9 October 2018

The next generation DAS, DAS-6, will get funding! For details, see the DAS Achievements page. DAS-6 is expected to become operational in the second half of 2020.

2 Jan 2017

DAS-5/VU has been extended with 4 TitanX-Pascal GPUs.

May, 2016

IEEE Computer publishes paper about 20 years of Distributed ASCI Supercomputer. See the DAS Achievements page.

28 Sep 2015

DAS-5/VU has been extended with 16 GTX TitanX GPUs.

DAS-5 Overview

DAS-5 (The Distributed ASCI Supercomputer 5) is a six-cluster wide-area distributed system designed by the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging (ASCI). DAS-5 is funded by NWO/NCF (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), and the participating universities and organizations (see below). As one of its distinguishing features, DAS-5 employs a number of HPC Accelerators (e.g., currently various GPU types, FPGA's are also planned) and a internal wide-area OpenFlow interconnect based on light paths.

The goal of DAS-5 is to provide a common computational infrastructure for researchers within ASCI, who work on various aspects of parallel, distributed, grid and cloud computing, and large-scale multimedia content analysis. The following institutes and organisations are directly involved in the realization and running of DAS-5:

DAS-5 cluster at VU University, Amsterdam
DAS-5 clusters at UvA/UvA-MN, Amsterdam