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December 16th: Coming soon: another large multicore node for the NextGen cluster

Thanks to the generosity of Gunnar Pruessner and the Excellence Fund in Frontier Research (EFFR), another node has been purchased for the NextGen cluster and is being physically installed in the South Kensington data centre on Wednesday, December 16th. Identical to the macomp17 node but with twice the installed memory, the new macomp19 node is a Dell PowerEdge R815 server with four 16 core Opteron CPUs - providing a total of 64 processor cores - and 512 GB of memory.

This is the first expansion of this cluster in a long time and brings a welcome boost in large memory/multi-processor capabilities to the cluster. Once installed work will continue in installing software and intergrating the new node into the cluster and it is expected to be available for use by the end of the week (December 19th).

No other work is scheduled for the forseeable future

Andy Thomas

Research Computing Manager,
Department of Mathematics

last updated: 14.12.2020