Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum
The VSC has developed a differentiated infrastructure (Tier-1 and Tier-2 level) that is available to the academic and business world. This section will provide an overview of the Tier-2 infrastructure available within the various Flemish universities. More information on Tier-1 can be found here. This is not always limited to the consumption of computing time and associated standard user support (including training), but occasionally also involves a more comprehensive service, such as specific software optimisation.
The VSC acknowledges that computational research increasingly requires more than computing power only. Academic and industrial researchers experience a growing demand for resources that enable data processing, easier access to that data and customized user environments.
The VSC meets these objectives by venturing into a new conceptual Tier-1 model: Supercomputing as a Service (SaaS). This model consists of different infrastructure components that together make it possible to offer an increased service level to the users of the VSC.
The VSC has developed a differentiated infrastructure that is available to the academic and business world. This section will provide an overview of the Tier-2 infrastructure available within the various Flemish universities.
Click on "detailed infrastructure" for more information on each university
The range of services that the VSC supplies are built on four pillars: consultancy, research collaboration, training and computing power.
The VSC experts analyse the specific needs and examine how supercomputing can offer added value. The VSC offers a free intake interview to ascertain which benefits HPC can offer and which services in the VSC network best satisfy these needs.
The VSC acts as HPC contact and can channel the question from a company for research collaboration (e.g., in the context of an R&D project).
Within the network, the VSC can bring the company into contact with a suitable top-level research partner in the Flemish academic landscape and act as intermediary.
The VSC regularly organises basic training events. Topics include Linux, (parallel) programming languages and paradigms, code optimization, but also application-driven training such as materials science, computational fluid dynamics etc. Customized end-user training can also be provided.
Computing time on the state-of-the-art supercomputing infrastructure is available within the VSC network. Users receive step-by-step support for starting computational tasks and a special help-desk is ready to solve user-related questions and to assist the users in the installation of specific software.