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Tuesday, October 13 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Open OnDemand, XDMoD, and ColdFront: an HPC center management toolset

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The University at Buffalo Center for Computational Research (UB CCR) and Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) team up to offer HPC systems personnel a step-by-step tutorial for installing, configuring and using what many centers now consider vital software products for managing and enabling access to their resources. UB CCR offers two open source products - an allocations management system, ColdFront, and an HPC metrics & data analytics tool, XDMoD. OSC provides the open source Open OnDemand portal for easy, seamless web-based access for users to HPC resources. These three tools have been designed to work together to provide a full package of HPC center management and access products. In this tutorial the system administrators and software developers from OSC and UB CCR will provide an overview of the installation and configuration of each of these software packages. We’ll show how to use these three products in conjunction with each other and the Slurm job scheduler.

We will begin the tutorial with a short overview of each software product and how they tie together to provide seamless management of an HPC center. We’ll spend the first half focusing on ColdFront and XDMoD. The second half will be spent on OnDemand including a demonstration of configuring interactive apps for use on the cluster. We’ll end with instructions on how to tie together XDMoD with OnDemand for access to job metrics within OnDemand. Due to the pace of this workshop, we do not anticipate attendees will be able to follow along step-by-step. We will provide a full Docker cluster-in-a-container environment with instructions for attendees to complete outside of the workshop. In addition to this, we will offer post-workshop Zoom sessions and Slack channels for each of the three software products so attendees can ask specific questions of the individual development teams.
  • Audience: Target audience is HPC system administrators and user support personnel. 
  • Skill level: No experience necessary for presentation portion of tutorial. Intermediate experience recommended for utilizing the Docker cluster-in-a-container environment.
  • Prerequisites: An understanding of HPC clusters and batch scheduling is highly recommended. Docker experience is helpful, but not required for using the toolset environment provided.
  • Technology Requirements:  Only a connection to Zoom is required (provided through the QiqoChat conference platform). However, to utilize the HPC toolset cluster-in-a-container provided as part of the tutorial, users will need to install Docker and any prerequisites. Installation information can be found here:  https://github.com/ubccr/hpc-toolset-tutorial

Tuesday October 13, 2020 1:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
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