Welcome to the openFlightHPC Design Knowledgebase!

This site contains documentation on general cluster considerations and best practices. It contains concept descriptions, implementation considerations and guidelines for developing a HPC stack.

Documentation Goal

The purpose of this documentation is to provide a list of considerations and guidelines for the development of a High Performance Computing (HPC) environment. This documentation should be followed through in order to properly understand the structure of the environment and that certain considerations are not missed out along the way.

To generalise the entire process, it goes as follows:

Cluster Architecture Design -> Platform Deployment/Management -> Environment Delivery

Cluster Architecture Design consists of many considerations regarding the platform, configuration and purpose of the cluster. Creating a suitable architecture design will maximise the ease of cluster management and workflow efficiency.

Platform Deployment/Management involves the creation of the cluster resources and configuring the base systems of the node in preparation for environment customisation.

Environment Delivery is the installation of software for the user experience on the cluster. This usually involves some sort of resource management/queuing system and application installation.


It is recommended to read through all of the documentation before starting to design the HPC platform to understand the scope and considerations.


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