21 Jun 2013

HPC deployed at Griffith University in Australia

Griffith Centre for Coastal Management has implemented MIKE by DHI software on their High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

Griffith University is regarded as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The HPC installation is a part of a two-year research project supported by DHI entitled ‘Coastal and Emergency Management Decision Support System’. The project is an initiative of the Queensland State Government to improve decision making tools in the event of storm surge due to tropical cyclones for the purposes of emergency management.
Real-time storm surge inundation forecasting 
The project aims to test the capability of real-time storm surge inundation forecasting for Queensland. It will also produce appropriate storm surge hazard communication and educational materials for emergency managers at a state and local level. The project deliverable includes the design of a real-time storm surge forecast model of the east coast of Queensland using MIKE by DHI software as well as a set of probabilistic inundation maps to be produced via a large set of simulations.

We support the project by:
  • providing MIKE by DHI software
  • installing and implementing the software as a LINUX platform at Griffith University’s HPC facilities
  • providing technical project support
The deployment of the MIKE by DHI software onto the Griffith University’s Gowonda HPC cluster began with a two weeks onsite visit by one of our employees. Since then, we have provided on-going support regarding efficient use of the MIKE by DHI software on the HPC cluster. Preliminary benchmarks show that the performance of the MIKE by DHI software on the production live Gowonda HPC cluster is comparable to the performance documented by in-house testing.

 

Tidal flow through the southern Great Barrier Reef, as demonstrated by the Qld CEM-DSS oceanographic model built in MIKE 21. © Image: Dr. Andrew Symonds, Senior Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

About Griffith University’s Gowonda HPC cluster 

The Gowonda HPC cluster contains 372 cores. The cores are housed in a mixture of SGI Altix XE and SGI® Rackable™ C2114-4TY14 servers using Intel Xeon CPU X5650 processor (2.67GHz) connected with QDR 4x InfiniBand Interconnect.

About HPC 

We introduced High Performance Computing with Release 2012. HPC provides access to high performance versions of the FM series and enables larger simulations and much faster than before. For more information about HPC, please see our software catalogue 2012-13 or contact mikebydhi@dhigroup.com.

Tidal flow through the southern Great Barrier Reef, as demonstrated by the Qld CEM-DSS oceanographic model built in MIKE 21. © Image: Dr. Andrew Symonds, Senior Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

Tidal flow through the southern Great Barrier Reef, as demonstrated by the Qld CEM-DSS oceanographic model built in MIKE 21. © Image: Dr. Andrew Symonds, Senior Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

Tidal flow through the southern Great Barrier Reef, as demonstrated by the Qld CEM-DSS oceanographic model built in MIKE 21. © Image: Dr. Andrew Symonds, Senior Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

Tidal flow through the southern Great Barrier Reef, as demonstrated by the Qld CEM-DSS oceanographic model built in MIKE 21. © Image: Dr. Andrew Symonds, Senior Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.