Fenix at SC20: Virtual booth, workshop, video and more!

20 Nov 2020

We were glad to join the SC20 community this year, the first time that the leading global supercomputing event was held in a digital format. Fenix was there as part of the activities of the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), which included workshops and a virtual booth with several material.

They key annual conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis took place online on 9-19 November 2020 and hosted a full programme of tutorials, workshops, plenary sessions, posters and a virtual exhibition forum of over 280 exhibitors.

JSC with its partners ParTec and the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) presented their activities at a virtual booth under the topic "Modular Supercomputing Architecture". One of the main focuses of the booth was computing infrastructures in which JSC plays an important role.

In this vein, the Fenix research infrastructure was showcased as one of the two infrastructures driven by the Human Brain Project (HBP), along with EBRAINS, to which Fenix provides the underlying e-infrastructure services. Visitors had the opportunity to download the ICEI-Fenix flyer and watch the dedicated HBP-Fenix video in a realistic digital environment (see below).

In addition, SC20 attendees were invited to our workshop "Archival Data Repository Services to Enable HPC and Cloud Workflows in a Federated Research e-Infrastructure" on Wednesday 11 November, presented by Dirk Pleiter (JSC) and Sadaf Alam (CSCS). This workshop was part of the session “SuperCompCloud: 3rd International Workshop on Interoperability of Supercomputing and Cloud Technologies”.

The speakers gave an overview of the architecture of the Fenix infrastructure and talked about its use for representative workflows from HBP, the concept of the archival data repository, and the challenges faced when integrating the different services at HPC data centres. Find their presentation slides here.

Watch the HPB-Fenix video below:

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Fenix has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through the ICEI project under the grant agreement No. 800858.