The Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC) is a virtual supercomputer centre which offers super-infrastructure to its members. It is a partnership between the five Flemish university associations: the Association KU Leuven, vzm Association University Ghent, University Association Brussels, Association University & University Colleges Antwerp and the Limburg Association of Higher Education.
The Flemish Supercomputer Centre offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, consisting of clusters of compute nodes and storage. Hasselt University participates in the VSC by combining resources with those of KU Leuven. In concrete terms, this means that Hasselt University researchers have access to the infrastructure of KU Leuven and that they have a right to part of the available computing time. The big advantage of this type of infrastructure is, first of all, that more computing tasks can be executed simultaneously. In addition, every computing task can have more memory at its disposal than would be possible on a normal work station.
Hasselt University funds this computing time centrally, so as to ensure that there are no costs associated with its use for our researchers. Research projects that cooperate with partners from the private sector can also make use of the VSC. In order to do so, contact Geert Jan Bex, Hasselt University point of contact for the VSC. By submitting projects, you can also gain access to the more powerful 'Flemish supercomputer', the so-called Tier1 infrastructure.
Geert Jan Bex, a staff member with the Research Coordination Office, is a High Computing Performance (HPC) analyst / consultant. He is the point of contract for questions regarding the VSC and the use of the infrastructure. The VSC offers researchers the following options:
- Gaining access: To gain access, follow the procedure as described on the documentation page.
- Intake meetings: In order to start using the supercomputer, the first step is to correctly formulate the procedure that needs to be followed. To do so, it is useful and efficient to organise a meeting of about two hours with our HPC analyst / consultant. After that the researcher is capable of using the supercomputer.
- Programmes: there are plenty of study programmes on offer at three levels: introductory, intermediate and advanced. You can find the programmes on offer in the VSC agenda. In addition, it is possible to organise a 'tailor-made programme'.
- Consultancy: The VSC can also be called upon to efficiently compute calculations, optimise and / or parallelise code.
- Documentation: More information regarding the use of the VSC's infrastructure and software and FAQs can be found on its website.
Students can also be granted access in the context of a programme component or a Bachelor's or Master's thesis, albeit under the supervision of the lecturer or promotor concerned.
VSC and publications
When you use VSC infrastructure for a publication, you will need to include this acknowledgement.