ProjectHPC: A Multi-Tier Architecture for Simulation and Analysis

Report No. ARL-RP-0334
Authors: Jerry Clarke, Kelly Kirk, James Collins, Ankur Chopra, and Kenneth Renard
Date/Pages: September 2011; 18 pages
Abstract: For Mobile Network Modeling, Multi-Scale Modeling, and Blast Protection for Platforms and Personnel, ARL is developing and providing a variety of codes and tools that require a wide range of computer sophistication from the user. This diverse and complex software supports a range of interfaces that extend from simple, intuitive interfaces with a minimal number of options to scalable, parallel simulators that are submitted via a batch queuing system. Subject matter experts with little to no computer science experience will benefit from the delivered software environment as well as expert users with intimate knowledge of the inner working of a parallel simulator. By definition, high performance computing attempts to attain the most performance from computational resources as possible. Usability is not a priority, which is absolutely as it should be; however, while a huge number of analysts and periodic users could potentially benefit from access to HPC, the "cost of entry"is just too high. Our solution is a multi-tier architecture that provides expert user interfaces for code developers, computer scientist interfaces for sophisticated users, and analyst interfaces for subject matter experts in fields other than computer science.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2011