Azzurra HPC Cluster celebrates its first year of activity

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Published on February 19, 2021 Updated on April 22, 2021

on the February 15, 2021

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the new HPC cluster, the MSI provides an update on calls for proposals and training in high performance computing

At the start of 2020, Azzurra (the Université Côte d’Azur new HPC cluster funded by the Idex UCA JEDI project), was created and then started its activities thanks to the joint efforts of MSI and DSI.

Its goal: to provide research laboratories and students across the University with a high-quality, flexible-access computing platform with high-level intensive computing possibilities (CPU and GPU) and high-performance storage.

Since last May, eighteen research projects have benefited from the cluster, for a total of 4.9 million hours of computing.

Born as part of the OPAL project led by Université Côte d'Azur, Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur and Mines ParisTech, and aimed at federating the computing resources of these four institutions through unified access, Azzurra has recently seen its computing power increased partly thanks to private donations.


How to benefit from it

Access to the cluster is free of charge for any member of Université Côte d´Azur once research projects have been approved by the Azzurra scientific committee. The call for proposals is open throughout the year. Discover here one of the projects benefiting from cluster access and technical support.

In the future, Azzurra also aims to make its resources available for academic research projects in connection with industrial partners.


Training offer

In September, the MSI will set up a two half-day doctoral-level training for first users with no previous knowledge of the cluster. Participants will learn the basics of using a computing cluster: connection (SSH, VPN), essential Linux commands, files transfer, presentation of the Slurm resource manager. Maeva Antoine, MSI engineer and Azzurra Administrator, will be in charge of this training that will be held remotely. 

For those of you who are already proficient in computer codes, advanced-level training will be offered around the following three topics: OpenMP, MPI, GPU. In order to identify your needs and keep you informed about these training programs, please enter your email address to participate in a small survey.


For further information

Please visit the MSI website for more information on the cluster, and feel free to send us your technical or scientific questions.