Education and testing polygon

Education and testing polygon is an important part of the HybriLIT heterogeneous platform aimed at investigation of all possibilities of new computing architectures, new IT-solutions, and also for carrying out tutorials on parallel programming technologies, modern tools for developing, debugging and profiling parallel applications.

HybriLIT heterogeneous platform has a unified two-level structure for education and testing polygon and “GOVORUN” supercomputer.

Software environment of the HybriLIT heterogeneous platform

Software environment includes a set of system software for the heterogeneous platform:

  • OS: Scientific Linux 7.4
  • SLURM installed as a task manager
  • NFS и EOS file systems
  • CernVM-FS – specialized file system that allows sharing software
  • MODULES package is used for setting environmental variable for the solution of a specific task by means of using the required software (compilers, libraries; applied software packages, etc.)
  • Libraties, packages for running parallel applications on various computing architectures.


Information environment of the HybriLIT heterogeneous platform

Information environment includes a set of services by means of which users can arrange their work in a more efficient way and have access to required and useful information while working on the cluster. Among services provided for users there are those, which contain necessary information about the cluster, and about upcoming events that will be held by the HybriLIT team. Such services include:

  • HybriLIT web-page.
  • GitLab: – it is a service aimed at mutual parallel development of applications. This is a version control system and it allows follow the changes in the code of projects. System functional is wide and includes such possibilities as separation of access among users, task management system, wiki, code review, etc.With a huge increase of the number of users, there appeared a need to monitor all data on the following issue:
    • resources used,
    • types of running tasks,
    • users who run tasks,
    • computation time of particular tasks, etc
  • Indico system it is used by the HybriLIT team in order to organize conferences, seminars and meetings dedicated to parallel programming technologies. The system allows creating different events that will take place in the Institute. The created event provides basic information about the event itself, time and place. There is also a possibility to upload all the materials of lectures so that every user can download it.
  • HybriLIT User Support: – it is a project developed in the Project Management Service system that allows answer the questions of users, upload useful materials, publish news, etc. This project is developed for a more efficient interaction between users and the HybriLIT team. This system provides possibilities for information distribution about the upcoming events and the current state of the cluster. Users can also create tasks on upgrade and debugging. Thus, interaction between users of the cluster and the developers is carried out quickly and efficiently.
  • In order to monitor all these data, a new service Stat-HLIT, has been developed. This web-service containes data on the cluster. Thus, web-service shows:
    • Data on user’s launched jobs;
    • Data on user’s complete jobs;
    • Monitoring of computation resources of the cluster;
    • User’s profile data;
    • User’s statistics.
  • Also, user may also want to use a developed mobile application called MobiLIT, that allows:
    • monitoring user’s jobs;
    • quick view of user’s files (*.out, *.dat, *.in or *.sh);
    • monitor the expected computation time;
    • possess full information on jobs launched on the cluster, the resources they require, etc.