Advanced Computing

The Advanced Computing Platform(ACP) research infrastructure was established in Monash University Malaysia to support research, providing powerful computing services that can minimise the duration of computing jobs.

It is composed of one master node (2×8 Core E5-2650 v2, 48 GB Memory), twelve compute nodes (2×8 Core E5-2650 v2, 256GB Memory), a single GPU nodes (2x16 core E5-2683 v4, 128GB Memory, 2 x Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU card) with a total of 224 processor cores, and is efficiently coupled with a disk storage system of 115 TB in capacity.

The infrastructure aims to support multidisciplinary research in natural and social sciences such as business, medicine, pharmacy, information technology and engineering.

It is currently used for research in the following fields (but not limited to) of study: computer vision, image processing, optical network, machine learning, pattern recognition, combustion, turbulent flow, nanomaterial, genome analysis, and disease association studies.

A new infrastructure, Unified Research Computing (URC), was introduced in 2018 to compliment the ACP. The URC is a more high end virtualised workstation that is used by researchers within the campus.

Advanced Computing Platform (ACP)

When you register an ACP account, here’s what you may want to know:

1. How to login and what are the best ways to access the host remotely?

2. How to transfer files between the host and your PC or to another Unix system in your lab?

3. After you login to one of the hosts, which directories can you use to run your jobs?

4. What are the batch LSF queues for running long hours computing jobs?

This introductory guide answers the above questions. Together with the relevant links provided, we hope to help you get started smoothly.

At ACP, all systems are managed by LSF (load sharing facility). With the LSF commands, you can submit your jobs to different hosts with different features, capabilities and limitations. You can monitor your jobs while they are running or check the load and status of each host to choose your submission queues and hosts. Therefore, before you start your work, do check the User Guide in ACP home page or read the man pages (type man followed by the command) for different commands to familiarise yourself with the LSF commands, queues and hosts used in the LSF environment. The recommendation is to submit all compute intensive jobs as batch jobs through the LSF.

Some users may be new to the Linux operating system. A list of the Linux commands are available here for your reference.

Unified Research Computing (URC)

Unified Research Computing is a new infrastructure that has been introduced to assist researchers in more interactive ways. This infrastructure is based on the virtualisation technology using Nutanix. The aim of this infrastructure is to provide easy access to researchers.

For more details on what these services offer in comparison to the ACP, please view the documentation here.

Research & HPC Enquiries

A/Prof Edwin Tan Chee Pin
HPC Director
Email: tan.chee.pin@monash.edu

Wan Mohd Azreen Research IT Operations Lead
Email: wan.mohd.azreen@monash.edu
Tel: +603 5515 9770

ITS Administration Office, Building 9, Level 5

The APC and URC server is located within ITS Data Center in Building 9, Level 5