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