Why should I care about HPC?

I just run things on my desktop machine, can't I?

Yes
  • The CPUs in a desktop are similar to those in a "supercomputer"
But
  • Do you want to run 100%-CPU jobs on your desktop machine?
  • Would you like to:
    • Run 100 or more jobs at once?
    • Run a (parallel) job on 64 or 128 CPUs/cores at once?
    • Use 144 GB RAM?
  • What happens if the cleaner unplugs your desktop 90% through a month-long computation?


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UoM and the CSF


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Basic Batch System Usage


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