DAVIDE (Development of an Added Value Infrastructure Designed in Europe) is an energy-aware Petaflops Class High Performance Cluster based on IBM Power Architecture and coupled with NVIDIA Tesla Pascal GPUs with NVLink. The innovative design of DAVIDE has been developed by E4 Computer Engineering for PRACE, with the aim of providing a leading edge HPC cluster showing higher performance, reduced power consumption and ease of use. A key technology of the architecture, developed in collaboration with the University of Bologna, is an innovative infrastructure for measuring, monitoring and capping the power consumption of the node and of the whole system.
With a focus on energy efficiency, in this introductory course we describe in more detail the DAVIDE architecture and, with the help of uses cases in fields such as materials science and deep learning, illustrate the new opportunities available to users thanks to the introduction of this system into the Cineca HPC infrastructure.
By the end of the course, participants will be expected to:
- have a good understanding of the technologies employed in the DAVIDE HPC supercomputer
- recognize the types of problem and application particularly suited to the cluster
- understand how the energy monitoring system can be used to improve the energy efficiency of applications
Researchers who may wish to use the cluster in the future for their research or simply those interested in the evolving field of energy monitoring and efficiency in HPC.
The lunch for the two days will be offered to all the participants and some grants are available. The only requirement to be eligible is to be not funded by your institution to attend the course and to work or live in an institute outside the Bologna area. The grant will be 200 euros for students working and living outside Italy and 100 euros for students working and living in Italy. Some documentation will be required and the grant will be paid only after a certified presence of minimum 80% of the lectures.
Further information about how to request the grant, will be provided at the confirmation of the course: about 3 weeks before the starting date.