European HPC Centre Tour 2016

Following the acceptance of the University of Melbourne's paper to the OpenStack Barcelona summit in late October for their new HPC-cloud hybrid system, Spartan, an opportunity presented itself to visit other HPC centres and review their architecture and training programmes.

A visit was conducted of some of Europe's major HPC centres including: Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Stuttgart, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Centre Informatique National de l’Enseignement Supérieur in Montpellier (CINES), and the Centro Nacional de Supercomputación, Barcelona - as well as the presentation to the OpenStack Summit.

Each institution received a high-level presentation from the University of Melbourne describing why and how we've implemented the Spartan HPC-Cloud hybrid, and any lessons we've learned along the way. The institutions themselves typically provided a tour of their facilities and one or more presentations from their staff.

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