DiRAC2: 100 Tflop/s HPC cluster procurement

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

This award covers the capital cost of procuring a 100 Tflop/s HPC cluster to be hosted at University of Leicester as part of the DiRAC2 facility.

Planned Impact

The pathways to impact for the project are as agreed at the DiRAC PMB meeting on 21 November 2011.

Publications

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Acreman D (2015) Modelling multiwavelength observational characteristics of bow shocks from runaway early-type stars in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Agertz O (2020) EDGE: the mass-metallicity relation as a critical test of galaxy formation physics in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Alexander R (2015) Magnetospheres of hot Jupiters: hydrodynamic models and ultraviolet absorption in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Ali A (2019) Massive star feedback in clusters: variation of the FUV interstellar radiation field in time and space in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Aly Hossam (2015) Misaligned gas discs around eccentric black hole binaries and implications for the final-parsec problem in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Aly Hossam (2015) Misaligned gas discs around eccentric black hole binaries and implications for the final-parsec problem in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

 
Description Many new results about black holes, galaxy formation and evolution, star formation and evolution have been made possible by the grant.
Exploitation Route Many academic collaborations are supported by the HPC resources of DiRAC.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

URL http://www.dirac.ac.uk
 
Description The DiRAC facility is being widely used by researchers across the UK. We are working closely with industrial partners to design our future systems - this interaction is expected to lead to collaborative technical projects. A significant fractino of our graduating PhD students have gone into many branches of industry, including aerospace, defence and the games industry.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description DiRAC2: Recurrent Costs for 100 Tflop/s HPC cluster
Amount £391,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/K003259/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2012 
End 01/2016
 
Description Royal Astronomical Society's Undergraduate Research Bursary
Amount £1,200 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Astronomical Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Description DiRAC 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Department Distributed Research Utilising Advanced Computing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am the PI for two research grants for the procurement and running of the Complexity@DiRAC High Performance Computing cluster at the University of Leicester. This cluster is now in active operation as a national HPC facility.
Collaborator Contribution DiRAC is the facility which provides HPC resources for the theoretical astrophysics and particle physics communities within STFC.
Impact The establishment and running of a new HPC cluster at the University of Leicester as part of the DiRAC national facility.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Astronomy Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I spoke to about 100 people at the Astronomy Ireland meeting in November 2013 in Trinity College Dublin.

My talk was very well received and I have been invited to give another talk to this audience at a later date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.astronomy.ie/lecture201311.php
 
Description BBC Stargazing Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentations as part of the BBC Stargazing Live at the National Space Centre and at the University of Leicester, attended by approximately 50 people (2011), 50 people (2012), 300 people (2013), 100 people (2014). The presentation generated lots of questions and discussion from the audience.

Local schools had an opportunity to visit the University which is good for inclusivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description Cafe Scientifique 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I spoke to the Nottingham Cafe Scientifique about various aspects of the research that myself and others are doing with DiRAC. About 40 people attended. I gave a 25 minute presentation which was followed by more than an hour of questions and discussion.

One audience member wrote a blog piece about my talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://nottinghamscience.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/talk-building-galaxies-in-office.html
 
Description Royal Society Summer Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Over the course of the four day, more than 600 people attended my talks. The Friday evening presentation was followed by more than an hour of audience questions.

Several audience members contacted me to ask additional questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description School Visit (Dublin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Approximately 90 primary school students (3 classes) aged 8-12 years old attended my talks in Rathfarnham Parish National School.

Following my visit, a number of students expressed interest in pursuing a career in science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Secular Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Spoke to about 50 members of the Leicester Secular Society.

My talk generated considerable discussion among the members of the LSS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/calendar/view_entry.php?id=1145&date=20121209