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2013: Summer update

Just a catch-up on what has been going on since the spring update:

  • Huxley 616 server room: to cope with increased demand for UPS power in the server room, one of the older 5 kVA UPS units was replaced by a new 8 kVA unit towards the end of June, with the older unit being kept as a spare with its batteries kept on trickle charge.

  • compute facilities: A gradual move to a Ubuntu-based computer cluster has begun with the addition of the two new nodes macomp12 and macomp13 along with the rebuilding of macomp000 and macomp01 as Ubuntu Linux machines. Running the latest Ubuntu Server version 13.04, all four nodes have the latest available versions of the same range of software as installed on the existing Red Hat Linux-based cluster nodes along with some new additions such as the Gerris suite, etc. macomp12 and maciomp13 feature hex-core Xeon CPUs providing 12 processor cores in each node along with 48 GB of memory. New, larger queues will be created soon to support larger jobs - users wishing to use the Ubuntu-based part of the Maths compute cluster should include the directive:

    #PBS -q ubuntu_standard

    in their job submission script to ensure that it runs on the Ubuntu-powered nodes only, and not on the default 'standard' queue which executes on Red Hat-powered nodes.

    More information about the cluster migration can be found in the cluster job queueing pages

  • The LFC-UK project cluster has now been fully expanded with the addition of two more server blades.

Older news items:

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 Officer,
Department of Mathematics

last updated: 2.11.2013