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HPCS Peta 4

Information For Users Of The Service Catalogue

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For the most up-to-date information regarding IT Services at the University of Cambridge, please visit:

https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service

Peta 4 is the flagship supercomputer for RCS. It is comprised of 1152 nodes of traditional CPU, and 342 many-core CPUs. 

Features and Benefits

Features & Benefits 

System Features

  • Nationally available infrastructure via EPSRC, STFC-DiRAC, and Industry
  • 1152 Nodes built from Dell PowerEdge C6420 (C6320p for KNL)
  • Connects to the 5PB/s LustreFS shared with Wilkes2.

Skylake nodes contain:

  • 2 x Intel Xeon Skylake 6142 processors, 2.6GHz 16-core
  • 192GB RAM (Large mem nodes have 384GB RAM)
  • Single Rail Intel OPA 100Gbs
  • Theoretical peak performance: 2.662 TFlop/s.

KNL nodes contain:

  • 1 x Intel Xeon Phi 7210
  • 96GB RAM 
  • Single Rail Intel OPA 100Gbs.

How Much Does It Cost?

How much does it cost? 

Two levels of service are available:

  • a free service, with relatively restrictive per-job resource limits and a cap on total usage per quarter, or
  • fee-paying by core hour credit, with higher scheduling priority, less restrictive per-job resource limits, and no quarterly limitations

How Do I Get This Service?

How do I get this service? 

Details of the process of applying to use the service are available on the website.

How Quickly Can I Get This Service?

How quickly can I get this service? 

The lead time for obtaining an account on Peta 4 is a maximum of a week, subject to authorisation by the applicant's Principal Investigator.

Support Details & Contact Information

Support Details & Contact Information 

If you have submitted an application for resources on the new Peta 4 system and have heard nothing after one week, or for any other support, please contact the team via

Email: support@hpc.cam.ac.uk 
Tel: 01223 (7)63517

(for opening times, see Supported Service Hours)

Available Service Hours

When is this service available? 

The service is available 24/7.

Supported Service Hours

Supported Service Hours 

The service is supported:

Monday - Friday: 09:00-17:00

(excluding UK Bank Holidays and University closures)

Service supplier
UIS