Infrastructure

VUB-HPC is a member of the Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum (VSC), a partnership between the five Flemish universities and their university associations to provide HPC resources to the academic and industrial community in Flanders.

VSC Tier-2

As a member of VSC, all researchers in VUB and UZ Brussel can access all Tier-2 clusters in the VSC network.

Full list of Tier-2 clusters is available in VSC Docs: Tier-2 Hardware

Hydra

Hydra is the local VSC Tier-2 cluster managed by VUB-HPC. It is a general purpose heterogeneous cluster that is maintained under a policy of permanent upgrades. Therefore, over the years it had gained several features:

  • >1000 Intel CPU cores for generic compute

  • 24x Nvidia GPUs

  • Hi-memory node with 1.5 Tb of RAM

  • Fast InfiniBand Interconnect (EDR)

Detailed hardware information is available in VSC Docs: Hydra Hardware

VSC Tier-1

Tier-1 clusters offer computational resources in a bigger scale to tackle bigger problems

  • large parallel computing jobs that require a high-bandwidth low-latency interconnect

  • large arrays of jobs with a multitude of small independent tasks

As a member of VSC, all researchers in VUB and UZ Brussel can request access to any of the Tier-1 clusters in the VSC network. Resources in Tier-1 are granted to research projects that need the large scale HPC and can efficiently use its computational resources. More information in Getting Access.

Full list of Tier-1 clusters is available in VSC Docs: Tier-1 Hardware