UH astronomers benefit from excellent local computing facilities. In addition to the high-specification desktop or laptop machine provided to all researchers, we have a local Linux cluster with a total of 864 computing cores (organized as 48 blades with 8 cores each and 24 Gb RAM, 32 blades with 12 cores and 24 Gb RAM plus 2 SMP machines with 48 cores each and 256 Gb RAM, all linked with InfiniBand for low-latency, high-bandwidth inter-process communication). Over 100 Tb of fast central storage is available.
Computing projects pursued by UH astronomers include:
- Studies of galaxy formation and evolution
- Markov-Chain Monte Carlo parameter estimation
- High-volume data reduction for surveys.
- High-energy inverse-Compton modelling
- Numerical hydrodynamics
Our high-performance computing facilities are shared with the Centre for Atmospheric & Instrumentation Research (CAIR) and the School of Computer Science. Users internal to the University can get more information here.
We also have access to the Legion supercomputer at UCL as members of the Miracle Consortium.