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DAS-4: The Distributed ASCI Supercomputer 4

General Information

For the tutorials, and the accompanying hands-on sessions, a state-of-the-art and real-world distributed, heterogeneous, and hierarchical hardware platform is available for all Spring School participants: DAS-4 (The Distributed ASCI Supercomputer 4).

DAS-4 is a six-cluster wide-area distributed system designed by the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging (ASCI). DAS-4 is funded by NWO/NCF (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), and maintained by (and located at) the following participating universities and organizations: As some of its distinguishing features, DAS-4 employs a number of HPC accelerators (e.g., various GPU types; FPGA's are also planned) and a novel internal wide-area interconnect based on light paths, called StarPlane. As such, DAS-4 constitutes a true 'ComplexHPC System', and serves as a perfect testbed for controlled and reproducible experiments.

DAS-4 Accounts for ComplexHPC Spring School Participants

Once you are properly registered as a Spring School participant, you will be granted access to the DAS-4 system - at least for the duration of the Spring School. As such, you will be given the opportunity (and even be strongly encouraged) to try the presented tools and systems yourself on this state-of-the-art and real-world ComplexHPC system.