[Beowulf] Definition of HPC

Nicholas M Glykos glykos at mbg.duth.gr
Thu Apr 18 09:57:49 PDT 2013




> > In the same way you wouldn't allow a general
> > user to override the safety interlocks of an X-ray generator, you
> > shouldn't allow root access to the general users of a shared computing
> > facility.
> 
> Please describe what the grad student who pioneers new tech for X-ray
> generators should do, particularly if they are trying to develop new safety
> interlocks.

They work on their supervisor's own X-ray generator at the basement of 
their department under strict supervision. And not at a synchrotron site 
with 40 people doing their own experiments.



> There needs to be, at the very least, a testbed in universities where students
> can receive and be able to use root on a limited set of machines.

Fully agree. Students should be able to play and break things, but with 
their group's toy cluster, and not the central cluster of their 
university.




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     and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace, University Campus,
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