New Application Makes Supercomputing Simple

  Murdoch University (12/12/11) Val McFarlane

 Murdoch University researchers have developed Yabi, an open source application that they say could provide a revolutionary way of accessing supercomputers.  Yabi simplifies supercomputing tasks through a Web-based workflow environment.  “The Yabi system takes away that need for writing scripts and tools and turns the analytic procedures into a simpler drag-and-drop activity, where scientists can log in, drag tools in, and chain them together to create workflows,” says Murdoch professor Matthew Bellgard.  He says the tools can run on supercomputers without the need for human intervention, which will enable researchers to access multiple supercomputing resources in a transparent fashion using the Web interface.  “We’ve been thinking about it for quite some time, but it’s only in the last five years that Internet technologies have matured in such a way that we can then leverage them in order to implement a really robust system,” Bellgard says.

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