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New UCloud User Interface 

DeiC Interactive HPC is excited to roll out the new User Interface on the UCloud platform, designed to simplify processes and enhance the user experience. The updated interface, serving 10,000 users (and growing), signifies the dedication to delivering an easy-to-use interface that provides researchers with access to advanced interactive computing power, along with comprehensive data analysis and visualisation tools.

The launch of this new user interface marks a significant overhaul. Our team has meticulously redesigned every aspect, from its overall look-and-feel to the functionality of each page. Our primary objective has been to create an enhanced platform for users. We’re excited to see how researchers will benefit from the improved efficiency and usability when engaging with the platform,” says Dan Sebastian Thrane, Special Consultant at the eScience Center, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), and leader of the cloud team, which has been responsible for the development and implementation of the UI update.

Key changes of the new user interface include:

  1. Restructured dashboard layout to prioritize important information.
  2. Redesigned application catalogue with improved discoverability features.
  3. Improved space utilization with keyboard control, infinite scroll and better performance.
  4. File management now includes drag-select, drag-and-drop, and copy-paste for quicker access, along with a location bar for easy navigation.
  5. New two-level sidebar navigation replaces the top navigation bar, making it easier to find and access sub-pages within specific categories.
  6. Streamlined resource allocations integrate sub-projects, simplifying creation and management. The interface has been redesigned for improved organization and efficiency.
  7. Job submission enhancements allow users to switch between different app flavors and receive notifications for job status changes.

The updated interface reflects extensive research and meticulous examination of every aspect of the user interface, with the goal of addressing common pain points and improving both the overall layout and user experience. Designed with a focus on simplicity, efficiency, and consistency, the new interface aims to empower users while maintaining the core workflow on UCloud. This ensures that researchers can seamlessly manage their data and run applications as they normally would. 

All these enhancements mark a significant step forward in optimising the digital infrastructure and is available by May 14th 2024. For further details about the new user-interface, changes to accounting and a brand-new application catalog, visit UCloud.

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Adding 16 NVIDIA H100 GPUs to the DeiC Interactive HPC service marks significant milestone in computational research

Denmark has marked a significant milestone in computational research with the addition of 16 NVIDIA H100 GPUs to the DeiC Interactive HPC service, and 16 more are expected by the end of the year. The tender for the acquisition of the GPUs was awarded to Lenovo. This addition signifies a big leap forward for Danish researchers, who can now easily access the new GPUs through UCloud, and positions Denmark at the forefront of AI innovation. We recently had the privilege of talking with Dr. Valerio Rizzo, head of AI & SME at Lenovo’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) division, about the AI revolution that is currently taking place and Lenovo’s role in the production of the world’s most powerful hardware for AI. 

Collaboration between Lenovo and NVIDIA

NVIDIA is the company behind the industry-leading graphics processing unit (GPU), H100, currently the most sought-after hardware for AI and used extensively by some of the biggest AI companies in the world, including OpenAI, Microsoft and Google. H100 is generally 2-3 times faster than the previous A100 generation, and an impressive 30 times faster for AI workloads such as large language models (LLM). The recently announced supercomputer, Gefion, by Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) and the Export and Investment Fund of Denmark (EIFO) will make use of the same technology. 

In the past, Danish researchers had to either search abroad or pay commercial cloud providers expensive fees to use these powerful machines. However, since January this year the 16 H100 GPUs have been available via the DeiC Interactive HPC service, provided by a consortium of universities consisting of Aarhus University (AU), Aalborg University (AAU) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). The H100 GPUs are hosted at the SDU data center and available via the user-friendly platform, UCloud, that powers the DeiC Interactive HPC service…

To read more please go to SDU eScience to read the full story

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No More Waiting for Resources

Streamline your workflow when using DeiC Interactive HPC

Have you ever experienced delays due to high demand for computing resources on UCloud (DeiC Interactive HPC)? The key to faster access and reducing system strain is efficient resource management.

Over-requesting can lead to unnecessary waiting because DeiC Interactive HPC operates by allocating resources to users as the requested resources become available, without the use of priority queues. Consequently, if you select a large machine for a relatively small task, you will need to wait for other tasks requested for these larger but fewer machines to finish, leading to prolonged waiting.

“Users with little or no experience in assessing the amounts of resources needed have a tendency to request more than they actually need.  This causes unnecessary queues and frustration for other users. However, we also see experienced users choosing the large machines simply out of habit instead of starting small, and subsequently migrate to a larger machine only when necessary.”

