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Objectives

The thematic Iberian-American Network for High Performance Computing (RICAP) is presented to provide the region with a strategic infrastructure in the field of high performance computing from an advanced architecture that includes both High Performance Computing (HPC) and High Throughput Computing (HTC).

RICAP brings together several computer centers, various use case providers in different scientific and technological fields, one of the world's largest supercomputing companies and an experimental Latin American consortium in the field of physics.

This Thematic Network will also develop different software tools aimed at facilitating access and computational efficiency in this hardware infrastructure and will encourage its free use through different dissemination and outreach actions that are expected to attract users of the different scientific and industrial areas. With all of this, a high computing power will be made available to the community, which is a real alternative to proprietary services located outside the region.

Specific objectives include: effective interconnection of high performance open services from RICAP clusters (both supercomputing and cloud access); the implementation and subsequent promotion of software-based solutions for the access and exploitation of this network; the design and development of open source tools that will improve the computational efficiency of the infrastructure in an unattended and dynamic way, especially in an environment such as the cloud; the promotion of the transfer of knowledge and the impact of RICAP through the provision of tutorials and seminars for administrators and end users with the latest technologies in the fields of HPC and HTC; and, the collaboration with other national and regional initiatives (RedCLARA, H2020 and others).

With the achievement of these objectives, it will be possible to carry out new activities by different Latin American groups for whom it was previously very difficult to perform their work in data simulation or analytics because they lacked enough computing power.

Partners

Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas - CIEMAT (Coordinador).
   
Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación – BSC-CNS
   
Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados – CINVESTAV
   
Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnología – CeNAT-UCR 
   
Centro de Simulación Computacional – CSC-CONICET
   
Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet – CUDI
   
Fujitsu Technology Solutions
   
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS
   
Universidad Industrial de Santander - UIS
   
Latin American Giant Observatory - LAGO
   
Universidad de los Andes – Uniandes
   
Corporación Ecuatoriana para el Desarrollo de la Investigación y la Academia – CEDIA
   
Universidad de la República - Udelar

 

Supporters

Milestones

From January 2017, these are the milestones that have been identified by RICAP:

 

KPI 2017 2018 2019 2020 Total
Integrated nodes 9 9 9 9 36
Call for accessing HPC resources 1 1 2 2 6
CPU hours used (x1000) 200 200 400 400 1200
RICAP publications 2 2 3 3 10
RICAP presentations 2 2 3 3 10
External publications and presentations acknowledging RICAP 5 5 10 10 30
Groups accessing the infrastructure 5 5 10 10 30
On-site Tutorials 4 4 4 4 16
On-line tutorials 4 4 4 4 16
Training material 8 8 8 8 32
Outreach material 5 5 5 5 20

 

Also, the following deriverables will be published:

Reference Títle Delivery_month
D1 Website of the thematic network M2
D2 Definition and publication of the first call for accessing HPC resources M3
D3 Cloud infrastructure  operational M6
D4 RICAP solutions for an efficient use of computational infrastructures M12
D5 First year training and dissemination actions M12
D6 First year results of the use of the HPC & HTC infrastructure M13
D7 Publication of the second call for accessing HPC resources M15
D8 Analysis of the RICAP solutions for an efficient use of computational infrastructures M17
D9 RICAP solutions for accelerators M24
D10 Second year training and dissemination actions M24
D11 Second year results of the use of the HPC & HTC infrastructure M24
D12 Publication of the third call for accessing HPC resources M25
D13 Analysis of the RICAP solutions for accelerators M28
D14 Publication of the fourth call for accessing HPC resources M31
D15 RICAP solutions for fault tolerance in the cloud M36
D16 Third year training and dissemination actions M36
D17 Third year results of the use of the HPC & HTC infrastructure M37
D18 Publication of the fifth call for accessing HPC resources M37
D19 Analysis of the RICAP solutions for fault tolerance in the cloud M40
D20 Publication of the sixth call for accessing HPC resources M43
D21 RICAP solutions for containers M48
D22 Fourth year results of the use of the HPC & HTC infrastructure M48
D23 Fourth year training and dissemination actions M48


(M2 stands for the second month of the Project, i.e. February 2017 and so on).

Project Structure and Committees

RICAP is managed through an Executive Committee that is formed by a representative of each member group.

The Committee members are:
CIEMAT – Rafael Mayo García (Coordinador)
BSC-CNS – Ulises Cortés García
CEDIA - Claudio Chacón Arévalo
CeNAT-UCR – Álvaro de la Ossa Osegueda
CINVESTAV – Isidoro Gitler Goldwain
CSC-CONICET – Esteban Mocksos and Alejandro Soba
CUDI - Israel Novelo Zel
Fujitsu TS – Adriano Galiano Díez
UDELAR - Sergio Nesmachnow
UFRGS - Philippe O.A. Navaux
UIS – Carlos Jaime Barrios Hernández
Uniandes - Harold Castro Barrera

This Executive Committee will appoint experts to evaluate the proposals submitted to the calls for accessing the HPC resources, who will be made public jointly with the call resolution.

RICAP counts on Salma Jalife Villalón (Mexico) as CYTED supervisor.