OCF’s enCORE service provides a highly scalable compute facility that can be accessed on a pay-as-you-go basis via the Internet. No concerns over data centre space, power, cooling, or in recruiting and retaining the skills to implement and maintain your own cluster. Simply register, log on and begin running jobs in your own secure area. The service provides access to a state-of-the-art IBM iDataPlex compute cluster with Infiniband interconnects, GPU nodes and high speed IBM storage, to deliver a truly scalable, high performance computing resource. Users will be allocated their own home area on the system and, via the scheduler, can place jobs onto the physical compute nodes of the system. Then simply monitor progress and download the results.
CASE STUDY: Menatech, a Chester-based engineering R&D consultancy specialising in the energy, environment and martime sectors, has adopted enCORE for running its OpenFOAM models.
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The enCORE service involves a small annual subscription fee, and then a cost per CPU core or GPU hour that is utilised when running jobs on the system. You can also reserve dedicated nodes for your exclusive use. A range of popular applications come as standard, but you may also upload and utilise your own software or in-house code. For users not familiar with running jobs on a HPC cluster, our team of experts, with years of experience in cluster management, Linux, high speed storage and numerous applications, is available to help you to achieve the significant business benefits that many enCORE users have already experienced.
Credit and thanks go to the Menatech Limited for modelling and simulation, the University of Chester for supplying geometry and data and Applied Computing & Engineering Limited who used FieldView from Intelligent Light for visualisation and graphics.
Delivering enormous flexibility, and ensuring that you only pay for the resources you have used, this service makes HPC computing a reality for organisations that could not find the significant investment necessary to have their own system. Alternatively, it provides established HPC users with a low cost facility to execute high priority compute jobs when existing resources are fully utilised.
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OCF is a key partner in the Hartree Centre, a major collaboration project between STFC and IBM. The Hartree Centre's core objective is to support UK businesses in harnessing the power and potential of High Performance Computing.
We are delighted with our on-going collaboration with OCF, offering access to our products as on-demand services via enCORE. We take full advantage of our open-source CFD simulation engine to utilise the HPC resources to their full extent
Francisco Campos, Operations Director