Scope

The objective of Computational Simulation Centre (CSC) is to provide and exploit a supercomputer for large scale simulation activities to analyse experimental data on fusion plasmas, prepare scenarios for ITER operation, predict the performance of ITER facilities, and contribute to DEMO design physics basis and BA activities.

Schedule

To effectively coordinate the activity, it is broken down into two phases, followed by a dismantling: 

 Phase One: Computer Selection and Procurement Phase (Jul. 2007 – Dec. 2011).
 Phase Two: Computer Operation Phase (Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2016).
 Decommission: Dismantling of computer equipment (beginning of 2017).

Phase One :

The goal of Phase One is to set up the supercomputer and the associated peripheral equipment (including a data storage system and a visualisation system) in the CSC&REC Building located in the Rokkasho BA site and to commission the equipment in order to get ready to start Phase Two (operation).

It is important to involve early in the process the fusion community, in order to ensure that the appropriate codes are developed for the simulation and modelling of ITER, of the other fusion experiments, and for the design of DEMO and future fusion power plants.

To take into account the needs of the users, Special Working Group (SWG-1) was set up to recommend target technical specifications for the IT equipment and associated services.

The SWG-1 started in 2008 with the missions of defining the areas of applications, drawing up the actual minimum expected performance, assisting the procuring Implementing Agency (IA) in a market research, selecting benchmark codes, assessing the performance of the benchmark codes on candidate High Performance Computing (HPC) systems, reviewing the technical specifications for the HPC formulated by the procuring IA, defining user requirements for maintenance, operation and technical support, and monitoring the acceptance tests and the early operating phase of the HPC system. In 2012, considering the usefulness of the contributions of SWG-1 during the early operation phase, it was proposed to extend the mission of SWG1 to continue to represent the needs of the users of CSC in the EU and JA fusion communities.

The Procurement Arrangement for the supply of a supercomputer and peripheral equipment was signed in 2010, and the contracts for the supply of the equipment, and operation and maintenance were signed in March 2011. Other Procurement Arrangements were signed to take care of the various interfaces. The main task of the EU-IA is to procure the supercomputer, the peripheral equipment and the operation and maintenance associated services. The main task of JA-IA is to prepare interfaces for the installation of the equipment and to contribute to the seamless integration of the IT equipment and services in the International Fusion Energy Research Centre, in particular by providing support for the interface with the users. For this purpose, the two agencies have conducted intensive preparation work.

In order to prepare the operation phase, the second Special Working Group (SWG-2) established in 2011 the project selection procedures, user utilisation rules, and the role of Standing Committee to preside the process. The Standing Committee was established accordingly in 2011. Its role includes promoting the lighthouse projects, making calls for proposals, selecting the projects from the proposals by the peer review, allocating the computational resources to the selected projects, evaluating the performed projects, making a written summary report of the call, and encouraging the dissemination of results.

Fusion for Energy took ownership of the super computer systems upon the completion of the "Ready to run acceptance tests" in December 2011 as defined in the Procurement Plan of Procurement Arrangement for the supply of the supercomputer and peripheral equipment for the IFERC project (CSC sub project). The supercomputer is named Helios and it has a peak performance of more than 1.5 Petaflop/s.

Phase Two :

The "ready to run" acceptance of Helios marked the end of Phase One and the beginning of phase Two.

The goal of Phase Two is the effective operation of Helios and its sharing by the users. Phase Two started on schedule in January 2012.

In the first quarter of 2012, the operation of Helios has been dedicated to four "lighthouse projects". Since then and until the end of 2016, Helios is running in normal operation as defined by SWG-2. In 2013, under the agreement of SWG-1, an increase of the memory capacity of the login nodes and various small enhancements have taken place to improve the operation of Helios.

In the first quarter of 2014, new nodes containing Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors were installed, increasing the total computing capacity by more than 200 Teraflop/s peak. Another upgrade was done in the first quarter of 2016 with additional nodes equipped with NVidia K80 GPU (35 Teraflop/s peak in total). The purpose of these two complementary upgrades is to help the fusion community to prepare for the next generation of supercomputers. These two enhancements are under the management of both IAs.

The dismantling of Helios is planned for the 1st semester of 2017.

Major Milestones for CSC Coordination

Major milestones Planned date Completed date
Completion of CSC set-up December 2011 December 2011
End of operation December 2016  
Final report on operation and support May 2017  
Final report on simulation projects May 2017  

Structure

The CSC supercomputer system is operated by an integrated project team composed of European and Japanese teams. The HPC support team from the European side is in charge of day-to-day operation, maintenance, system administration, and so on, and the CSC support team from the Japanese side is in charge of helpdesk support services for end-users. The CSC management team from both sides manages them.

