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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.

08 July 2019

New login nodes for Hydra


Hydra is getting a new pair of login nodes on July 8th 2019. The hardware powering these new login nodes is a big step forward in performance to ensure a stable and smooth user experience:

  • Intel Skylake (Xeon Gold 6126) - 24 ...

25 June 2019

Cooling issue in the SISC datacenter


We had a cooling issue at the SISC datacenter (DC) this evening between 17:00 and 18:00. The situation was quickly handled and the cooling system was again operational from 18:00. The temperatures in the DC are now (20:00) close to ... ...

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 ...

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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