QDO

5

supercomputers

10k

programs

9k

cores

QDO is a dashboard for managing tasks across supercomputers.

01 / 05   Key Challenges
  1. Design tools which make supercomputing accessible
  2. New workflow should not add additional complexity
  3. Cater to power users from different disciplines (astrophysics, computer science, biology...)
  4. Real time data analytics
02 / 05   Persona

Research Scientist

  • Manages different projects
  • Typically runs a few thousand tasks each day
  • Prioritizes supercomputer time and efficiency
  • Extensive experience with supercomputers
  • Good programming experience
  • Regularly manages supercomputer tasks
03 / 05  UX Process

Sprint 1

  1. Requirements gathering
  2. User interviews
  3. Personas and user stories
  4. Use cases

Sprint 2

  1. Information architecture
  2. Wirerfames
  3. Interaction Design

Sprint 3

  1. Interactive Prototype
  2. User testing and feedback
  3. Final changes
  4. Acceptance test
  5. Deployment to NERSC
04 / 05   Wireframes & Mockups

Software: Balsamiq, Photoshop, Material Design Lite

05 / 05  Results

QDO has been deployed at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). It is being used by scientists as part of their workflow.