Maths research computing news


Huxley 616 in September 2020

Current status: July 24th: Maths server room cooling issues mean fewer active services, NextGen cluster upgrade now fully completed with 33 nodes & 832 processors available, all other active systems & services operating normally

Older news: August 18th: August 2023 update


New users please note: much of the documentation here was written at a time when users would mostly be using these research IT facilities whilst on a College campus. However, with the almost wholesale shift to off-campus remote working for most since March 2020 (and more recently, post-pandemic, a mixed hybrid working environment of both on-campus and remote working for many), this assumption is no longer valid and it is important to remember that for security reasons almost all internal systems at Imperial College are not directly accessible from the public Internet. If you have been given an account on a Maths system, please read this note for information on the various ways in which you can access Maths systems from anywhere in the world when you are off-campus.

You may also find these tips on getting the most from your remote broadband connection useful.


For a concise overview of the research computing facilities offered by the Mathematics Department. please visit the Research Computing Support page on the main Maths website. The sysnews website you are now reading is intended for those who already know about these facilities and want to know how to use them.

Continually updated, the pages you'll find here contain useful information about the Linux and UNIX-based IT services and facilities available to the research community in the Department of Mathematics. Admittedly, these pages are heavily biased towards these operating systems since most research is done on Linux, Macs or FreeBSD platforms but we would welcome suggestions on ways in which these pages can be expanded to include more support for Windows.

Getting support

Support is available most of the time including weekends, out of hours and during holidays simply by emailing Andy Thomas or by calling +44 7866 556626. More....


Main services

current status: July 24ththe original new.gif logo about the current status of Maths systems, services and facilities
Maths compute cluster: latest news, May 2024the original new.gif logo latest news for the Maths compute cluster
for Degond cluster users: latest news news for users of the Degond cluster
current news: November 20th current news topics
for Stats users: latest news August 8 th, 2022 latest news for users of the Statistics section clusters
for Stats users information for users in the Statistics section
ICT print service how to set up print queues for Linux and UNIX for the ICT printservice
Maths NextGen compute cluster about the Maths compute cluster
lovelace compute server about the new non-clustered compute server
the experimental X2go service log into a remote Linux system with a full graphical desktop over ssh
port forwarding using PuTTY use PuTTY to get around firewalls by legitimately tunnelling connections over ssh
web homepages how to create and maintain your homepages on the Maths website
laptop backup/sync facility relaunched service to automatically backup or synchronise your laptop
calculus storage server about the calculus storage server
using your ICNFS home directory making the most of your ICNFS storage and what to do if you run out of space
GPU computing about the Maths GPU compute facilities
Maths SSH gateways list of Maths systems with external SSH access and how to use them
Maths silos about the Maths large data storage facilities
MySQL about MySQL database server facilities
subversion (SVN) server about the Maths subversion server facility
quickstart guide to job queueing for those who can't wait to start using the job queueing system
external collaboration support new service for sharing data with external collaborators
current Maths network status about the current network status in Maths
compute cluster 'live' website see how busy the machines in the compute cluster are
historical news items older news topics
Intel Fortran and C compilers about the high performance Intel Fortran and C compilers
ssh all about the ssh Secure SHell
scp using the secure copy command to copy files between computers
about Linux some (very old) notes about Linux
for Maths Physics users news for users of the Maths Physics section's cluster
The Stats CRAN mirror about the new CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) mirror
alternative Usenet servers alternatives to the now defunct JANET NNTP service
using pine at Imperial how to set up pine/alpine for use in Imperial's email environment
fetchmail how to set up fetchmail in Imperial's email environment


Andy Thomas

Research Computing Manager,
Department of Mathematics

last updated: 24.7.2024

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