Current news...


September 18th: 5 TB of local storage added to Stats' modal compute server

Another 5 TB of local storage has been added to the modal server and users with larger data storage requirements are now being moved onto it but at the same time, their logical home directories will remain in the same places as before.

September 17th: new PostgreSQL database server launched

We have offered MySQL database services for several years, first on macomp00 and more recently on the dedicated mysql.ma server, which have been heavily used by joint projects with other departments. However, a project involving a large (approximately 115 GB) database containing text records averaging over 3 MB in length ran into problems in August, revealing a bug and a finite limitation in MySQL that Oracle, who now own the rights to MySQL, is aware of but not able to resolve at this stage.

This brought the project to a halt but the decision was then taken to install PostgreSQL version 9.6, an alternative and rather more 'heavyweight' database server, on this server alongside MySQL and migrate the large MySQL database to PostgreSQL. Although nowhere near as popular as MySQL, PostgreSQL does scale better and supports very long rows of around 1 gigabyte in length as well as huge databases. Following extensive testing, PostgreSQL facilities are now available for general use in the department, with the server also being known as 'pgsql.ma' and login and database accounts can be set up on request as for the MySQL accounts.

Older news items:

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: 18.09.2018