Foundation HPC-Skills Training Course

Foundation HPC-Skills Training Course Oct-Nov 2023 This course will cover the fundamental skills to enable you to use a DiRAC system. Including a version control system like Git, a workload manager like Slurm, and introducing concepts in software engineering. Objective  The learner will be able to: Summary of work undertaken The course will run from […]

DiRAC’s Memory Intensive Service at Durham helps scientists produce the largest and most accurate virtual representation of the universe to date.

The SIBELIUS Project ran their constrained realisation simulation, “SIBELIUS-DARK”, over several weeks and produced over one Petabyte of data. This simulation recreates the formation of our current Universe out to 200 Mpc, starting from the Big Bang. It is a Dark-Matter-only simulation using a semi-analytic galaxy formation model, ‘Galform’. Individual massive galaxy clusters we see […]

DiRAC-3 Systems

DiRAC has procured 3 new systems situated on our four sites. The new Extreme Scaling at Edinburgh, Data Intensive at Cambridge and Leicester, and Memory Intensive at Durham. Data Intensive System (DIaC,DIaL) This service is a general purpose system for codes that are neither CPU centric or Memory centric. This service is spread across two […]

Atos supercomputer to help unlock secrets of the Universe

Atos today announces it has been awarded a contract by the University of Edinburgh to deliver its supercomputer, the BullSequana XH2000, the most energy-efficient supercomputing system on the market. This is the largest system dedicated to GPU computing deployed at a customer site in the UK.  The new system will constitute the Extreme Scaling Service of […]

Dark matter is slowing the spin of the Milky Way’s galactic bar

The spin of the Milky Way’s galactic bar, made up of billions of clustered stars, has slowed by about a quarter since its formation, according to a new study by UCL and University of Oxford scientists. The research, which made use of DiRAC’s CSD3 petascale HPC platform, analysed Gaia space telescope observations of a large […]

The charming strangeness of the W boson

Theorists in the HPQCD collaboration have pinned down Vcs, a key parameter of the Standard Model, using STFC’s DiRAC Data Intensive supercomputer at Cambridge. Vcs is determined from combining the theoretical calculation with results from particle physics experiments around the world for the proportion of D mesons that decay to a K meson in a […]