About

The HPC Team

Started in the Shared ICT Services Centre in 2017 that served ULB and VUB for 4 years, the HPC team emerged as a separate and uniquely defined group of people. Since April 2021, the HPC team is integrated into the DICT department of VUB as a new entity.

Ward Poelmans

  • HPC Team Lead

  • System Administrator

  • VSC Operational Team

Background

Ph.D. Physics

Contact

Ward.Poelmans@vub.be

Samuel Moors

  • User Support

  • Software Optimization

  • HPC Teaching

Background

Ph.D. Chemistry

Contact

Samuel.Moors@vub.be

Alex Domingo

  • User Support

  • Software Optimization

  • Hardware Maintenance

Background

Ph.D. Computational Chemistry

Contact

Alex.Domingo.Toro@vub.be

Stéphane Gerard

  • Platform Development

  • Member of IIHE

Background

Master in Physics

Contact

Stephane.Gerard@vub.be

Services

VSC Tier-2 Cluster: Hydra

Hydra is a general purpose cluster targeting all workload types (single core, SMP, MPI, GPU) and evolves in a continuous upgrade model. As a Tier-2 cluster, its purpose is twofold

  • Offer a performant and versatile computing platform to the VSC community

  • Serve as bedrock in the progression path of computational researchers, offering a friendly environment for development and testing

Trainings

VUB-HPC organises regular trainings on technologies related to the HPC platform. These trainings consists in single sessions to introduce methods and tools required fot the day-to-day use of the cluster.

  • Introduction to Linux: single session, once per semester

  • Introduction to HPC: single session, once per semester

More information is available in our documentation on Training courses.

User Support

Our team is directly involved in supporting the users of our HPC platform. We provide assistance with

VSC Accounts

Account creation, connection to the cluster, Virtual Organizations, storage and data management

Software in the HPC

Software optimization, software updates, troubleshooting of job errors, custom software solutions for research groups

Tier-1

Revision of project submissions, troubleshooting of errors, software optimization