Intel Manycore Testing Lab FAQ

Intel Manycore Testing Lab – Cloud computing on 32 cores for academia



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  • What is the Intel Manycore Testing Lab?
    • the Manycore Testing Lab is an environment which will allow faculty to test, validate and scale their course material on manycore platforms using cutting edge software tools and applications provided by Intel.

What is the cost?

    • The Manycore Testing Lab is free for members of the Intel Academic community. If you are not a member, you may apply to join here.

  • Why is Intel setting up a remote access lab?
    • This will enable professors and their students to scale their course materials to encompass manycore processor technology. Not all universities have access to manycore systems for upgrading and testing the scalability of their course materials and it's important that students understand not only the concepts of parallelism, but also the notion of thread scaling and the trade-offs. The Manycore Testing Lab will help students come out of school better prepared for future platforms and the needs of the industry .

  • Who will use the systems and how?
    • Faculty members, their TA's and their students. We expect professors to load their applications or labs and set up sequences to demonstrate parallel programming and threading to their classes.

  • What about research projects?
    • The lab is primarily for classroom application, but it is likely that professors will want to use the systems for benchmarking to support their research as well. As long as there is availability on the systems we will allow projects which support the goals set out by the team to promote parallelism in education.

  • How do academics get access?
    • Professors must be members of the Intel Academic Community and register their request for access with the Academic Community team. Login access information will be sent via e-mail and professors may provide this information to their students as they choose. Apply here to join the Manycore Testing Lab program.

  • What is Intel asking for in return?
    • Users are highly encouraged to share their results. Intel will help to publish success stories or white papers of interesting results. These results will go into our open curriculum repository for professors around the world to use in their classrooms and help advance the modern CS curricula.

  • Why isn’t the Manycore Testing Lab available on demand?
    • In order provide an optimal experience for all users and to provide adequate security, the Lab will be available by appointment only.

  • How can professors ensure they’ll have access to the Testing Lab when they need it?
    • Intel will work with users to accommodate their needs. By requesting access early for certain weeks and providing flexible alternatives, professors can increase the chances that their requirements will be filled. If professors are given access at times that no longer of useful to them, they will be asked to surrender those times for others to use as they request new ones.

  • When will the Manycore Testing Lab be generally available to all members of the Intel Academic Community?
    • The Manycore Testing Lab will launch on March 10 for hand-on demos and external testing, followed by VIP and contest winner access. Intel expects all interested members to receive notification of availability no later than June 2.

  • What will be available at Launch?
    • A shared 32-core server running Linux RedHat Enterprise* and Microsoft Windows*. Intel® C and C++ Compilers, VTune™ Analyzer, Intel® ThreadChecker, Intel® Threadprofiler, Intel®Threading Building Blocks, Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives, Intel®Math Kernel Libraries and Gnu* Compilers.

  • How can I get exclusive access to the Manycore Testing Lab for benchmarking?
    • All exclusive access of the Manycore Testing Lab is made available via a series of batch nodes. Users can submit exclusive PBS jobs that will be scheduled to run on a batch node, when the batch node is free.

  • How will this change over time?
    • As Intel introduces new systems the lab will be updated with the latest hardware, software and tools. Members of the academic community will be notified when this is planned.

  • Can users request other tools?
    • Users can install any tools within their home directory for their use, but if users request additional tools or applications to be run system wide, then requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, particularly if they involve 3rd party licensing issues.

  • How is MTL structured?
    • There is a primary file server, and shared log-in server behind which are a series of compute nodes where batch jobs can be run in exclusive mode.

How is security maintained?

    • The system is secure. User level security, typical Linux security. No outbound connections enabled. Cannot surf from the browser, no possibility of sharing content. All code/data sets need to be physically copied to the users home directory. All user accounts are unique, with exclusive access to said files.

  • Where can I find more information?
    • Go to the Intel Manycore Lab Homepage here.
    • Visit the new Manycore Testing Lab forum here.

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