CENTER FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT COMPUTING
The Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC), established in 2006, aims to bring the power of High Throughput Computing to all fields of research, and to allow the future of HTC to be shaped by insight from all fields.
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High Throughput Computing is a collection of principles and techniques which maximize the effective throughput of computing resources towards a given problem. When applied for scientific computing, HTC can result in improved use of a computing resource, improved automation, and help drive the scientific problem forward.
The team at CHTC develops technologies and services for HTC. CHTC is the home of the HTCondor Software Suite which has over 30 years of experience in tackling HTC problems; it manages shared computing resources for researchers on the UW-Madison campus; and it leads the OSG Consortium, a national-scale environment for distributed HTC.
Solving for the future: Investment, new coalition levels up research computing infrastructure at UW–Madison
Summary of Corissa Runde's article from the UW-Madison Department of Information Technology website.
Thanks to the generous support of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, CHTC has been able to execute a major refresh of hardware. This provided 207 new servers for our systems, representing over 40,000 batch slots of computing capacity.
LIGO's Search for Gravitational Waves Signals Using HTCondor
Cody Messick, a Postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working for the LIGO lab, describes LIGO's use of HTCondor to search for new gravitational wave sources.
The HTCondor Software Suite (HTCSS) provides sites and users with the ability to manage and execute HTC workloads. Whether it’s managing a single laptop or 250,000 cores at CERN, HTCondor helps solve computational problems through the application of the HTC principles.
CHTC manages over 20,000 cores and dozens of GPUs for the UW-Madison campus; this resource, which is free and shared, aims to advance the mission of the University of Wisconsin in support of the Wisconsin Idea. Researchers can place their workloads on an access point at CHTC and utilize the resources at CHTC, across the campus, and across the nation.
CHTC’s Research Facilitation team empowers researchers to utilize computing to achieve their goals. The Research Facilitation approach emphasizes teaching users skills and methodologies to manage & automate workloads on resources like those at CHTC, the campus, or across the world.
As part of its many services to UW-Madison and beyond, the CHTC is home to or supports the following Research Projects and Partners.
The OSG is a consortium of research collaborations, campuses, national laboratories and software providers dedicated to the advancement of all of open science via the practice of distributed High Throughput Computing (dHTC), and the advancement of its state of the art. The OSG operates a fabric of dHTC services for the national science and engineering community and CHTC has been a major force in OSG since its inception in 2005.
The Partnership to Advance Throughput Computing (PATh) is a partnership between CHTC and OSG to advance throughput computing. Funded through a major investment from NSF, PATh helps advance HTC at a national level through support for HTCSS and provides a fabric of services for the NSF science and engineering community to access resources across the nation.
The Morgridge Institute for Research is a private, biomedical research institute located on the UW-Madison campus. Morgridge’s Research Computing Theme is a unique partner with CHTC, investing in the vision of HTC and its ability to advance basic research.