High Performance Computing

The MRI and MEG scanners in CUBRIC have demanding computing requirements, in terms of data storage, data backup and processing capabilities. Typically, data analysis times are at least 10 times greater than the acquisition time, so provision of an appropriate and scalable IT environment for CUBRIC is essential for delivering optimal research productivity. This is provided by a high-performance compute cluster coupled to a large storage array and fast quad-core workstations.

The CUBRIC cluster is the largest in the UK that is completely dedicated to Neuroimaging applications. It consists of over 100 compute nodes, each equipped with 12 CPU cores and 192GB of RAM. A conservative estimate puts the performance of the CUBRIC cluster at 14 TFLOPS (trillion operations per second).

CUBRIC services include a remote desktop interface that allows researchers and collaborators to connect to our facility from any internet connected computer.
This allow us to keep all data within CUBRIC and to provide a coherent working environment. The service is hosted on a dedicated pool of virtual machines.
Together with the cluster and the workstations, CUBRIC also houses a 1PB (1,000TB) high capacity multi site redundant storage system.

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What is High Performace Computing?

The research that is carried out in CUBRIC requires complex analysis of large volumes of data. High Performance Computing (HPC) allows researchers to find results that would take years of computations on standard computers within hours or days. This is essential to our workflow, where we can rapidly test new ideas and push forward new hypotheses on the functioning of the brain. In addition, the precious data acquired in CUBRIC are curated and shared to facilitate national and international collaboration within our research area.