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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.

We have an open position in our team for an HPC system administrator.
See the official job ad for more information.

Deadline to submit your application: 7th of May 2019

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.

10 December 2018

An extra series of training session is available


Due to the popularity of the training sessions (all seats booked in less than 24 hours), we have decided to organise another one: a hands-on session on Linux is planned for January 14th and a hands-on session on HPC for January 15th 2019. ...

20 November 2018

Works on the ULB high voltage power grid completed


Works on the ULB high voltage power grid are completed. Hydra and Vega HPC clusters are back online and jobs are running.

07 November 2018

Works on the ULB high voltage power grid


There will be works carried on the ULB high voltage power grid on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 of November. The works will imply two power cuts which will impact the Hydra and Vega HPC clusters. We have therefore planned a downtime for both ...

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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