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National Grid Infrastructure for Scientific Research in Belarus

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HPC/HTC resources and virtual services for Belarusian education, academic and industrial research community.

Brief description of the legal entity: The United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (UIIP NASB) is the leading Belarusian governmental institution for carrying out fundamental and applied research in the fields of information technology and computer science. The UIIP NASB has about 450 staff including 270 research workers: 18 scientists with DSc degree and 73 with PhD degree. Presently the UIIP NASB is an associate member of GEANT project, represents Belarus in TERENA, EGI and IGTF. Also the UIIP NASB is the Belarusian coordinator and principal executor of all the supercomputer state programs including joint Russian-Belarusian cooperation.

Brief history of the technology development: SKIF 2000-2004: Development and creation of supercomputer family SKIF; TRIADA 2005-2008: Development of applications based on SKIF supercomputers; SKIF-Grid 2007-2010: Development of Grid technologies and new generation SKIF supercomputers; Grid-CIS 2014-current: United Grid Infrastructure of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Short description of available resources: The UIIP NASB operates the Network of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (BASNET) that is connected to the pan-European research network GEANT. The computing power and storage is distributed between several HPC/HTC resource centers.

User communities

User communities are represented by industrial enterprises, scientific centers and laboratories:

UIIP NASB coordinates the National Grid Competence Center and provides support to several user communities in the following domains:

Computer engineering

Support objectives: Technical support and consultancy to existing and prospective user communities on usage of finite element method packages in HPC/Grid environment for various applications.

Current cooperation and support: 1) «Amkodor», production of special type of machinery in the Republic of Belarus and CIS countries [1]; 2) JSC Belaruskali, producer and exporter of potash fertilizers [2]; 3) BELSHINA JSC, tiremaker [3].

Current status activity: active collaboration with industrial partners.

Medical Image Analysis

Support objectives: Dissemination of Grid-Technologies among Medical Radiology (Tuberculosis/Lung Cancer) and Histology/citology (Ovarian Cancer/Thuroid Gland Cancer) specialists.

Development projects that could bring benefits to this community: 1) creation of database of medical images available for analysis on distributed computing infrastructures; 2) Development/adaptation of the tools for data/image mining in large biomedical image databases, distributed image data storage and retrieval, content-based medical image retrieval, distributed biomedical image processing and analysis

Communities to be effected: 1) international medical associations; 2) medical specialists working in the subject domain.

Current cooperation and support: 1) UIIP NASB activity is in cooperation with Sweden and Broad Institute (USA); 2) Supported by National Institute of Health USA and Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus.

Current status activity: Example of the result of international cooperation is the portal [4] with unique data for research. A lot of work done in past for national medical institutions.

Weather Research and Forecasting

Support objectives: Creation of the service constantly running tasks on monitoring weather conditions in different regions and allerting parameters for possible severe weather events.

Development projects that could bring benefits to this community: - Integrated automated system for forecasting severe weather events.

Communities to be effected: 1) international weather research communities; 2) Hydrometeorology forecasting centers.

Current cooperation and support: 1) Cooperation with NGI_ARMGRID already established and activities are ongoing, funds requested from state scientific bodies to support international cooperation on that subject; 2) The State Scientific Institution "The United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"; 3) National Ozone Monitoring Research and Educational Center; 4) National Hydrometeorological Center; 5) Belarusian State University; 6) Financial support from Belarusian State program of actions on climate change (2013 - 2020).

Current status activity: 1) Grid-Infrastructure is being prepared, new hardware has been established; 2) Project space is established http://grid.basnet.by/projects/hydrometeorology

Bionformatics/Biophysics and Cell Engineering/Chemistry

Current status activity: Molecular dynamics simulation and modelling.

Current cooperation and support:

Robotics

Support objectives: Creation of the service for robotics developers to use the Grid infrastructure.

Development projects that could bring benefits to this community: 1) HPC/HTC support for robot's simultaneous localization and mapping tasks (a technique used by robots and autonomous vehicles to build up a map within an unknown environment (without a priori knowledge), or to update a map within a known environment (with a priori knowledge from a given map), while at the same time keeping track of their current location).

Communities to be effected: 1) international robotics developer communities; 2) Specific Institutes and organizations (inc. SMEs).

Current cooperation and support: 1) International cooperation of the team members; 2) Supported by the State Scientific Institution "The United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"; 3) Supported byHi-Tech Park Belarus; 4) Supported by the Scientific and Technological Association Infopark.

Current status activity: Developer team web-site http://robotics.by

National Grid Competence Center

The Grid Competence Center is an instrument which UIIP NASB is implementing to:

The Grid Compenetence Center bridges networks of existing and prospective research communities from academia and industry within the competence of the following State organizations:

The State Scientific Institution "The United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"

http://uiip.bas-net.by/

HPC usage:

Competence in science and engineering:

The State Scientific Institution "The Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research – Sosny of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"

http://sosny.bas-net.by/

HPC usage:

Competence in science and engineering:

The State Scientific Institution "The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"

http://iboch.bas-net.by/

HPC usage:

Competence in science and engineering:

The State Scientific Institution "The Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"

http://im.bas-net.by/

HPC usage:

Competence in science and engineering:

The State Educational Establishment "Belarusian State University"

http://bsu.by/

HPC usage:

Competence in science and engineering:

The State Educational Establishment "Belarusian National Technical University"

http://bntu.by/

HPC usage:

Competence in science and engineering:

Provided Services

National Grid Competence Center is providing researchers with computational and server resources for international research collaborations.

The computational resources are provided through UNICORE and QCG middleware.

Technical characteristics of the clusters in supercomputer configurations available in NGI_BY:
Technical Characteristics SKIF-GPU SKIF-GRID
Number of compute nodes / processors,

 number of head nodes/processors

34/68, 2/4 36/72, 2/12
Processors Intel Xeon E5570 (2,93 GHz, 4 cores) AMD Opteron 6174 (2,23 GHz, 12 cores)
Graphics accelerators Graphics card MSI GF 295GTX (Fermi) NVIDIA Tesla S2050 (Fermi)
Peak Performance, Gflops (x86-64) 3188 7707
Linpack Performance, Gflops (x86-64) 3025 6331
Main Memory, GB 816 1728
Disk Storage of compute nodes, TB 5,44 9
Server NFS, TB 12 24
Interconnect, Gb/s Infiniband QDR 40 Infiniband QDR 40
Control network Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
Service network IMPI IMPI
Operating System Fedora GNI/Linux Fedora GNI/Linux
Compilers, Libraries GNU Compilers Collection (GCC), C/C++, Fortran,

Libraries MPI (Open MPI, MVAPICH)

GNU Compilers Collection (GCC), C/C++, Fortran,

Libraries MPI (Open MPI, MVAPICH)

The server resources are provided through Synnefo/Ganeti management framework.

Technical characteristics of the available server resources for international research collaborations in NGI_BY:
Number of cores RAM Storage
160 Cores 320 Gb RAM 40 TB

To access the resources one will only need a certificate x509 issued by Certification Authority accredited within the IGTF or authorize with SAML credentials. Please contact National GCC for further information.

Contact information

For additional information please contact the National Grid Competence Center by e-mail: grid@basnet.by

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