Data Analysis for Improving High Performance Computing Operations and Research. An Eucor Seed Money Project

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Dokumentart: ConferencePaper
Date: 2019-04
Language: English
Faculty: 7 Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Department: Informatik
DDC Classifikation: 004 - Data processing and computer science
Keywords: Hochleistungsrechnen
Other Keywords: bwHPC Symposium
High Performance Computing
Data analysis
HPC operations and research
HPC monitoring
Data protection and privacy
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This work addresses the challenges associated with analysis of data generated by high performance computing (HPC) systems under data protection and privacy requirements. The HPC systems are the workhorse of simulation science, enabling unique insights across many disciplines (climate modeling, life sciences, weather forecast, etc.). System monitoring and analysis of monitoring data are highly significant for the efficient operation and research in performance optimization of HPC systems. Such systems generate various and large volumes of data as they operate, constituting a case of Big Data that challenges key data protection and privacy principles. This paper describes the Data Analysis for Improving High Performance Computing Operations and Research (DA-HPC-OR) project funded through the Eucor - The European Campus EVTZ via the Seed Money program1. The main goal in this project is the analysis of data collected since July 2016 on the HPC system (NEMO) at the University of Freiburg in order to improve their research and operations activities. Data collected on the sciCORE cluster in Basel will be used to validate the knowledge extracted from NEMO. This knowledge will be used to improve the monitoring, operational, and research activities of the three HPC systems (Freiburg, Basel, and Strasbourg). Data protection requires legal monitoring the relevant Swiss, German, and EU legislation. Compliance with such laws will be ensured via data de-identification and anonymization prior to analysis. We leverage the HPC, legal, and data analysis expertise of the consortium to develop solutions that can be transferred to other Eucor members at no additional legislative inquiries or overheads.

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