SURFsara, the national HPC centre, supports research and education in the Netherlands. SURFsara works closely with the academic research community, government institutions and innovative businesses. In addition to offering an integrated ICT research infrastructure for over 40 years, we provide expertise and support in the area of large-scale computing with high performance computing, data storage, visualization, big data, cloud and e-science services. SURFsara guarantees the quality of its expertise with an academic multi-disciplinary team of around 80 employees.
About SURFsaraWith the arrival of the Cyber 205 in 1984, SURFsara (formerly SARA) became the national supercomputing centre for scientific research and education in the Netherlands. Since then, the supercomputing services on offer have grown rapidly. Over the years, the capacity of supercomputers has increased and the services have expanded to more scientific areas. SURFsara now provides expertise and services in the areas of High Performance Computing, Data Services, Visualisation and Cloud Services. Since January 2013, SURFsara has been part of SURF, the collaborative ICT organisation for higher education and research in the Netherlands. SURFsara is also a partner in both national and international projects, such as LOFAR, EGI, WLCG/LHC, EUDAT and PRACE.
HPC at SURFsaraThe Netherlands has a top ICT research infrastructure that is well integrated into the European e-infrastructure. SURFsara hosts the large national infrastructure services, such as the Dutch national supercomputer service (a Bull bullx system which will be upgraded to 1.3 Pflops/s by the end of 2014), the National Compute Cluster (Dell cluster, meant for high throughput applications that do not need the interconnectivity and I/O facilities of the supercomputer), a GPU cluster connected to the national supercomputer service (Nvidia Tesla K40 cards) and large data storage facilities and services (including grid services as one of the LHC Tier-1 centres). Alongside hardware services, SURFsara provides application enabling and optimisation services. By taking part in international projects and through our own program, we engage in open-source community codes, focusing on performance-critical parts of applications and preparing methods and algorithms for next-generation hardware platforms.