In today’s HPC landscape, efficiently using Cloud HPC resources requires a multifaceted approach. Users must identify suitable workloads for the Cloud, create tailored cloud HPC clusters, and manage these environments smartly. The 2023 EUMaster4HPC Summer School Hackathon exemplifies these challenges, offering participants hands-on experience in workload selection, cluster customization, and orchestration. This event mirrors the broader HPC landscape, preparing individuals to excel in the Cloud HPC era. As technology advances, such hackathons become pivotal in shaping high-performance computing’s future.
From July 24th to July 28th, 2023, the 1st EUMaster4HPC Summer School Hackathon unfolded at Grenoble INP – Ensimag, France. It brought together 25 talented students from across Europe. Their mission: to port the GEOSX simulation framework (a collaborative endeavor by TotalEnergies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Stanford University) onto AWS EC2 Hpc7g using Arm tools. Supported by AWS and an extensive partner network including NVIDIA, UCit, Arm, and SiPearl, this hackathon marked a significant milestone in the convergence of HPC and cloud computing. Under the banner of EUMaster4HPC, an HPC European consortium at the forefront of HPC education, this event showcased the fusion of academia and industry, demonstrating the immense potential of HPC in the cloud. With Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a key participant, this hackathon ushered in a new era of collaborative innovation. Students immersed themselves in GEOSX and benchmarking suites, culminating in presentations of their results and invaluable feedback. UCit’s HPC Cloud solutions, running on AWS, provided dedicated HPC resources for each of the five teams, while GEOSX found a new home on AWS ARM Graviton3, a testament to effective porting and the power of partnership. While challenges persisted, students’ enthusiasm and the support of AWS and its partners prevailed, making this hackathon a resounding success, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Kevin Tuil, Conrad Hillairet, Benjamin Depardon, Jorik Remy, and Francois Hamon.