A recent article written by Rachel Fielding in www.publictechnology.net outlines some of the supercomputing work being performed at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. Of course, like other users of high performance computing (HPC) systems, scientists are now more capable of utilizing massive amounts of data in their quest to better understand the universe.

After investing in their HPC cluster to build out the university’s HPC system, senior specialist technician Gary Burton offered three tips of so-called best practices to other users at institutions of higher education.

Below is a brief summary of these tips:

  1. Tapping into Open Source software whenever possible to keep costs down;
  2. Monitor system usage trends and be prepared to implement a system of permissions and rules for usage; and
  3. Have one point of contact that understands your HPC environment and can solve problems quickly.

You can read the full article here: Best Practice: 3 tips for High Performance Computer success at your University.