LMU Klinikum's HPC infrastructure, known as CORE, is a collaborative high-performance computing platform supporting scientific research within LMU Klinikum. Hosted by MIT, CORE is accessible via LMU Klinikum's MedVer network or remotely and securely through a VPN. Key components include a Slurm cluster with three GPU servers and one dedicated CPU server, along with a spacious fileserver and two high-speed fileservers. Additionally, CORE offers a Kubeflow environment for interactive computing, such as Jupyter notebooks and an RStudio server.
CORE is a core facility of LMU KLinikum and is a valuable resource for accelerating medical research, providing researchers from within LMU Klinikum with the computational tools needed to drive innovation and advance healthcare.
To efficiently distribute the computing resources among the clinics and working groups of LMU Klinikum involved in compute-heavy research, CORE uses a scheduling software called Slurm. Slurm is a specialized, well-established HPC tool and ensures that computing workloads are scheduled on the hardware in a fair and efficient manner to maximize the utilization of the compute servers. Various Slurm partitions allow to efficiently distribute the resources to GPU- and CPU-only-jobs and to accommodate jobs of different run times from quick prototyping to week-long deep-learning training. Up to eight modern GPUs within one node enable data-distributed parallel training runs. The container engine singularity (apptainer) allows user to package and ship their own libraries and computing environments on CORE.
Very often, the focus of scientific computing is not heavy compute workloads, but interactive development, coding, debugging, statistical analysis or visualization. For these purposes, a SLURM environment is not optimal and scientists often rely e.g. on Jupyter notebooks for python, or IDEs such as Visual Studio Code or RStudio. For interactive computing, CORE provides a Kubeflow environment, which offers easy, web-based access to these popular frameworks on Kubernetes cluster running in isolated docker containers.
How to join
As a core facility of LMU Klinikum, CORE is accessible for all research groups of LMU Klinikum in a bottom-up approach. In addition, guest researchers and collaboration partners can access CORE, as long as they have an official affiliation with LMU Klinikum - e.g. based on a "Hospitationsvertrag". If you are interested in joining CORE, please reach out to the steering committee (email@example.com). For details, we refer to the Nutzungsordnung.
We have put considerable effort into providing user documentation on CORE. All docs are hosted on LRZ's gitlab instance as markdown files. Authentication works with the LRZ id, your account will be created when you first log in on gitlab. Once you have an account, please contact the CORE administrators (firstname.lastname@example.org) to give you access to the documentation.
All documentation lives in a gitlab repository - and this enables user participation in a very straightforward way. Whenever you find bugs, typos, or want to extend the documentation with a tutorial, an example or anything else, you can contribute your content with a merge request.
On a regular basis introductory hands-on workshops are hosted by the team of CORE, to equip users with the skills and knowledge to run their code on the CORE computing cluster. Target audience of the workshop are researchers comfortable running their programs on the commandline, previous experience of working on HPC environments are not needed. The workshop is open to everyone interested, access rights to CORE are necessary for participation and the registration by email (email@example.com) required.
Our next workshop will take place in the beginning of October, the date and time will be announced here shortly.
Past workshops took place:
- March 22
- March 23
Once you have access to the documentation, you'll also be able to consult the most recent workshop slides:
CORE is a joint effort with numerous contributors throughout the entire LMU Klinikum:
- Klinik und Poliklinik für Radiologie
- Klinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie und Allergologie
- Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
- Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I
- Kinderklinik und Kinderpoliklinik im Dr. von Haunerschen Kinderspital
- Dekanat der Medizinischen Fakultät
- Abteilung für Medizintechnik und IT (MIT)
The governance of the CORE core facility is determined by the Nutzungsordnung and comprises a steering committee and a user board.
The technical administration team meets in a regular jour fixe, optimizes and adjusts infrastructure, and ensures day-to-day administration and maintenance.
- Simon Leutner, MIT
- Thomas Kluge, Systemadministrator
- Jan Fecht, studentische Hilfskraft, Klinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie
- Prof. Dr. Michael Ingrisch, Klinik und Poliklinik für Radiologie
- Dr. Balthasar Schachtner, Postdoc, Klinik und Poliklinik für Radiologie
- Jakob Dexl, PhD student, Klinik und Poliklinik für Radiologie
- Tobias Weber, PhD student, Klinik und Poliklinik für Radiologie
List of publications that have benefited from CORE:
Weber T, Ingrisch M, Bischl B, Rügamer D. Constrained Probabilistic Mask Learning for Task-specific Undersampled MRI Reconstruction. IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV 2024). 2024.
Weber T, Ingrisch M, Bischl B, Rügamer D. Cascaded Latent Diffusion Models for High-Resolution Chest X-ray Synthesis. In: Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: 27th Pacific-Asia Conference, PAKDD 2023. 2023.
Weber T, Ingrisch M, Bischl B, Rügamer D. Implicit Embeddings via GAN Inversion for High Resolution Chest Radiographs. In: Medical Applications with Disentanglements. MAD 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13823. Springer, Cham. 2023 Feb 1. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-25046-0_3