To steer future directions for the high-performance computing (HPC) research infrastructure, a HPC user council has been setup. This council will advise and decide on how to proceed, given the financial budget and project plan set forth by the research ICT steering committee and the functional requirements HPC. Within the HPC user council, two types of members exist, contributing members and advisory members.

Contributing members are members that have invested financial resources into the HPC research infrastructure and therefore have a vote in deciding on proposals put forward by the working team HPC. Each individual research group that has invested either in HPC compute nodes or HPC storage is represented by one contributing member. Advisory members have a more advisory role and can suggest future directions, give technical input and assist the working team HPC if required, but do not have a vote when deciding on proposals.

The working team HPC will prepare proposals for the implementation, continuation and development of the HPC research infrastructure, based on the wishes put forward by the contributing members and taking into account the input from the advisory members. The working team HPC also has a vote in deciding on proposals. Proposals will be discussed and decided on during HPC user council meetings, which will take place approximately every two months.

When deciding on proposals, a consensus decision amongst the contributing members and the working team HPC must be reached. Amendments to the functional requirements HPC can be proposed by contributing members to the working team HPC, after which they will be discussed in the next user council meeting and if a consensus is reached, the functional requirements HPC will be changed accordingly. A consensus is reached if two-thirds of the contributing members and the working team HPC agree.

If a consensus decision between the contributing members of the HPC user council and working team HPC cannot be reached, the proposal will be forwarded to the research ICT steering committee, who will then decide on how to proceed.

Contributing members

  • Jan Veldink, Division Brains
  • Paul de Bakker, Division Biomedical Genetics
  • Edwin Cuppen, Division Biomedical Genetics
  • Frank Holstege, Division Biomedical Genetics
  • Erik Koffijberg, Julius Center
  • Rene Eijkemans, Julius Center
  • Patrick Kemmeren, working team HPC

-- PatrickKemmeren - 01 Mar 2013

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