ASEAN HPC Activities

Achievement to dates:

ASEAN HPC Fugaku trial application

A*CRC in Singapore submitted 11 project proposals to RIST Japan on behalf of investigators from 4 different ASEAN countries:

  • Thailand (4), Malaysia (3), Indonesia (2) and Philippines (2)

Research areas covered include Matter, Materials and Chemistry (7) and Information and Computer Science (4).

Examples of application software include CP2K, Quantum ESPRESSO, Gaussian, VASP, GROMACS, TensorFlow, PyTORCH and other customised software.

List of Institutions Involved in these projects:

  • Malaysia’s University Malaya,
  • Indonesia’s Politeknik Statistika STIS and Labmath,
  • Philippines’s University of the Philippines Los Baños and University of the Philippines Diliman, and
  • Thailand’s Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), King Mongkut’s University of Technology, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Suranaree University of Technology All projects are trialling the use of Fugaku for about 6 months.

EU-ASEAN HPC School

  • The upcoming EU-ASEAN High-Performance Computing (HPC) School will be held in presence at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, between 5-10 December 2022.  (http://hpcschool.net)
  • 2021 EU-ASEAN HPC School

The first “EU-ASEAN High-Performance Computing (HPC) Virtual School: System Design and HPC Applications” concluded on 9 July, with a closing event and public panel discussion capping a week-long learning experience for participating students from all ASEAN Member States.

60 Applications accepted for the first Virtual School from all 10 AMS with the following breakdown: Indonesia (17), Thailand (14), Philippines (9), Malaysia (7), Singapore (4), Vietnam (4), Myanmar (2), Brunei Darussalam (1), Cambodia (1), Lao PDR (1).

Since this event was a virtual school, the organisers accepted another 75 passive students who are not graded observers and their participation limited on the practical exercises which included participants from India.

Indonesia (29), Malaysia (12), Philippines (11), Thailand (9), Singapore (4), Vietnam (4), Myanmar (3), Brunei Darussalam (1), India (1), Lao PDR (1).

On the last day panel discussion, the event has been extended to the public and streamed to the Facebook and YouTube channels of both ASEAN and EU accounts. The webinar room was attended by 174 participants on top of the zoom class (students and distinguished guests).

Students engaged in topics on HPC and HPC applications with international luminaries from the EU, ASEAN and Japan, with hands-on and virtual exercises. Cutting-edge technologies were presented, including MeluXina, a supercomputer from the LuxProvide HPC Centre in Luxembourg that was recently launched in June.

Students also took part in a tutorial on LUMI, a EuroHPC world-class supercomputer in Finland. Lecturers from RIKEN Center for Computational Science Japan, home of the world’s number one supercomputer Fugaku, discussed ways in which natural disaster risks and life science can be successfully tackled with HPC among other subjects.

EU-ASEAN HPC schools are organized by the ASEAN HPC Task Force and carried out in the framework of the Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI)*.

*The Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI) is a development cooperation instrument that facilitates cooperation and dialogue between the EU and ASEAN in policy areas of joint interest. Drawing on the EU’s experience of regional integration, E-READI further strengthens both the ASEAN regional integration process as well as the overall ASEAN-EU strategic partnership


Annexes / series of activities to date:

ASEAN Collaboration

May 2018:

  • ASEAN HPC initiative was endorsed by COSTI
  • ASEAN HPC Taskforce (TF) was formed to discuss technical configurations, AMS requirements and roadmap.

Sept 2018: Singapore hosted 1st ASEAN HPCTF meeting

Mar 2019: Singapore hosted 2nd ASEAN HPCTF meeting

Apr 2019: The taskforce went for a Japan study trip to visit Japan’s data centre that was hosting the K-Computer.

Jun 2019: ASEAN HPC Roadmap was endorsed by COSTI

Sept 2019: Thailand hosted the 3rd ASEAN HPCTF meeting

Apr 2020: 4th ASEAN HPCTF meeting was held virtually (via Webex)

Oct 2020: 5th ASEAN HPCTF meeting was held virtually (via Webex)

Toward POC shared HPC infrastructure:

  • MOU between SG’s A*CRC and JP’s RIKEN-CCS signed
  • Demonstrate a shared compute and storage resources for end users from ASEAN HPCTF institutes to A*CRC
  • To embark on POC Infrastructure encompassing compute, storage, and network resources between A*CRC and R-CCS

Sept 2021:  6th ASEAN HPCTF meeting was held virtually (via Webex)

Mar 2022:  7th ASEAN HPCTF meeting was held virtually (via Webex)

EU-ASEAN Collaboration

Mar 2019: 1st EU-ASEAN High Performing Computing (HPC) Coordination Group Meeting in Singapore

Nov 2019: 2nd EU-ASEAN High Performing Computing (HPC) Coordination Group Meeting  in Luxembourg

Dec 2019: Expert Training and Study Visit to Barcelona Supercomputing Center

2020: Synthesis Report: EU-ASEAN High Performance Computing (HPC) Study Expert Mapping of ASEAN policy orientations and related HPC research infrastructures

Jul 2020: EU-ASEAN WEBINAR: High-Performance Computing (HPC) – COVID 19

Jul 2021: 1st EU-ASEAN HPC School, “EU-ASEAN HPC Virtual School: System Design and HPC Applications”, between 5 – 9 July 2021 “EU-ASEAN High-Performance Computing (HPC) Virtual School: System Design and HPC Applications”


Gallery

1st ASEAN HPCTF meeting, Singapore (Sept 2018)
2nd ASEAN HPCTF meeting, Singapore (Mar 2019)

Japan Study trip in April 2019

3rd ASEAN HPCTF meeting (Sept 2019)
4th ASEAN HPCTF meeting (Apr 2020)
1st EU-ASEAN HPC Coordination Group Meeting, Singapore (Mar 2019)
EU-ASEAN WEBINAR: HPC – COVID19 (Jul 2020)
1st EU-ASEAN HPC School, “EU-ASEAN HPC Virtual School: System Design and HPC Applications” (5 – 9 Jul 2021)