Oct 14 – 18, 2013
Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Tier-2 Optimisation for Computational Density/Diversity and Big Data

Oct 14, 2013, 3:00 PM
Grote zaal (Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage)

Grote zaal

Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage

Poster presentation Facilities, Production Infrastructures, Networking and Collaborative Tools Poster presentations


Robert Fay (University of Liverpool)


As the number of cores on chip continues to trend upwards and new CPU architectures emerge, increasing CPU density and diversity presents multiple challenges to site administrators. These include scheduling for massively multi-core systems (potentially including GPU (integrated and dedicated) and many integrated core (MIC)) to ensure a balanced throughput of jobs while preserving overall cluster throughput, in addition to meeting data demands as both dataset sizes increase and as the rate of demand scales with increased computational power, along with the practical management of these resources. In this report, we evaluate the current tools and technologies available to manage these emerging requirements, including cluster software (batch, scheduling), resource management solutions (VMs, clouds, containers) and infrastructure (hardware and network specification and optimisation, software services) in order to assess what options are available at the present time, the limits therein, and to identify issues remaining to be addressed.

Primary authors

John Bland (University of Liverpool) Robert Fay (University of Liverpool)


Mr Mark Norman (University of Liverpool) Stephen Jones (Liverpool University)

Presentation materials