Commit 6ab30a89 authored by Laurence Horrocks-Barlow (Admin)'s avatar Laurence Horrocks-Barlow (Admin)
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# covid19-fah
The COVID-19 pandemic is placing all aspects of global society in unchartered territory and many aspects of day to day life have been put on hold. The latest measures being implemented by governments place further restrictions on how we can live our lives and make normality seem more distant. Science is at the forefront of understanding the disease and how we can counter its effects. HPC is one of the most powerful tools we have in the fight against disease and can give us a detailed insight into the building blocks of diseases.
As a high-performance systems integrator OCF help facilitate vital research at many organisations across the UK through hardware and software solutions. There is an opportunity for existing OCF customers and anyone with an x86 Slurm cluster to get involved. We are encouraging the usage of any spare capacity in existing solutions to be donated to the COVID-19 sequencing effort through Folding@Home. Spare capacity can be utilised when your users are not using all resources and your donation of clock cycles does not need to impact on any work you are currently using your solution for. GPU capacity is the most sought after at this time, but all donated resources help.
See Folding@Home for more -
**How can I contribute?**
If you have a x86 solution using Slurm this can be configured with low priority partitions to not impact any existing workflows and still use capacity. There is a single partition to setup for CPU only solutions and another for GPU based jobs. To run GPU jobs a CUDA installation must be present either installed directly on each system running the client or as a loadable module.
Please note, the following instructions are given to help get your cluster folding as soon as possible. All software is public domain and OCF own no intellectual property associated with mentioned software. All modifications made to production clusters are done at your own risk and OCF accept no responsibility for misconfiguration.
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