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ViroLab to use the DEISA Infrastructure
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 08:13
We are pleased to announce that the FP7 VPH-NoE has secured an allocation of time on the DEISA infrastructure for use by VPH-I & ViroLab projects. Following on from an initial requirements gathering exercise conducted by NoE WP3 staff toward the end of 2008, an application to the DEISA (Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications) Virtual Communities Programme was made in February. The VPH Initiative has now been awarded an allocation of 2 million CPU hours for 2009, available for use by any VPH-I project and by ViroLab, to support research that requires access to high performance compute faculties. Continuing allocations should ensue for the lifetime of the VPH-I.

DEISA ( operates a heterogeneous high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure currently formed by eleven European national supercomputing centres that are interconnected by a dedicated high performance network. The DEISA supercomputing resources incorporate several different platforms and operating systems: IBM AIX on Power5-6, IBM Linux on PowerPC, IBM BlueGene/P, SGI Linux on Itanium, Cray XT, and NEC vector systems. Since the inception of VPH- NoE, partners at UCL have been petitioning DEISA to establish a Virtual Communities Programme to underpin HPC requirements of long term (i.e. 3-5 year) EU funded projects, as previously DEISA project access and allocations had been decided in on national basis, with no reference to EU funded initiatives.

The DEISA VPH Virtual Community is being administered by VPH-NoE WP3 staff. The bulk of the allocation will be distributed amongst the VPH- I projects that previously responded to the NoE HPC requirements questionnaire, although there are many CPU hours still available for other projects in 2009. The NoE intends to manage the allocation through a system of 'community champions', designated individuals from each group of VPH/ViroLab DEISA users, who provide a central contact point between the NoE, DEISA and their respective projects. If you could make use of this allocation, we ask that you nominate an individual from your project to act as a DEISA contact point for the members of your project, and to work with DEISA staff to help deploy your simulation codes on their resources. The nominated individual should contact the NoE WP3 by emailing \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it