(Optional extra) Bootstrapping your use of ARCHER2
OverviewTeaching: 10 min
Exercises: 50 minQuestions
How can I get started with using ARCHER?Objectives
Get help to get your work up and running on the ARCHER2 system
Now you know enough about ARCHER2 to explore how to use it for your work or to understand what its potential benefits are. You may also have ideas around where the barriers and difficulties may lie and have further questions on how you can start using and/or trying ARCHER2 for your work.
This optional session is designed to give you the opportunity to explore these questions and issues. You can attempt this session in your own time and if you have any questions you can contact the instructors via the email on the course index page.
Things you could discuss with the instructors and helpers could include:
- Your computational workflow and where ARCHER2 could help.
- How to get access to ARCHER2 for your work.
- How to get help and support to get your work running using ARCHER2. For example, software development, further training, access to local expertise.
Options for this session
There are a number of different options for practical work during this session. The challenges below include exploring your own work and an extended example using a parallel HPC application. The idea of the session is to help you bootstrap your use of ARCHER2 and this will differ from individual to individual!
Exploring your work using ARCHER2
If you have a practical example of something from your area of work that you would like help with getting up and running on an ARCHER2 or exploring the performance of on ARCHER2, this is great! Please feel free to discuss this with us and ask questions (both technical and non-technical).
Exploring the performance of GROMACS
GROMACS is a world-leading biomolecular modelling package that is heavily used on HPC systems around the world. Choosing the best resources for GROMACS calculations is non-trivial as it depends on may factors, including:
- The underlying hardware of the HPC system being used.
- The actual system being modelled by the GROMACS package.
- The balance of processes to threads used for the parallel calculation.
In this exercise, you should try and decide on a good choice of resources and settings on ARCHER2 for a typical biomolecular system. This will involve:
- Downloading the input file for GROMACS
- Writing a job submission script to run GROMACS on ARCHER2 using the system documentation.
- Varying the number of nodes (from 1 to 16 nodes is a good starting point) used for the GROMACS job and benchmarking the performance (in ns/day).
- Using the results from this study to propose a good resource choice for this GROMACS calculation.
If you want to explore further than this initial task then there are a number of different interesting ways to do this. For example:
- Vary the number of threads used per process.
- Reduce the number of cores used per node.
- Allow the calculation to use Symmetric Mutithreading (SMT).
Please ask for more information on these options from a helper!
Understand the next steps for you in using ARCHER2.