Computing Resources

The work of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group relies heavily on high performance computing for numerical simulations and data analysis. The University of Leicester hosts the Complexity node of the DiRAC2 national high performance computing facility, funded by BIS & STFC. Complexity now has more than 7000 cores, with all-to-all connectivity and 8GB RAM per core. The facility went live on 1st December 2012 and the Theoretical Astrophysics Group has been awarded sufficient CPU time for our computing needs over the lifetime of the facility. Our group has an ambitious program of numerical simulations which will take full advantage of this new facility. All students will be given access to this state of the art cluster in order to carry out the numerical work associated with their PhD projects.

In addition, the group remain among the biggest users of the University of Leicester HPC facility Alice. Alice was originally set up following the award of a £300k BIS grant in 2010 to support the HPC requirements of the Theoretical Astrophysics group, and has recently been upgraded to more than 4000 cores. All members of the group have full access this facility.

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