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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.

27 May 2020

Hydra security hardening

HYDRA

Due to the recent wave of cyberattacks on HPC centers throughout Europe, the SISC HPC team will take security hardening measures on Hydra, in concertation with the VSC.

VSC users: Please check the detailed information on the

20 May 2020

Vega storage maintenance

VEGA

A maintenance operation on Vega has been scheduled on May 20th, starting at 9:00. The gateway server giving access to the CECI Common storage requires an upgrade and therefore no job can be running on the cluster. The maintenance operation ...

18 May 2020

Hydra storage maintenance

HPC

There are a couple of hardware issues with the Hydra storage which we cannot safely fix while the cluster is running. We are going to shut down Hydra on Monday 18 May, starting at 09:00 to perform the needed repairs. We expect that we can ...

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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