ThinLinc Webinar - Robert Henschel, Indiana University

Indiana University (IU) started investigating desktop access for HPC systems back in 2015, and since then have been very successful in both increasing the total number of HPC users, and improving satisfaction amongst existing users. In this presentation, Robert Henschel explains how HPC is used at IU, and describes the “Research Desktop” (RED) used to access these systems.

  • Who: Robert Henschel, Director of Research Software and Solutions, IU
  • When: Thursday June 4th 2020
  • Abstract: Indiana University has long provided high performance computing (HPC) resources free of charge to all students, faculty and staff. This has allowed research teams from very diverse science disciplines to explore high performance computing. Over the last 5 years, we noticed that new users struggle more and more with adopting the traditional way of using HPC systems; console-based remote batch processing. To address this challenge, Indiana University has created the Research Desktop (RED); a remote Linux desktop offering which bridges the gap between running interactive graphical applications, and utilising HPC systems. In this talk, Robert Henschel will outline the history of RED, its design considerations, utilisation statistics, and future plans.
  • Robert Henschel is Director of Research Software and Solutions at Indiana University. Henschel serves as the chair of the Standard Performance Evaltuation Corporation (SPEC), and also as the treasurer of the OpenACC organisation.