Matlab is a widely used tool in research, thanks in part to the ability to quickly develop code to test solutions without (necessarily) needing to be a expert coder, and a wealth of toolboxes and functions from image and signal processing, to bioinformatics, econometrics and robotics. However, Matlab can be quite resource hungry and if you find your PC struggling or yourself waiting for Matlab to finish processing before doing other things on your computer, or even if you just want to get your Matlab tasks running more quickly and efficiently, then you might want to think about using Matlab on Viper. Why? Continue reading “Matlab on Viper”
Work has continued on my Intern project, with the virtual cluster completed, I tested various different backup solutions to use with Ceph e.g. BackupPC and BorgBackup. I have also looked into benchmarking the Ceph cluster once installed using tools such as rados bench and fio. The Hard drives for the compute nodes have arrived for the cluster so the next stage will be installing the new hard drives into Viper’s compute nodes ready for the installation of Ceph. Continue reading “Projects, Placements and Fun”
I’m sitting in a hotel lobby in Amsterdam catching up on work emails and putting the finishing touches to our latest newsletter which will be out shortly. The newsletter celebrates a year of research on Viper, having gone live on the 28th June 2016. It has been a fantastic journey over the last year, meeting new users, hearing of the impact Viper can have on someones research and seeing research outputs published.
The whole team participated in an ITIL Foundation Course. The 3-day ‘Marathon’ gave the whole team a great understanding in ITIL.
The training concluded with an ITIL Foundation exam and I’m pleased to report that everyone on the team passed!
Hull Science Festival – Parallel Rendering with 4 Rapsberry Pis
For the 2017 Hull Science festival we have produced a demonstration of parallel computing using 4 Raspberry Pi 3 computers rendering a ray traced image and shown the difference by running the same render on a single Raspberry Pi.
Over the last month, the team and I have been working on numerous projects.
Earlier this month we received the final copy of the Video for the UCISA conference, the team were very impressed with the final video, and feel it gives a great overview of Viper. The video is available on YouTube:
Writing code is not easy.
If you are a researcher and have to write code, especially if you are not from a computer science background, then I salute you.
I have spent the last 4 years (6 years if you include my time at the Open University) studying for an MEng in Software Engineering. I can tell you with certainty that it is not an easy task. I’d like to tell you about something that is even harder than writing code: Reading and maintaining poorly written code! Continue reading “Write maintainable research code with these 3 weird tricks!”
January has been a busy month for the Viper team; involving website updates, filming a video, our first Viper user forum and HPC updates.
Over the holiday period Viper ticked over 7 million research core hours, the research community has reached this level in just 7 months since installation highlighting the amazing uptake. Continue reading “Benchmarking Viper”
The 2-day training course with Clustervision was very informative. The training covered all aspects of Viper from layout of racks to containers and start up and shutdown procedures and helpfully answered any questions we had. Continue reading “Formula One, Computing Insight, Curry and HPC”
My First few months working on Viper have offered me great insight into the world of HPC, from system administration to coding.
When I was first introduced to Viper I was wowed by its size and the noise from the cooling fans, it is essential to wear ear defenders if you’re in the room for any length of time! When working on a PC in the command line, it’s easy to feel detached from the fact that code/jobs are running on Viper! Continue reading “My First Months Working on Viper”