WHAT IS HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING?

High performance computing refers to having a very high computational capacity when compared to a regular computer. This is achieved by combining the power of many computers into one supercomputer or computer cluster. It thus allows computations that would otherwise take hundreds of hours to be completed in a small fraction of that time. High performance computing has applications in any field that requires heavy calculations: from finance to genomics, to physical and applied sciences and even to animation and rendering.
 

HOW DOES HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING WORK AT ANKABUT?

Performance of a HPC system is measured in floating-point operations per second, abbreviated to FLOPS. The optimal HPC system needs to operate in a low-latency, high bandwidth network in order to efficiently connect multiple nodes and clusters. The powerful and reliable Ankabut network thus makes for an ideal high performance computing environment. Researchers and institutions using our HPC system can rest assured that they are using the latest cutting edge technology with the Ankabut HPC. Our cluster computing technology offers unparalleled computational speed and performance.

The Ankabut HPC consists of 48 MB of RAM and 64 cores (based on Intel Sandy Bridge 16 Cores/node). A complex calculation that normally requires 500 hours of processor time can be done by our HPC in 500/64 =7.8125 hours.
 

WHAT VALUE DOES THIS SERVICE ADD TO ANKABUT MEMBERS?

The primary advantage of a high performance computer is speed. Complex calculations are completed in a fraction of the time needed by a traditional PC. This gives institutions and research centres a competitive edge in quantitative research given the increased computational speed and performance. The ability to process large amounts of data in a short time frame provides researches with more time and flexibility for their research activities.

Any member institution in the UAE can avail themselves of our high performance computing environment without incurring any capital costs, due to Ankabut’s initial capital investment into the HPC infrastructure. From their own personal computer, a researcher can be given access to the Ankabut HPC, giving them a powerful computational capacity at no cost. The Ankabut team can make our HPC system to any interested party in a very short time frame. There is no lengthy application process or any complex installations required.

Furthermore, Ankabut is able to provide hands-on training to our HPC users from highly-qualified HPC experts at a very competitive price point.


How Can an Institution request this Service?

  • For ANKABUT MEMBERS
    If your institution already has access to Reach, our ServiceDesk, please submit a request for High Performance Computing (HPC) service in the self-service section under the “ Request a New Service ” category. CLICK HERE to access reach.

    If your institution does not have an Ankabut Reach account, please CLICK HERE to request Ankabut Service Request. A member of our IT Services team will coordinate with the relevant technical department at Ankabut and will get in touch with you within 2 business days.

  • For NON-MEMBERS
    Only Ankabut member institutions are eligible for this service. To inquire about the many benefits of Ankabut membership, please CLICK HERE to reach a member of our team.