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The Influence of CyberInfrastructure on Scientific Computing at NMSU
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TimeTuesday, July 246:30pm - 8:30pm
DescriptionHigh Performance Computing (HPC) systems are resources utilized for data capture, sharing, and analysis. However, researchers may not be aware they have access to an HPC cluster, are not aware of the benefits the HPC system could provide, or do not feel proficient enough to use such a powerful system. Consequently, scientists solve technical challenges they encounter on their own, often on their desktops, and become hindered in their research. The grant-funded and campus-supported Cyber Infrastructure Architect (CIA) team was created to facilitate the interactions of researchers and computational resources at New Mexico State University (NMSU).

The purpose of this project is to figure out the CIA team’s influence in linking NMSU researchers with available HPC resources since the team’s activities began in August 2016. Therefore, our team analyzed the data (e.g., core-hour usage, number of HPC users, and job success rate) of our NMSU HPC cluster, “Joker.” We found that Joker has reached approximately 4.25 million core-hours usage since it was acquired in August 2015; 86% of these were used since activities of the CIA team began. Moreover, we’ve seen an 8x increase in HPC users and an average increase of 3.6x in core-hour usage. Our analysis indicates that the CIA team has made strides in increasing the visibility of HPC resources available and in advancing general HPC knowledge at NMSU.