Cardiff In Service & New Beta File Access Capability

Following yesterday’s planned maintenance, all systems have now returned to normal operation. We also have a new file access capability in beta status. Connecting via SFTP/SCP to scp.hpcwales.co.uk (aka sftp.hpcwales.co.uk) now enables access to all site home and scratch directories direct from outside the HPCW network. The following tables lists the locations of each: $USER […]

Cardiff HTC Cluster Upgrade Outage: 17-19 May 2016

The upgraded software stack that has been deployed over the last 8 months to HPCW systems has proven reliable and capable. Stack related issues have reduced substantially and system availability/user experience has improved as a result. It is therefore time to complete the transition to the new stack by upgrading the Cardiff HTC cluster to […]

Cardiff Outage, Thursday 18th February 2016

Home file store is a key part of the HPCW infrastructure. Unfortunately, the service deployed for this purpose has now reached and gone beyond the end of its manufacturer’s service and supported life. As such, in order that we can utilise a supported and maintained service, we must migrate to a new service. We will […]

Bangor Upgraded

The Bangor system has been upgraded to the new software stack. This represents a substantial upgrade for the Bangor system and it will extend its useful life significantly. As an HPCW Phase 1 system based on Intel Westmere technology, it was previously running Red Hat/CentOS 5.5 and the IBM Platform LSF cluster scheduler. The new […]

Bangor System: Upgrade Outage

Outage Announcement: Software Upgrade, Bangor: System Unavailable 4th January 2016 – 7th January 2016 The upgraded software stack that was deployed on the Swansea system in September has proven reliable and capable. Overall system availability has improved, as has performance and the user experience in job turnaround time. We are now in a position to […]

User Group Meeting 11/12/2015

We are pleased to announce that the next User Group meeting for academic researchers will take place via a multi-site video conference on Friday 11th December 2015 from 2pm – 4pm. Locations for the video conference will be as follows: Aberystwyth: Huw Owen Library, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DZ Bangor: Video Conferencing Room, Dean Street Building, […]

Improving the Service

It has now been more than two months since we performed the first cluster migration to the new software stack at Swansea. Generally, the migration has gone very well. We have had a hand full of support cases that required work to integrate existing application with the new software stack. However the cluster as a […]

Swansea Upgraded

This morning, we have re-opened the Swansea system to end-users after last week’s substantial software upgrade. The entire system software stack has now been updated or changed – operating system, cluster management and scheduler where we now deploy CentOS 6.7, xCAT 2.10 and Slurm 15.08. The last of these is the one which has most […]

Swansea Upgrade

As previously announced, we will decommission the current Swansea system for a full software upgrade this weekend. This will involve an outage going into the middle to latter part of next week. The current platform has served well, delivering more than 65 million hours to end-users in its 2 years in this form. It contains […]