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    The Hydra cluster
    Hydra is a general purpose HPC cluster freely accessible
    to VUB and ULB users. It is also integrated in VSC.
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    The Vega cluster
    Vega is a many-cores cluster part of the CECI consortium.
    Suitable for MPI and SMP jobs but also for HTC.
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    The team
    The team is composed of complementary skilled people
    covering hardware, systems and scientific expertise.

About Us & HPC

The HPC team works within the Shared ICT Services Centre (formely Computing Centre).
The HPC service aims at maintaining HPC clusters, providing easy and simple access for the VUB and ULB users, offering a wide range of (scientific) software, hosting dedicated resources and helping researchers to achieve high level and high performing research.

We are permanently busy working on many different tasks and projects.


  • User support
  • Clusters management
  • Research projects accompany
  • Technological surveillance
  • Software installation
  • Training courses
  • Documentation
  • VSC & CECI partnership

Recent News

We try to keep you informed as much as possible about clusters status and ongoing projects. Below are the most recent posted news.

15 May 2018

Hydra & Vega back online

HPC

We have identified jobs on Hydra involved in the central storage NFS service crash. There was ~100 identical jobs running a short loop with an open-write-close action on the same file located in the Hydra home directory. This led to 1) ...

12 May 2018

Hydra & Vega still unavailable

HPC

After further investigations of the NFS issue on the SISC central storage it came out that when specific private networks are made accessible to the central storage, the crash follows a few hours after. Hydra and Vega are accessing the NFS ...

09 May 2018

Hydra home directories unavailable

HYDRA

The SISC central storage is encountering issues making the Hydra home directories unavailable. Login to Hydra will be impossible and running jobs relying on files stored on the home directories will fail. The job scheduler has been stopped ...

Our Services

Below are summarised the services offered to the ULB and VUB users. Follow the links to gain more information about each service.

Support

The most important and resources demanding service! We receive many questions requiring sometimes a simple and quick answer, sometimes heavy and lengtly work.

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Software

There are many software you want to use. We constantly install, compile and optimise new software to make them run at top speed on our infrastructure.

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Consulting

You prepare a new project requiring computation? You plan to purchase computing power? Please contact us first and involve us from the earliest steps!

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SysAdmin

To make your jobs running as fast as possible, our clusters must be as efficient as possible. The HPC SysAdmins have deep knowledge of hardware, systems and networks.

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BigData

Some of you jumped into BigData. Same for us! We are getting ready for this with a dedicated new platform in construction.

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Extra resources

If you need more than what is offered for free, there are several solutions in place and in preparation. But those are paid services.

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