Vega Project – OpenShift-based HPC for Fundamental Science

Our curiosity is constantly pushing technology towards higher goals, unveiling the secrets of distant realms far beyond our imagination. The Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (DTPA) at Faculty of Science, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) belongs to the most active European research groups in the field of stellar astrophysics. DTPA has recently started to work on the stellar atmosphere model grid that has the potential to redefine what we have known about the stars in our local universe. Extending the parameter space of a model atmosphere grid is an extremely demanding effort that requires high-performance computing to be feasible within a human lifetime. Conventional proprietary HPC solutions turned out to be too inflexible to fit the project requirements. The Vega Project team at Red Hat came up with an idea to harness the power of Kubernetes to provide the next-generation open-source tool for high-performance computing. The project is way past the design phase, and the team is already working on the proof-of-concept implementation using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.


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