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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.

12 August 2019

Power cut at SISC

HPC

On Monday 12th of August at 6:45 AM, a power cut partially affected the infrastructure of our datacenter. All nodes of Vega and all Skylake nodes of Hydra (37% of total) rebooted, causing the loss of running jobs. The storage is not ...

29 July 2019

Cooling issue resolved

HPC

Hydra and Vega are back at full capacity. The job scheduler is active and jobs are being processed as usual. Requeued jobs will automatically restart as nodes are available. If you have any problem, please contact our support at ...

25 July 2019

Cooling issue in the SISC datacenter

HPC

Today (July 25th) the cooling system of Hydra and Vega suffered a critical failure caused by the extreme heatwave. As a consequence,the first course of action has been to pause the queues of both clusters to avoid overheating the system ...

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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