HPCBOX’s support for Docker containers was one of the most requested features from our users and we are very excited to bring this unique advantage to our end users. Users can now create, manage, deploy and execute their complex application pipelines by bringing any application they use for their innovation as Docker containers to their HPCBOX cluster.
This article discusses using Docker containers on the HPCBOX™, HPC Cloud Platform and the features provided by the HPCBOX for users who want to use Docker containers for their HPC.
HPCBOX delivers an innovative desktop-centric workflow enabled platform for users who want to accelerate innovation using cutting edge technologies that can benefit from High Performance Computing Infrastructure. It aims to make supercomputing technology accessible and easier to use for scientists, engineers and other innovators who do not have access to in-house datacenters or skills to create, manage and maintain complex HPC infrastructure. To achieve a high level of simplicity in delivering a productive HPC platform, HPCBOX leverages unique technology that not only allows users to create workflows combining their applications and optimization of underlying infrastructure into the same pipeline, but, also provides integration points to help third-party applications directly hook into its infrastructure optimization capability. Some of the unique capabilities of HPCBOX are:
HPCBOX is probably the first HPC Cloud platform to support MPI, OpenGL and CUDA Docker containers on the same platform, letting users create, manage, deploy and execute their entire application pipelines with Docker containers. Unique capabilities offered by HPCBOX for Docker:
Applications which use CUDA for computation can be built as Docker containers and pulled on to the HPCBOX cluster from public and private Docker registries.
Multiple instances of these containers can be launched at the same time, in both exclusive and non-exclusive mode. When using exclusive mode, one instance of the Docker container is started on every node eligible to handle CUDA computations. All instances receive an environment variable, HPCBOX_TASK_ID, set to their instance id. This variable can be used for monte-carlo type simulations which run multiple instances of the same application, albeit, with different input files for each instance.
Visualization applications need hardware accelerated OpenGL capability for optimum user experience. HPCBOX has extended its remote hardware accelerated graphics technology to support OpenGL applications which are packaged as Docker containers. With this innovation, users can pull in and launch any OpenGL application which can use NVIDIA graphics cards. The HPCBOX platform will make sure the NVIDIA graphics card is made visible within the container during execution time. Furthermore, applications like Paraview with the NVIDIA IndeX plugin can be seamlessly run in client server mode within HPCBOX’s rich desktop experience.
Docker containers with compatible MPI applications can be launched on a high-speed Infiniband fabric on the HPCBOX platform. Users can build MPI applications on their local workstations and pull them on to the HPCBOX platform for running at scale. Alternatively, users can use the HPCBOX platform for creating their MPI applications and push them to other locations using their Docker registries.
Pulling Docker Images
HPCBOX provides an easy to use tool to pull Docker images from public and private repositories, including Docker Hub and NVIDIA GPU Cloud Container Registry (NGC). Multiple remote registries can be configured for pulling images.
HPCBOX delivers a highly personalized, workflow-enabled rich desktop experience for HPC users. This experience combined with support for Docker containers makes our HPC Cloud platform extremely flexible and one of the most innovative platforms available today, taking us closer in realizing our vision of:
One HPC Cloud Platform
Getting Access and Trial
Please contact Drizti to get a personalized webinar, demo and trial of the HPCBOX Platform for Docker. We'd also like to get any feedback you might have for us.
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