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HPC in Asia: Status Report from Saudi Arabia
HPC in Asia
Education and Training
Scientific Software Development
LocationAnalog 1, 2
DescriptionTwo Saudi Arabian institutions rely heavily on supercomputing: Saudi Aramco, the world’s most valuable company, and KAUST, one of the world’s newest universities. For both, the predominant applications are in simulation; we mention as well initial forays into scientific machine learning. We describe the evolving field of play, the drivers, and issues of connectivity, facilities, and workforce development. KAUST was founded in 2009 with research thrusts in energy, environment, food, and water for a sustainable planet, and supporting thrusts in core capabilities (modeling, simulation, and analytics). It has operated a Top 20 supercomputer, used by both itself and Saudi Aramco, for most of its ten years, and with 46% of the faculty engaged on it, it could be the most computationally intensive university on the planet on a per faculty basis.