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Linux & Scientific Computing – Physics & Astronomy

Linux & Scientific Computing – Physics & Astronomy

Updates and news about Scientific Computing and Linux computational facilities in the School of Physics & Astronomy

Category: News & updates

We’ve finally finished upgrading all of Scientific Linux 7 desktop PCs to Ubuntu! In true Forth Rail Bridge style, we’re now looking at upgrading our Ubuntu Linux Platform from version 20.04 (Focal Fossa) to 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). This post will show you how can try out bits of Jammy now.

We made a few minor changes to the suite of packages we provide on our Ubuntu desktop & compute hosts during the Christmas break.

We’ve just upgraded the version of Slurm powering our School’s Slurm Compute Cluster from version 20.11 to version 22.05. Read on to find out what’s new, and learn about a change that may affect a very small number of users.

We’ve made a couple of minor improvements to the handy seff & sinfo-nodes Slurm utilities. Read on for more details.

We’ve refreshed some of the additional compilers we provide on our Ubuntu Linux platform. Read on for full details.

We’ve just added a new software package called Singularity to all hosts running our Ubuntu Linux Platform, including our Slurm Compute Cluster.

We recently purchased 7 new nodes for our Slurm Compute Cluster. 4 of these are available to use now. The remaining 3 will be available soon. We’ve also repurposed 3 nodes from our old SGE Compute Cluster. Read on for more details.

We’ve made a wee change to hopefully improve the performance of the OpenBLAS linear algebra library on our newer Linux hosts, including our newest Slurm compute nodes. Read on to find out more.

We’ve recently made one of our Linux compute hosts available as a “walk-in” host for all staff & PhD students in the School of Physics & Astronomy. It’s called staffrun01. Read on to find out more about how to use it.

We’ve been providing Microsoft’s “native” Linux Teams client on all of our Ubuntu Linux desktop PCs – including the CPLab PCs used for our undergraduate & MSc teaching – since we first rolled out our Ubuntu Linux Platform back in 2020. In September 2022, Microsoft announced that they’d be retiring their Linux Teams client in […]


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