Maths research computing news

Latest news: December 6th: silo4 now here too!

Current status: December 6th: all systems & services running normally, some non-critical network issues

Upcoming: December: internal improvements for Huxley 616, new offsite backup server for Slough


Then and now...

the new Maths server room

The Maths server room in May 2013...
the Maths server room

... and today, December 2016

Although it does look decidedly air-brushed and squeaky clean, the picture on the left is unretouched and was taken about one month after a new dual air conditioning installation was completed in April 2013. There were about 50 servers in the room at that time. On the right is the server room as it is today, December 2016 just before Christmas, after the completion of an air conditioning upgrade in September to add two more cooling units bringing the total to 4. There are now 160 operational servers in the room, with another rack and additional UPS units on the right, just out of the picture and for historical reasons, another 38 servers are located in the central college data centre.


For a concise overview of the research computing facilities offered by the Mathematics Department. please visit the Research Computing Support page on the main Maths website. The sysnews website is intended for those who already know of these facilities and want to know how to use them.

Continually updated, the pages you'll find here contain useful information about the Linux and UNIX-based IT services and facilities available to the research community in the Department of Mathematics. Admittedly, these pages are heavily biased towards these operating systems since most research is done on Linux or FreeBSD platforms but we would welcome suggestions on ways in which these pages can be expanded to include support for Windows and Macs.

Getting support

Support for all those using Maths research IT facilities is vital since without it, not a lot would get done. For this reason, providing timely and comprehensive support is taken seriously - it is available most of the time including weekends and out of hours simply by emailing Andy Thomas or call Mobex extension 59687. More....


Main services

for Stats usersthe original new.gif logo news for users of the Statistics section cluster
current news: December 6ththe original new.gif logo current news topics
current status: December 6ththe original new.gif logo about the current status of Maths systems, services and facilities
imminent planned work: Novemberthe original new.gif logo advance notification of scheduled downtime, planned changes, upgrades
ICT print servicethe original new.gif logo how to set up print queues for Linux and UNIX for the ICT printservice
Maths compute cluster: latest news latest news for the Maths compute cluster
Maths compute cluster about the Maths compute cluster
lovelace, a simple compute server about the new non-clustered compute server
web homepages how to create and maintain your homepages on the Maths website
laptop backup/sync facility relaunched service to automatically backup or synchronise your laptop
SCAN all about the Maths Supercomputer at Night facility
calculus storage server about the calculus storage server
working with your ICNFS home directory making the most of your ICNFS storage and what to do if you run out of space
GPU clusters about the Maths GPU clusters
Maths SSH gateways list of Maths systems with external SSH access and how to use them
Maths silos about the Maths large data storage facilities
MySQL about MySQL database server facilities
subversion (SVN) server about the new Maths subversion server facilities
quickstart guide to job queueing for those who can't wait to start using the job queueing system
external collaboration support new service for sharing data with external collaborators
current Maths network status about the current network status in Maths
current Maths compute cluster loads see how busy the machines in the compute cluster are
historical news items older news topics
Intel Fortran and C compilers about the high performance Intel Fortran and C compilers
ssh all about the ssh Secure SHell
scp using the secure copy command to copy files between computers
about Linux some (very old) notes about Linux
for Maths Physics users news for users of the Maths Physics section's cluster
The Stats CRAN mirror about the new CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) mirror
alternative Usenet servers alternatives to the now defunct JANET NNTP service
using pine at Imperial how to set up pine/alpine for use in Imperial's email environment
fetchmail how to set up fetchmail in Imperial's email environment


Andy Thomas

Research Computing Manager,
Department of Mathematics

last updated: 10.12.2018