Operational Model

The NLHPC was created with financial support from CONICYT and the associate institutions (AI). El NLHPC operates using an open and associative model (see Fig. 1), which includes as associates the majority of research universities in Chile: Universidad de Chile (Responsible institution), Universidad Católica del Norte, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Santiago, Universidad Federico Santa María, Universidad de Talca and Universidad de la Frontera.

As an open and associative model, it is expected that in the future new universities interested in the promotion and use of the advantages provided by HPC can take part as partners of the NLHPC. For this purpose, the interested institutions will have to provide appropriate counterparts (ie. Human Resources, compute nodes, data center) and connect to the network provided by REUNA– NLHPC’s strategic partner- which will provide high speed connectivity between the associates and to international scientific networks.


The Strategic Scientific Committee (SSC) are the representatives of the AI and other institutions (Fig.2). This committee counsels the strategic planification and the administration as well as the scientific areas that must be prioritized for access to the NLHPC infrastructure. For this, the Executive Director  (ED) reports the results of the NLHPC’s administration twice a year to the SSC in order to obtain recommendations and implement plans of action based on these recommendations. The Scientific Director (SD) of the NLHPC must be a member of the SSC and is proposed by the CMM and must be ratified in the first SSC meeting by the rest of the SSC. The ED will be the main responsible of the NLHPC administration.

Taking into consideration the level of management required for the optimal functioning of a highly complex associative infrastructure such as the NLHPC, The Administration Unit is directed by the Managing Director (MD), being assisted in this task by the joint action of the Technology Director (TD) and the Advanced Training Coordinator (ATC). Together with the ED, MD, TD, ATC and the Director of the CMM, form the Executive Committee, organism that will participate in the taking of decisions that impact technically and/or commercially the operation of the NLHPC.

The  MD will manage the relationship with the clients and will operate business models based on HPC in order to guarantee the long term sustainability of the NLHPC. The MD will also coordinate the resolution of the requests generated by the scientific users (SU) that will have access to the informatics infrastructure of the NLHPC. To improve the sustainability of the NLHPC model, various business associates, have been centered in different segments of the market which provides an added value to the NLHPC’s solutions offer and the participation in the commercialization of the services given by the NLHPC.

The MD is responsible for the coordination of efforts to commercialize the services of the NLHPC as well as the development of new business opportunities to identify the market demands and establish work groups with the AI to satisfy these demands. These new opportunities include the development of applied research projects in collaboration with the AI and their respective laboratories. In order to carry out these tasks, the MD will be assisted by a Management and Business Development engineer.

In the other hand, the Advanced Training Coordinator (ATC) is responsible of the development and realization of activities for the short, medium and long term. These activities will allow the efficient use of the resources of the NLHPC and the continuous learning of classic computing techniques as well as new methodologies related to HPC.

The ATC is financially supported by the CMM and will respond in a non hierarchically way to the MD.

The DT will be responsible of the operation of the NLHPC infrastructure including technical support for the users. Two engineers will help the TD in NLHPC’s infrastructure management tasks. The FCFM will support the work of the TD incorporating a 25% of working days  of 4 technicians, that secure the continuity of the functioning of the infrastructure of the NLHPC.

Figura 2. Organigrama del NLHPC.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible of the NLHPC management, leading the team, presenting management reports to the Strategic Scientific Committee (SSC) and responding to the regulations and requests of CONICYT. At least two times per year, the ED will report the status of the indicators of the NLHPC’s management to the SSC for assessment and elaboration of action plans based on these recommendations.

The SSC will check the NLHPC’s  management in order to offer suggestions on strategic planification, and to define the areas to be prioritized for access to the NLHPC’s infrastructure. Also, the SSC will be responsible to propose an External Revision Panel which will be responsible of the evaluation of the aacdemics requests for NLHPC services through the Based on Merit Access mechanism.

The process of adjudication of the NLHPC services will be supervised by the SSC, but executed by the Administration Unit of the NLHPC. Twice a year, the SSC will report to the CMM’s Director their findings in the management of the ED and the functioning of the NLHPC. The CMM’s Director will inform the Dean of the FCFM to later take decisions on the conclusions provided by the SSC.


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