Current news...


2013: Happy New Year!

This is the first of the more regular updates of this area of the site following last November's admission that this page had not been updated for a year. Coming up soon are...

  • more storage facilities: silo2 and its mirror silo2-shadow were added to the storage pool providing over 11 TB (terabytes) of extra mirrored storage for all research and staff users in Maths

  • more backups: a dedicated backup server has been added to back up most of the other backup servers and this in turm is mirrored to an off-site backup server that was installed at the Open University in Milton Keynes at the end of November. Both servers have a storage capacity of over 11 TB

  • more compute nodes: two more nodes - macomp12 and macomp13 - have been added to the Maths compute cluster; these break with tradition in that they have 6 core CPUs fitted instead of the quad core processors of the other nodes, giving us more processing power in the same amount of physical space

  • more dedicated research systems: orders are now being placed for several large compute servers with a high processor core count (up to 64 cores) and large memories of up to 512 GB to support individual research projects. Along with this compute capacity, 11 TB storage servers are being added to store the data generated by these systems

  • more cooling and network provision: to support the increased expansion of reserach IT facilities in Maths, the cooling capacity of the Maths server room air conditioning is due to be more than doubled early this year and additional network sockets installed
It will be a busy start to 2013!

Older news items:

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 Officer,
Department of Mathematics

last updated: 23.01.2013