Data Security: A Hot Topic

On Wednesday 14th March we held the second in our series of Digital Research Conversations on Data Security. With the upcoming changes in Data Protection regulations (GDPR) in May on everyone’s minds, it seemed to be a popular subject to discuss. The majority of our attendees were from the Medical School, understandably as they deal … Continue reading “Data Security: A Hot Topic”

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The Hacker Within

On Monday 19th March the BEAR team supported the launch of The Hacker Within (THW), a group designed to enable people interested in coding to share practice, skills and ask questions on research computing and data science. Having booked a room for 30 people, we were amazed to see a turnout of around 70 (and … Continue reading “The Hacker Within”

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MATLAB Seminar

In February we held a seminar for around 50 staff and students to learn how to utilise MATLAB software for their research. We invited MathWorks to the university, to give an overview of MATLAB and some of its key features and tools. Bulat Khusainov gave a really useful insight, covering parallelisation, processing on multiple cores … Continue reading “MATLAB Seminar”

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Important! ****Extended Service Impacts for BEAR May 17th to May 26th 2018****

Summary of BEAR Services affected BlueBEAR HPC : Reduced service BEAR Cloud ( VM ) : No service CaStLeS compute ( VM and Batch) : No service CaStLeS unreplicated storage : No service BEAR GitLab : No service Detail of BEAR migration (!) Just a ‘heads-up’ about the forthcoming migration of BEAR infrastructure from Elms … Continue reading “Important! ****Extended Service Impacts for BEAR May 17th to May 26th 2018****”

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BEAR Service Outage/Disruption for Essential Data Centre Maintenance – April 12th – April 16th 2018

Summary [April 12th – April 16th 2018]  IT Services with Estates engineers will be carrying out essential maintenance to the power supplies to the University’s primary Data Centre during the second weekend in April which will entail a total power down of the centre. Additionally, they will carry out the annual fire systems testing postponed … Continue reading “BEAR Service Outage/Disruption for Essential Data Centre Maintenance – April 12th – April 16th 2018”

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BEAR Services Available during the Data Centre Migration

**Thursday 17th May to Saturday 26th May 2018** Affected Services A limited BlueBEAR service (the Linux HPC batch processing system), using the residual 1300 air-cooled cores. Additional restrictions will apply during migration to share the available resources fairly. Detail to be confirmed. CaStLeS – access to replicated storage/data only. VMs and Batch processing will NOT … Continue reading “BEAR Services Available during the Data Centre Migration”

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The first steps of BEAR Software

I started at the University in November, having previously been a researcher (both PhD and postdoc) at a different university. I’ve moved from being the one asking IT Services for both services and support to the one who provides these to others and it has been an interesting, busy, and varied first three months. During … Continue reading “The first steps of BEAR Software”

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Data centre progress

We posted a little while ago about the data centre being built to support research computing and storage systems, well since November this site has come on massively! First, the bad news, due to the snow and poor weather in December and early January, the project is a little behind schedule so we have pushed … Continue reading “Data centre progress”

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