VSC Research Center
The VSC Research Center operates together with the IT Services (ZID) of TU Wien the VSC supercomputer clusters and supports users of the systems. The VSC Research Center is a joint operation of the VSC partner universities and is, from a point of view of organization, attached to the TU Wien.
The VSC Research Center was initially financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (bmwfw) in the framework of an HRSM (Hochschulraumstrukturmittel) -project commencing in 2014 and applied for by the VSC partner universities. Presently it is financed from university budgets available to the partner universities from public funds.
The center is devoted to facilitate the use of high performance computing (HPC) clusters, especially with a view of efficiency.
VSC School Seminar – course program
VSC School Projects – financed research
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In the framework of the VSC Research Center, the VSC Team was enhanced by hiring a number of additional top-class experts. Consequently, the ability to assist users and projects at the VSC attempting to improve existing or develop new codes has been greatly extended. The effort is focussed on improving the efficient use of high performance computing resources. Please inquire at service(at)vsc.ac.at.
The VSC School is devoted to spreading knowledge about efficient coding with a focus on parallel computation on a range of modern architectures (VSC School Seminar). By supporting a small number of PhD students and PostDocs, it also contributes to the development of modern, efficient code. Better code permits to use less CPU time and energy for the same computation and thus contributes to the efficient use of resources, both financial and with respect of energy consumption and thus environment.
VSC School Seminar
We offer an education and training program, with seminar-like lectures as well as traditional training courses with hands-on sessions. Our course program can be found at VSC School Seminar.
VSC School Projects
With the start of the VSC Research Center seven VSC School Projects have been awarded that comprise funding of PhD or PostDoc positions directed at the development of scientific codes directly at the user groups. Even if scientific software is of increasing importance to wide scientific communities, it is at present unfortunately close to impossible to finance software development from scientific grants. We hope to find support for the next round of VSC School students. More information on these first seven projects can be found at VSC School Projects.
This smallish component of the VSC Research Center supports conference and workshop visits, invitations of international experts, and organization of workshops.
An integral part of VSC activities is testing and evaluating newest trends in HPC architectures. This includes installing and providing exploratory units available for short term operation by users, the VSC Team and external specialists assisting in proper set-up and fine-tuning. Current systems include various generations of GPUs, Intel's KNL (Knights Landing), a small testbed of Haswell nodes interconnected by Omni-Path interfaces (Intel's next generation IB network) and two separate containers filled with mineral oil to evaluate net saving potentials of liquid immersion cooling as offered by two different solution providers. For additional details please inquire at service(at)vsc.ac.at.