ITS Research FAQ regarding use of services during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on Thu 19 March 2020 in news by Simon Butcher

As a result of the large-scale shift to remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been asked various questions relating to computational research, which we'll try to address here.


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Apocrita newsletter, March 2020

Posted on Sun 01 March 2020 in news by Simon Butcher

Here is a round-up of recent QMUL HPC cluster news from the ITS Research team, including information about new compute nodes.


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Christmas Closure 2019

Posted on Fri 20 December 2019 in news by Tom Bradford

Please note that due to college closure for Christmas, there will be minimal customer support after Monday 23rd Dec 2019 until the college re-opens on the 2nd January 2020. Please exercise awareness of any impact your jobs may be having during this time, and practice good cluster etiquette. Any support …


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Modules Update December 2019

Posted on Wed 11 December 2019 in news by Tom Bradford

Since the last module update in August, we have added 23 modules to dev, added 22 modules to production and removed 4 modules. Read on for complete list of changes.


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Modules Update August 2019

Posted on Fri 09 August 2019 in news by Tom Bradford

Since the last update in April, we have updated the following module files:

Application Name Application Version Arch Status Set as Default?
abaqus 2019 x86_64 moved from dev to production no
anaconda2 2019.03 ppc64le added to dev N/A
anaconda3 2019.03 ppc64le added to dev N/A
ansys …

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Simplification of parallel queues on Apocrita

Posted on Thu 27 June 2019 in news by Simon Butcher

We are simplifying the way that the multi-node parallel jobs are run on the cluster.

Currently, users wishing to run multi-node MPI jobs on the public queues must choose beforehand whether to run on the nxv parallel nodes or the sdv parallel nodes, and to configure the job accordingly for …


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Cluster Update Summary

Posted on Wed 12 June 2019 in news by Simon Butcher

As part of our commitment to providing stable and manageable systems, here is a round-up of some recent updates we have been working on behind the scenes:

1) Upgrade of all HPC cluster nodes to CentOS 7.6

Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed a few …


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Storage Upgrade 19th - 20th June 2019

Posted on Wed 12 June 2019 in news by Peter Childs

Apocrita Research Data Storage: Notice of "at risk" period

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June 2019.

We will be performing essential firmware updates and patching to the storage system on the Apocrita HPC Cluster. This is to finalise the upgrade work we have been caring out over recent months.

We …


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GitHub Enterprise Maintenance 02/05/2019

Posted on Fri 26 April 2019 in news by Tom Bradford

On Thursday 02/05/2019 at 10:00 the GitHub Enterprise instance will be taken down for maintenance to increase the disk capacity that contains user data as it is currently over 80% full.

The maintenance should take around 1 hour. During that time you will not be able to …


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Modules Update April 2019

Posted on Fri 26 April 2019 in news by Tom Bradford

Since the last update in March, we have updated the following module files:

Updates to the Production Environment

  • Added anaconda2 2018.12
  • Added anaconda3 2018.12
  • Added cellranger 3.0.2
  • Added nagfor 6.2
  • Moved perl5lib to perl5lib/5.26.0
  • Added relion 3.0 and 3.0-gpu
  • Added …

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