Advanced Computing Facility
Posted: 1 Feb 2021 | 12:10
Since 2005, the Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) has housed all the major systems managed by EPCC. It has expanded and evolved since its creation, becoming one of the most innovative and efficient facilities of its kind in the world.
The building and its internals have changed greatly since I started in February 2018, as part of a drive to ensure that our wider master planning for the site is reflected in what visitors see. This includes a video wall using Raspberry Pis and PiWall software to allow us demonstrate HPC visualisations to visitors.
We are developing a site-wide Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) approach which allows us to view real-time data or room and system performance on screens outside of different rooms and on our video wall.
In addition, the ACF has had significant investment over the years, most recently with the creation of Computer Room 4, the home of the new Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF). We also host and support a number of other HPC systems at the ACF, such as the National Tier-2 system, Cirrus. The first phase of the next UK national supercomputing service, ARCHER2, has also been installed.
Posted: 29 Jan 2021 | 11:03
EPCC's Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) was born through necessity – but the opportunity was taken to create an expandable and highly-efficient facility that attracted future business including national computing services. Mike Brown, EPCC’s Director of HPC Operations until 2017, gives an overview of the development of this unique building.
Posted: 28 Nov 2019 | 09:31
Building on existing excellence, our new high resiliency room will provide the state-of-the-art computing and data storage infrastructure needed to develop the technologies that will underpin data-driven innovation.
The Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) is a core component of the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme that forms an integral part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal investment proposition.