Activities

Operations

The Helios supercomputer has finished its operation in December 2016.

Deadline for Project Report for the 5th CSC Cycle

Deadline: 31 January 2017

Deadline for Project Report for the 4th CSC Cycle

Deadline: 29 January 2016

Helios Expanded with new cluster

Additional nodes equipped with NVidia K80 GPU have been installed.

The 5th CSC Project Cycle is in progress

Start Date: 17 November 2015
End Date: 27 December 2016

Deadline for Project Report for the 3rd CSC Cycle

Deadline: 31 January 2015

The 4th CSC Project Cycle has Started

Start Date: 2 December 2014
End Date: 17 November 2015

The HELIOS supercomputer ranked as #38

The HELIOS supercomputer system at IFERC-CSC has been ranked as #38 with 1.237 Peta Flop/s (more than one thousand trillion calculations per second) in the most recent world's TOP500 list [http://www.top500.org/lists/2014/11].

Upgrade to Intel Xeon Phi Native Mode Operation

The operation of Intel Xeon Phi native mode began concurrently with the beginning of the 4th CSC project cycle. With 180 MIC nodes, each comprising two Intel Sandy Bridge processors and two Intel Xeon Phi co-processors, a total of 24480 cores (21600 of them on the co-processors) is available for accelerating applications.

HELIOS Expanded with New Computer Racks

An additional rack was installed and new nodes were added to the production. With the enhancement, a total of 4500 nodes (72000 cores) is available for use.


Deadline for Call for Proposals for the 4th Cycle from
December 2014 to November 2015

Deadline: 30 July 2014

* We have closed the call for proposals for the use of the Helios supercomputer in the 4th cycle. Thank you to all those who submitted proposals.

Reports of the previous calls (1st - 3rd) are available here:

Report of Standing Committee on the 3rd Call [PDF: 175KB]
Report of Standing Committee on the 2nd Call [PDF: 131KB]
Report of Standing Committee on the 1st Call [PDF: 130KB]

Meetings

CSC Standing Committee Meetings

The 9th CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Garching)
- Reviewing and evaluation of the project reports for the CSC cycle IV (December 2014 -November 2015)
23 February 2016
The 8th CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Kyoto)
- The project selection and the resource allocation for the CSC project cycle V (November 2015 -December 2016)
14-15 October 2015
The 7th CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Garching)
- Reviewing and evaluation of the project reports for the CSC cycle III (November 2013 –November 2014)
25 February 2015
The 6th CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Garching)
- The project selection and the resource allocation for the CSC project cycle IV (December 2014 -November 2015)
9 -10 October 2014
The 5th CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona)
- Reviewing and evaluation of the project reports for the CSC cycle II (November 2012 -November 2013)
24 Februray 2014
The 4th CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona)
- The project selection and the resource allocation for the CSC project cycle III (November 2013 –November 2014)
9 October 2013
The 3rd CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona)
- Reviewing and evaluation of the project reports for the CSC cycle I (April 2012 –November 2012)
21 February 2013
The 2nd CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona)
- The project selection and the resource allocation for the CSC project cycle II (November 2012 –November 2013)
25 -26 September 2012
The 1st CSC Standing Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona)
- The project selection and the resource allocation for the CSC project cycle I (April 2012 –November 2012)
20 -21 February 2012

 

CSC Security Meetings

The 13th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 23 February 2015
The 12th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 21 October 2014
The 11th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 10 June 2014
The 10th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 13 March 2014
The 9th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 12 December 2013
The 8th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 12 September 2013
The 7th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 6 June 2013
The 6th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 6 March 2013
The 5th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 4 December 2012
The 4th CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 10 September 2012
The 3rd CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 22 March 2012
The 2nd CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 12 March 2012
The 1st CSC Information Security Committee Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) 2 March 2012

 

