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CIQ Helps Texas Tech HPC Center Maximise Productivity With Its HPC Software Stack


CIQ, the company building the next generation of software infrastructure for enterprises running performance-intensive workloads atop the Rocky Linux enterprise Linux distribution, has published a success story that showcases an HPC infrastructure transformation at Texas Tech University’s High Performance Computing Center (HPCC).

Like many in the HPC run-your-own-cluster field, HPCC’s immediate goal was to find a reliable replacement for CentOS, which is approaching end of life, but the team also wanted a solution that would extend further, evolving all their technologies with each new version release. In addition, HPCC sought a support team that would help them resolve any issues rapidly, so they could achieve their ultimate goal: to maximize the research productivity of the university.

HPCC chose the open source Rocky Linux operating system as a seamless, stable and secure successor to CentOS. As part of the CIQ HPC software stack that integrates containerization with Apptainer and cluster provisioning with Warewulf to deploy scalable system infrastructure, Rocky Linux allows HPCC to harness the full power of computational resources and easily and efficiently execute critically important performance-intensive workloads. HPCC also engaged CIQ’s escalation support, customization, optimization, integration and other professional services.

“HPC clusters are powerful tools for research and science,” said Gregory Kurtzer, founder and CEO of CIQ. “CIQ has developed a simplified and supported turnkey HPC stack for both new deployments and migrations to a supported solution—including Rocky Linux, Warewulf and Apptainer (formerly Singularity). With CIQ’s assistance, Texas Tech has not only demonstrably achieved savings in staff time and costs but also has delivered reliable and scalable HPC infrastructure to help Texas Tech researchers do what they do best: science.”

To measure the success of its engagement with CIQ, HPCC set qualitative goals that were greatly exceeded. For example, based on a previous experience of upgrading operating systems on headnotes, HPCC put aside four days for the process in a planned shutdown schedule. Instead, with the active involvement of the CIQ team, the upgrade was accomplished in a little more than a morning, saving significant time and money. HPCC increased up time and minimized staff time, successfully achieving its mission to maximize the university’s research productivity in dollars, sophistication of technology, papers and students taught.