Cibinong, BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has implemented an open research infrastructure program through the use and utilization of research facilities which support research activities. One of the research facilities owned by BRIN is the High Performance Computing (HPC) Laboratory which is managed centrally under the Deputy for Research and Innovation Infrastructure of BRIN’s Directorate of Laboratory Management, Research Facilities, and Science and Technology Area.

BRIN’s HPC Laboratory Manager, Syam Budi Iryanto explained that the HPC Laboratory Facility is a free-of-charge service to use computing resources for research purposes for the research community, students, lecturers, and other scientific communities. In addition, this service also helps start-up industries that require high computing resources, such as the rendering process for animation studios,” he said in front of a group of academics from the Informatics Study Program of the Faculty of Military Engineering (FTM), Universitas Pertahanan (Defense University,  UNHAN),” on Friday (28/01).

For scientific computing purposes, the HPC Laboratory allocates 18 nodes with 648 core processors, with a total memory of 2.3 TB for CPU workers. As for GPU workers, there are 4 nodes with large memory of 512 GB per node and the Tesla P100 GPU accelerator. In addition, there are also 2 nodes equipped with dual GPU Tesla P100 in each node.

As a manifestation of BRIN’s contribution in the start-up industry, especially the animation industry, BRIN HPC Laboratory allocates 10 CPU-based computing nodes with a total of 360 cores with the memory of 128 GB per node plus 10 GPU-based computing nodes with quad (4) GPUs in each node (a total of 40 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs). The use of facilities for commercial purposes is allowed under a certain scheme, namely through a cooperation agreement.

In addition, HPC is used for storing scientific research data, such as biodiversity data, genome sequencing data, climate data, and so forth. BRIN allocates its storage up to 2.6 PB which is distributed in 10 node storage servers. “BRIN strives to develop computing-based science services, one of which is this HPC Lab with increasing number of facilities and capacities, and endeavor to improve services,” said Syam.

On the same occasion, Marine Colonel (Ret.) Suhartotok from UNHAN thanked BRIN for welcoming UNHAN’s visit to BRIN Cibinong. “I also thank Mr. Syam for the information and knowledge shared to UNHAN. We hope that later there will be cadets from the Informatics Study Program of the Faculty of Military Engineering of UNHAN who can use the HPC Laboratory Facilities or other BRIN research facilities for study purposes,” he said.

In the discussion and question and answer session, a cadet from UNHAN asked how to utilize BRIN’s resources. Syam replied that service users do not have to come physically to BRIN because the research facilities including HPC Laboratory Facilities can be accessed by the public through BRIN’s e- Science Services (ELSA): (sl)