Apocrita, QMUL's High Performance Computing Cluster

Submitted by thomas_king on Mon, 07/22/2019 - 11:59

Apocrita is a 5000+ core heterogeneous high performance computing cluster owned by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The cluster is managed by the Research IT team of IT Services. It was established in 2012 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as one of the 5 regional Tier-2 Computing Centres of Excellence, through the MidPlus consortium (the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Warwick and QMUL) The cluster has been repeatedly expanded through smaller awards and through an internal funding mechanism from 2012. Apocrita has now grown to underpin a wide range of computationally intensive research within the institution. although GridPP and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science continue to manage additional facilities. The majority of computational capacity of the cluster is free at the point of use, though researchers can purchase additional nodes for prioritised access. The largest user group by CPU usage are researchers from the life sciences, which covers both our School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Chemical and Biological Sciences. Genomics workloads may represent half the usage of the cluster. Other significant user groups include computational fluid dynamics and planetary modelling. In many cases, Apocrita, acts as a gateway environment to allow users to test their workloads in preparation to moving a EPSRC Tier 2 facilities of which QMUL is a member (e.g. Thomas, the MMM Hub; Athena, Midlands Plus; and JADE, the Joint National GPU Facility) as well as national and international facilities (e.g. eMedLab, ARCHER, JASMIN and PRACE)

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E-Infrastructure & Data
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