Welcome to the QMUL HPC documentation site

Legacy Documentation for SL6 cluster (old Apocrita)

This site provides documentation for the latest Apocrita cluster running Centos7 and Univa Grid Engine. The older cluster running the SL6 operating system is being phased out and nodes are being migrated across. Documentation relevant to the older cluster is available at our legacy documentation site.

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This site is designed to support the High Performance Computing services provided by the ITS Research group at Queen Mary University of London, and provide information on usage, policy and best practices, alongside application documentation, in order to maximise cluster efficiency and total research output.

Apocrita

Apocrita is a 260+ node heterogeneous HPC Cluster running Centos 7 Linux managed by ITS Research at Queen Mary University of London, located in the Jisc Shared data centre in Slough.

Why use Apocrita?

Using an HPC cluster can substantially reduce the time taken to compute problems by running analyses in parallel or breaking them up into pieces. Both strategies allow for the problem to be worked on by many separate compute cores (CPUs) at the same time.

The Apocrita system has been specifically designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of research in the areas of our three faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Medicine and Dentistry.

Citing apocrita in your research

Published research should reference this facility using:

This research utilised Queen Mary's Apocrita HPC facility, supported by QMUL Research-IT. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.438045

Getting started

New cluster accounts for eligible users can be requested here, there are also sections on how to log in, change your password, submit a job, and a description of the various nodes available on the cluster.

There is also a current list of installed applications and how to use some of the more popular ones.

QMUL users can optionally request a Github only account, which provides access to QMUL Github Enterprise but not to Apocrita.

Getting help

For assistance, please see the Getting Help page for what information to supply when contacting us.