Computing cluster serves more than quadrupled load

Computing power provided by the in-house Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Condor cluster more than quadrupled as compared to 2013 and reached an equivalent of 21 core-years in 2014.

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Historical records of the served core-hours in the past four years clearly show the exponential grow. All the models used by ESM models, which are heavy on computations (EPIC, G4M, GLOBIOM), are now running on the cluster.

The Condor cluster is formed by staff desktop machines in the program and utilizes their idle time—nights, lunch breaks—to provide computing power. It lowers the load coming from ESM to the IIASA-wide Volga cluster.

Figure 1. Core hours served by ESM cluster by year (click on image to enlarge).

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Last edited: 21 April 2015


Nikolay Khabarov

Research Scholar Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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