Current news...


August update:

With the 2020/2021 academic year drawing to a close, new initiatives are starting to see the light of day as overall compute loads begin to fall over the summer holiday period. However, this traditional reduction has been partially offset this year by the Statistics MSc 2020 cohort's unprecedented demand for compute facilities which means extensive IT 'engineering works' normally undertaken from August onwards will have to be postponed until after the MSc project deadline on September 5th. For this reason, the only update worthy of note has been - rather fittingly - for the Stats MSc students:

  • two more compute servers added to the Stats MSc compute pool: following last month's extensive updates to the Stats MSc compute servers, two more servers were added to the pool on August 12th and are now available for use. These are large systems each with four 16-core AMD Opteron 6380 processors and 512 GB of memory and are set up in a similar way to the artemis MSc compute server - that is, the same as the apollo srever but without direct external access from outside the College.

Older news items:

July 19th: July update: extensive updates to the Stats MSc compute servers, CUDA and cuDNN updates for nvidia4
June 19th: June update: new archival server, storage upgrade for Keaveny cluster, Firedrake build servers & Big Blue Button server
May 21st: Degond Cluster becomes a full HPC
March 24th: Degond Cluster fully upgraded
February 25th: a GPU server for the StatML CDT
February 1st: Bazooka Hadoop cluster control network switch replaced
September 24th: all Stats' general purpose compute systems now running Ubuntu 18.04
August 9th: new GPU server nvidia4 introduced
April 7th: Magma software upgraded to version 2.25-4
March 17th: a new 8 card GPU server installed
March 2nd: another backup server added
February 28th: internal network expansion, ma-backup4 and GPU servers coming soon
February 6th: more large compute servers for Stats
November 1st: NextGen is shutting down on November 1st in readiness for relocation
September 29th: matlab2018 queue has now been discontinued on the NextGen cluster
August 24th: matlab2018 queue to be discontinued on the NextGen cluster
August 14th: more servers for Stats, remote monitoring upgrades, better system status reporting and more power supplies
June 23rd: more servers in the server room, expanded Bazooka Hadoop cluster now available for use
May 29th: R Shiny server memory replaced & remote management added
April 12th: NextGen cluster Maple 2019 upgrade completed
March 16th: Planned Bazooka Hadoop cluster upgrade, reorganisation of backup servers
February 19th: ma-offsite2 now online
January 19th: Matlab 2018b upgrade ongoing
December 14th: Matlab upgrade to version R2018b started, Stats section compute & storage enhancements completed, silos3 and 4 introduced
September 18th: more local storage for Stats modal server and new PostgreSQL database server launched
August 29th: new 'du' command options, cluster R upgrade and ma-backup3
July 2nd: nvidia3 now has two GPU cards
May 15th: Early summer update
March 29th: Easter update
March 24th: spring update
March 10th: late winter update
December 15th: pre-Christmas update
November 22nd: late November update
October 8th: start of 2017/2018 academic year update
2017: Midsummer's Day update
June 16th, 2017: mid-June update
June 2nd, 2017: Early summer update
April 20th, 2017: Spring update 2
March 22nd, 2017: Early spring update
March 10th, 2017: Winter update 2
February 22nd, 2017: Winter update
November 2nd, 2016: Autumn update
October 21st, 2016: Late summer update 2
October 14th, 2016: Late summer update
February 19th, 2016: Winter update
December 11th, 2015: Autumn update
September 14th, 2015: Late summer update 2
May 2nd, 2015: Spring update 2
April 26th, 2015: Spring update
November 11th, 2014: Autumn update
September 17th, 2014: Summer update 2
July 17th, 2014: Summer update
March 15th, 2014: Spring update
November 2nd, 2013: Summer update
May 24th, 2013: Spring update
January 23rd, 2013: Happy New Year!
November 22nd, 2012: No news is good news...
November 17th, 2011: A revamp for the Maths SSH gateways
September 7th, 2011: Failed systems under repair
August 14th, 2011: Introducing calculus, a new NFS home directory server for research users
July 19th, 2011: a new staging server for the compute cluster
July 19th, 2011: A new Matlab queue and improved queue documentation
June 30th, 2011: Updated laptop backup scripts
June 18th, 2011: More storage for the silo...
June 16th, 2011: Yet more storage for the SCAN...
June 10th, 2011: 3 new nodes added to the Maths compute cluster
May 21st, 2011: Announcing SCAN large storage and subversion (SVN) servers
May 26th, 2011: Reporting missing scratch disk on macomp01
May 21st, 2011: Announcing completion of silo upgrades
May 16th, 2011: Announcing upgrades for silo
April 14th, 2011: Goodbye SCAN 3, hello SCAN 4
March 26th, 2011: quickstart guide to using the Torque/Maui cluster job queueing system
March 9th, 2011: automatic laptop backup/sync service, new collaboration systems launched
May 20th, 2010: Scratch disks are now available on all macomp and mablad compute cluster systems
March 11th, 2010: Introduing job queueing on the Fünf Gruppe compute cluster
October 16th, 2008: Introduing the Fünf Gruppe compute cluster
June 18th, 2008: German City compute farm now expanded to 22 machines
February 7th, 2008: new applications on the Linux apps server, unclutter your desktop
November 13th, 2007: aragon and cathedral now general access computers, networked Linux Matlab installation upgraded to R2007a
September 14th, 2007: Problems with sending outgoing mail for UNIX & Linux users
July 23rd, 2007: SCAN available full-time over the summer vacation, closure of Imperial's Usenet news server
May 15th, 2007: Temporary SCAN suspension, closure of the Maths Physics computer room, new research computing facilities
January 14th, 2005: Exchange mail server upgrade, spam filtering with pine and various other enhancements


Andy Thomas

Research Computing Manager,
Department of Mathematics

last updated: 14.8.2021