Viking - Research computing cluster

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Viking is a cluster aimed at users who require a platform for development and the execution of compute jobs. Viking hardware and most of the software is managed by Alces.

The Research computing team are responsible for installing user applications and providing support with user code running on Viking.

Overview

Eligibility

Access is available to all members of staff and students conducting research at the University.

To request access Project PIs need to submit a project application form to obtain a project code. See How to access Viking for further details.

Further information about Viking, including how to access and use Viking can be found in our wiki page.

What's included

  • 137 standard nodes
    • 2 cpus per node
    • Intel Xeon 6138 20-core 2.0 GHz (40 cores)
    • 192 GB RAM
  • 33 high memory nodes
    • 2 cpus per node
    • Intel Xeon 6138 20-core 2.0 GHz (40 cores)
    • 384 GB RAM
  • 2 large compute nodes
    • 4 cpus per node
    • Intel Xeon 6130 16-core 2.1 GHz (64 cores)
    • 768 GB RAM
  • 1 very large compute node
    • 4 cpus per node
    • Intel Xeon Platinum 8160 24-core 2.1GHz (96 cores)
    • 1.5 TB RAM
  • 2 GPU nodes
    • 2 cpus per node
    • Intel Xeon 6138 20-core 2.0 GHz (40 cores)
    • 384 GB RAM
    • 4 x NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB SXM2
  • 2 login nodes
    • 2 cpus per node
    • Intel Xeon 6138 20-core 2.0 GHz (40 cores)
    • 192 GB RAM
  • High speed interconnect
    • Mellanox EDR 100 Gb Infiniband with 2:1 over-subscription
  • High performance filestore
    • Lustre filestore
      • 2,556 TB usable capacity
      • sustained 12 GB/sec write performance
    • 48 TB of NVME-backed burst-buffer filesystem
      • sustained 18 GB/sec write performance

 

Charges and billing

No Charge, although we request that if Viking is used in your research please acknowledge this in publications. See Information for grants and acknowledgements for further details.

Accessing Viking

Access is available to all members of staff and students conducting research at the University. 

To request access Project Pls need to submit a project application form to obtain a project code. See VK1 How to access Viking for further details. If you need further assistance please contact the IT Support Office at itsupport@york.ac.uk.

Help & troubleshooting

Help

Library & IT Help Desk

If you're having problems using the Viking computing cluster, get in touch with the Library & IT Help Desk.

Our commitments

Service status Live and supported service.
Hours of service 24/7
Service support Contact the IT support office at itsupport@york.ac.uk.
Hours of support 9am to 5pm weekdays.
Target availability

General IT Services targets:

Fault Management Alces manage the cluster. Alces are responsible for most of the Viking hardware and software. The university of York is responsible for issues relating to software installs.
Review cycle Use and capacity will be constantly reviewed.
Our performance

Our service standards have been produced in consultation with our customers, and monitor the quality, timeliness and access to facilities and services:

Complaints procedure

If you wish to give us general feedback on this service, please see our Feedback page for ways to get in touch.