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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.

13 June 2019

Fixed a bug in OpenBLAS/0.3.1-GCC-7.3.0-2.30 module


We have applied in both Hydra (3 June) and Vega (12 June) an important bug fix to the OpenBLAS module OpenBLAS/0.3.1-GCC-7.3.0-2.30. The bug was impacting matrix operations (dot product and/or multiplication) using OpenMP: if the product ...

03 June 2019

Memory upgrade on Hydra storage completed


The memory upgrade on the four storage controller nodes of Hydra completed successfully this Monday 3rd of June at 11:00. The jobs scheduler is again active and therefore queuing jobs are being started.

03 June 2019

Memory upgrade on Hydra storage


We'll add extra memory to the four controller nodes of the Hydra storage this Monday 3rd of June. The job scheduler will be place on pause before executing the operation meaning that running jobs will not be impacted. The operation should ...

Our Services

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


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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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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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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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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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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