BlueCrystal Phase 4

Phase 4 was primarily designed for large parallel jobs and work requiring the Nvidia P100 GPUs.

BlueCrystal Phase 4 (BC4) is now available to all HPC users at the University of Bristol it is capable of up to 600 trillion calculations per second.  Please email hpc-help@bristol.ac.uk if you need access to BC4.

The BlueCrystal Phase 4 user guide also lists the software installed on BC4.

BlueCrystal Phase 4 Hardware

Phase 4 has the following technology:

  • Each of the 525 Lenovo nx360 m5 compute nodes has two 14 core 2.4 GHz Intel E5-2680 v4 (Broadwell) CPUs, and 128 GiB of RAM.
  • There are 17 extra high memory nodes, each of which has 512 GiB of RAM.
  • There are 32 GPU nodes with two cards each, plus 1 GPU in a login node, totalling 65 GPUs.

 

BlueCrystal Phase 3

BC3 was retired in December 2021.

BlueCrystal Phase 3 Hardware

BlueCrystal Phase 3 has the following specification:

  • 223 base blades which have 16 x 2.6 GHz SandyBridge cores, 4GB/core and a 1TB SATA disk.
  • There are an additional 100 identical nodes that can host dual GPGPUs. At present we have 76 NVIDIA K20 in 38 nodes.
  • 18 large memory nodes each containing 256GB of memory and 16 processors.

BlueCrystal technical specifications

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