CSC Technical Meetings

The 52nd CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho- Barcelona-Saclay) 18 December 2015
The 51st CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho- Barcelona-Saclay) 4 December 2015
The 50th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho- Barcelona-Saclay) 27 November 2015
The 49th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho- Barcelona-Saclay) 26 October 2015
The 48th CSC Technical Meeting (Barcelona) 6-7 Octover 2015
The 47th CSC Technical Meeting (Barcelona) 7 July 2015
The 46th CSC Technical Meeting (Naka) 9 March 2015
The 45th CSC Technical Meeting (Tokyo) 29 -30 January 2015
The 44th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 2 October 2014
The 43rd CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 9 -11 July 2014
The 42nd CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 15 -16 June 2014
The 41st CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 24 March 2014
The 40th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 30 January 2014
The 39th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 10 January 2014
The 38th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 9 December 2013
The 37th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 18 October 2013
The 36th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 9 -10 July 2013
The 35th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho) 26 March 2013
The 34th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho) 23 January 2013
The 33rd CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho, Barcelona) 31 October 2012
The 32nd CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho, Barcelona) 3 October 2012
The 31st CSC Technical Meeting (Barcelona, Rokkasho) 26 September 2012
The 30th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho, Barcelona, Garching) 9 -10 July 2012
The 29th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho) 20 March 2012
The 27th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkaho) 14-15 November 2011
The 26th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkaho) 27-29 September 2011
The 25th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkaho) 31 August -1 September 2011
The 24th CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkaho) 4 -5 July 2011
The 23rd CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkaho) 17 -19 May 2011
The 22nd CSC Technical Meeting (Naka-Barcelona-CEA) 27 April 2011
The 21st CSC Technical Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) 16 March 2011
The 20th CSC Technical Meeting (Barcelona) 8 February 2011

 

Regular Meetings

CSC Daily Site Meeting (Rokkasho) Every working day
Coordination Meeting (Rokkasho) Once per week
Management Meeting (Rokkasho–Barcelona–Saclay-Garching) Once per month
CSC European Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona-Saclay-Garching) Once per month
CSC Progress Report Meeting (Rokkasho-Barcelona) Once a quarter

Achievements

This page chronologically lists publications that Helios users produced as a result of using the CSC facility. Reported publications are classified in 9 categories:
   Linear, non linear and/or extended MHD
   Fast particle physics
   Plasma turbulence and related transport processes
   Edge physics
   Heating and current drive
   Integrated modeling
   Reactor materials
   Reactor technology
   Computational science

★ 2016


★ 2015


★ 2014


★ 2013


★ 2012



 

Systems


System Specifications



Processor Specifications



Network and Storage Infrastructure



For Users


Announcement


Retirement of Helios

4 January 2017

The Helios supercomputer has finished its operation in December 2016. We sincerely appreciate your continued support for the CSC project over the past five years.

Application Closed

31 July 2015

We closed applications for the 5th cycle on 30th July 2015. Thank you very much for everyone who submitted the application forms.

Call for Applications for 5th Project Cycle

We have now closed applications.

17 June 2015

CSC has opened a call for proposals for the 5th project cycle, which will start in November 2015.
If you are interested in using the IFERC CSC supercomputer, please submit the application form by following the instructions below. The deadline of receiving the application forms is 30th July 2015.

Instruction

1. Read the Call for Proposals (no longer available)
2. Download the HPC Application Form (no longer available)
3. Fill in all application information
4. Email the HPC Application Form to CSC Suport Team

* After receiving your proposal, we will send the confirmation within 3 working days. If you do not receive our reply by then, please contact us again.

Next Steps...

5. Fill out Export Control Form, which will be emailed by the support team
6. Your proposal will be peer-reviewed by referees.
7. The support team will send you the result of reviewing by the end of October.

Events


User Training Sessions in 2016 < Introduction to GPGPU cluster >

Date & Location:

February 3-4 in Rokkasho (Japan),
February 16-17 in Garching (Germany)

Programme:

The session took place in order to help users familiarize with the GPGPU cluster (SOL), which was newly installed on Helios in January 2016 and has been in production since 1st February. It was presented to Helios users by Christophe Berthelot from Atos. The main focuses were on the new workflow of the SOL partition from both the hardware and the software points of view, and on OpenACC including its architecture, profiling, and debugging.

3 Feb 2016 Session at IFERC site, Rokkasho 16 Feb 2016 Session at IPP, Garching

Impression:

The session was designed to let participants acquire basic syntax of the GPU programming, the way to use profiling tools, and optimization techniques in the course of learning the acceleration procedure.
Seven users attended the session in Rokkasho, and nine users attended the session in Garching. Participants were highly motivated. One of them commented that it was a good opportunity not only to grasp the basics of the GPU programming but also to learn the recent development status of OpenACC.

Webinar : Introduction to Intel Advisor

Speaker: Christophe Berthelot, Atos
Date: Thursday 22 October 2015
Start time: 9:00 (CEST)/ 16:00 (JST)

Webinar : "I/O on Xeon Phi"

Title: Introduction for Parallel I/O with Intel Xeon Phi
Speaker: Christophe Berthelot, Atos
Date: Wednesday 9 September 2015
Start time: 9:00 (CEST)/ 16:00 (JST)

Contact us

We can be reached

At Rokkasho-site:

International Fusion Energy Research Centre (IFERC)
Computational Simulation Centre (CSC)
2-166 Oaza-Obuchi-Aza-Omotedate
Rokkasho-mura, Kamikita-gun, Aomori 039-3212
Japan

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