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Opening celebration of GELIFES addition to Peregrine cluster

02 November 2018

Last Wednesday, October 31st, we celebrated the official opening of the GELIFES addition to the Peregrine cluster. The GELIFES institute has always been one of the top users of Peregrine; in order to run even more jobs and decrease the waiting times for their jobs, they were interested in investing in some dedicated machines.

This has resulted in a nice collaboration, as was highlighted during the opening celebration by both Anke Breeuwsma on behalf of the CIT, and Ton Groothuis, scientific director of GELIFES. After a short presentation by Bob Dröge, describing the hardware of the new machines and how they can be (exclusively) used by GELIFES users, Joke Bakker from GELIFES performed the official opening. We continued the celebration over some drinks, and everyone had the chance to take a look at the new nodes during a tour to the server room at Landleven.

The new machines have already been used by a few test users, and they are extremely happy with them. In fact, as Ton Groothuis pointed out, the researchers can now run many more jobs than ever before, which allows them to do a lot of extra work in analyzing the results of all these extra jobs. But, obviously, the best quote of the day was from one of the users, who told us that "Peregrine is more user-friendly than the Odyssey HPC cluster at Harvard".

Finally, the way these 15 machines have been integrated in the existing Peregrine infrastructure brings several benefits for both parties, for instance with respect to managing and maintaining the machines, and making existing software installations and storage facilities available to the end users. Hopefully, it can serve as a nice and successful showcase for other research groups or institutes that are interested in investing in dedicated high performance computing infrastructure.

Last modified:02 November 2018 2.04 p.m.

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