Computational Science, University College London) [slides - PDF 8.3MB]
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Workshops / hands-on sessions (parallel sessions)
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Lecture internal speaker: High-performance computing of wind farms in the atmospheric boundary layer – Johan Meyers (Department of Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven) [slides - PDF 9.9MB]
14:30 ‘1 minute’ poster presentations
14:45 Workshops / hands-on sessions (parallel sessions)
16:15 Coffee & Poster session
17:00 Closing – Dirk Roose (representative of users committee)
17:10 Drink

Titles and abstracts

An overview of the posters that will be presented during the poster session is available here.