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Should EGI provide GPUs for scientific computing? If so, how?

GPU based computing is definitely gaining momentum in the scientific worlds, so the EGI-InSPIRE project setup a 'Virtual Team' to map out needs and requirements in scientific communities for accessing GPUs through grids or clouds.

Should EGI provide GPUs for scientific computing? If so, how?

The GPGPU Virtual Team opened two surveys - one for scientific communities, another one for resource administrators. The first survey is relevant to the WeNMR users:

The purpose of the scientific communities survey is to gauge how the users currently use, or intend to use, GPUs or other accelerated devices in a distributed environment such as grids or clouds, or whether they shall use grid/cloud resources at all for this purpose. In particular, the GPGPU Virtual Team would like to determine if there is a specific need from European research collaborations and their partners beyond Europe for a more tightly integrated GPGPU capability within the European Grid Infrastructure (www.egi.eu) or its Federated Cloud platform (go.egi.eu/cloud).

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GPGPU_User_Community and the deadline to answer is the 13th of September. Information collected through the survey will be aggregated with information from other sites, and will be used by the EGI Operations teams to define a technical roadmap on integrating GPGPU capabilities into the production infrastructure.

Further information about the two surveys is available in this blog post: http://www.egi.eu/blog/2012/08/02/mapping_out_needs_and_requirements_for_gpu_based_computing_in_the_european_grid.html.

Cite WeNMR/WestLife

Usage of the WeNMR/WestLife portals should be acknowledged in any publication:
"The FP7 WeNMR (project# 261572) and H2020 West-Life (project# 675858) European e-Infrastructure projects are acknowledged for the use of their web portals, which make use of the EGI infrastructure and DIRAC4EGI service with the dedicated support of CESNET-MetaCloud, INFN-PADOVA, NCG-INGRID-PT, RAL-LCG2, TW-NCHC, SURFsara and NIKHEF, and the additional support of the national GRID Initiatives of Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, South Africa, Malaysia, Taiwan and the US Open Science Grid."
And the following article describing the WeNMR portals should be cited:
Wassenaar et al. (2012). WeNMR: Structural Biology on the Grid.J. Grid. Comp., 10:743-767.


The WeNMR Virtual Research Community has been the first to be officially recognized by the EGI.

European Union

WeNMR is an e-Infrastructure project funded under the 7th framework of the EU. Contract no. 261572

WestLife, the follow up project of WeNMR is a Virtual Research Environment e-Infrastructure project funded under Horizon 2020. Contract no. 675858