Jes Elgin, Cloud Engineer at DeiC Interactive HPC

To avoid delays, users need to accurately assess and request only the necessary resources for their task. Starting with conservative estimates can expedite access and improve overall system efficiency.

“Choosing small will always give you a head start as there are more small machines, and you can always upgrade to a large machine if you need it. You don’t have to start over, and you won’t lose any data.”

Jes Elgin, Cloud Engineer at DeiC Interactive HPC

So, choose your machine based on a qualified estimate of resources needed. If unsure start small and seek advice from experienced colleagues or the DeiC Front Office.

For optimal use of interactive HPC and to enhance your research, consult our guide on Interactive HPC Best Practices.

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9000 users on DeiC Interactive HPC

DeiC Interactive HPC has achieved another remarkable feat: it now has more than 9000 users! The graph shows the rapid and steady growth of the user base, which has tripled in just two years. More about this new milestone here

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Interactive HPC Consortium workshop

A few days ago, Center for Humanities Computing at Aarhus Universitet had the pleasure of inviting Interactive HPC Consortium colleagues from CLAAUDIA, Aalborg Universitet and the SDU eScience Center to a workshop day at the wonderful Moesgaard Museum.

“We have these collaborative workshops every six months to stay informed and improve the Interactive HPC service, but also to stay connected with what we consider to be close colleagues from the other two universities.
Meeting up in person adds an essential layer to this cross-university collaboration, positively impacting the operation and development of the DeiC Interactive HPC facility. Through these gatherings, innovations are cultivated collectively among partners, each contributing their unique perspective. Given the consistently productive outcomes of these workshops resulting in several working groups that tackle delegated tasks in the coming months, we are considering expanding to a two-day workshop next time to facilitate more in-depth discussions and collaboration,” says Kristoffer Nielbo, Director of Center for Humanities Computing.

This recent workshop hosted no fewer than 25 people who convened to discuss the general status, infrastructure, education, and branding of DeiC Interactive HPC. The day concluded perfectly with a visit to the exhibitions at Moesgaard Museum and its grounds. Everyone looks forward to the next Interactive HPC workshop hosted by CLAAUDIA in wonderful Aalborg.

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Apply for HPC resources

The first national call for HPC resources H2-2024 is now open.

As a researcher at a Danish university, you have various options for gaining access to computing power at both Danish and international HPC facilities.

Deadline for application is 12. March. For more information, visit DeiCs website.

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DeiC Interactive HPC offers integration of advanced Quantum Computing Applications

Recently two advanced quantum computing applications were deployed on DeiC Interactive HPC: the NVIDIA CUDA Quantum Platform and the NVIDIA cuQuantum Appliance.

These applications show the continuous commitment to offer cutting-edge technologies to the Interactive HPC users.

“With these new applications, DeiC Interactive HPC is at the forefront of bringing quantum computing into practical, real-world use,” says Emiliano Molinaro, leader of research support at the SDU eScience Center. “The platform is now uniquely equipped to support the development of quantum algorithms and simulations, offering unprecedented level of computational power and flexibility.”

We hope that DeiC Interactive HPC’s deployment of these NVIDIA applications will be useful for a wide array of users, from academic researchers to industry professionals, seeking to explore the uncharted territories of quantum computing. It represents not only an enhancement of DeiC Interactive HPC’s offerings but also a significant contribution to the Danish quantum computing ecosystem.

Check out the full story on the SDU eScience website.

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Video use case: DeiC Interactive strengthens teaching in digital methods

Historian Adela Subotkova teaches history students at the University of Aarhus in digital methods. For her, DeiC Interactive has become an essential tool that has significantly facilitated and improved teaching.

Visit deic.dk to view video use case from the 2023 DeiC Conference

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Another milestone – 8000 users on DeiC Interactive HPC

Interactive HPC hits another milestone: There are now more than 8000 users! This is an increase of 1000 users during less than 3 months!

The activity on the platform has been sky-high during the past few weeks – possibly amplified by the many researchers who praised the platform and inspired others at the DeiC conference on the 7-8th of November.

Check out the story and read more about why the platform is so succesful at SDU eScience.

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Video use case: HPC enlightens researchers in social sciences and humanities about human behavior

Sociologist Rolf Lyneborg Lund has trained an image AI using DeiCInteractive, which can help us understand how people perceive the concepts of “good” and “bad” neighbourhoods.

Visit deic.dk to view video use case from the 2023 DeiC Conference