Vietnam – For scientific research and engineering programmes, computational resources are a critical part, and play an important role in preparing students for their careers in both commercial and academic fields. Recent advanced data acquisition, algorithm development and computer hardware have made high performance computing (HPC) fundamentally necessary to remain competitive.
HPC is a significant tool for the researchers who need to simultaneously perform large calculations, or many smaller calculations. Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) has recognised the importance of the HPC resources for research and education. Since its inception in March 2017, HPC facility has been provided to enable research programmes to span such disciplines as computational engineering, information technology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and so forth.
As a first step in investing in HPC the university has built a computing centre at TDTU. This new HPC environment has been deployed in three phases and cost a total of US$2 million. With the first two phases completed, the HPC system consists of one server and eight compute nodes with computational power of 9,488 TFlops. TDTU’s high performance computing is available and free of charge for all research groups on campus, and its function will allow researchers at TDTU to solve several complex computational problems. In this way, the university is able to ensure that evolving requirements from all researchers are best accommodated by the available resources.