HPC Server Hosting
Some units within Newcastle University have a requirement for HPC (High Performance Computing). In most cases this can be met by using the Newcastle University centralised HPC Service, Rocket or by using national HPC services (N8). Occasionally HPC technical requirements may not be met by these services.
The service allows these machines which fall outside of the Central HPC service or the N8 to be located in a secure, climate-controlled environment without the individual unit needing to install and maintain the supporting equipment.
This service is solely the provision of power, cooling and access control.
- Secure location for IT equipment with controlled and monitored access
- Stable environmental conditions
University Research Groups with the support of their computing officer.
The data centre operates continuously through operational issues that will require occasional outages (for major power or cooling work). Any such disruptive works will normally be advertised at least two weeks ahead and scheduled to minimise disruption.
Physical access to servers is only possible on working days between 09:00 and 16:30.
Level of Service
Data centre temperature is monitored continuously and staff alerted when it falls outside the acceptable range.
Data centre power supply is monitored and staff alerted on failure.
Equipment hosted by this service is not connected to the data centre’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS). If some of the equipment requires protection from power loss the server owner will need to provide and maintain a dedicated UPS unit.
Support and Documentation
Enquiries about the service should be sent to the IT Service Desk (0191 208 5999 or https://nuservice.ncl.ac.uk ).
- Enquiries about using the service should be sent to the IT Service Desk (0191 208 5999 or https://nuservice.ncl.ac.uk ).
- You will be contacted within three working days to discuss your requirements.
- The requirements will be assessed along with the current data centre capacity (power, space, cooling) and you will be informed if your equipment can be accommodated within 10 working days.
- Initial installation requests can only be made after the successful completion of an initial consultation.
- Requests for access for initial installation should be sent to the IT Service Desk (0191 208 5999 or https://nuservice.ncl.ac.uk ) with a set of preferred dates for installation.
- You will be contacted within three working days to confirm dates and requirements.
- As part of this process, a server owner (or owners) will be agreed. This person will be the primary contact with the IT Service about the service and will be the only person authorised to change the access list.
There are two options for physical access to equipment.
a. Accompanied access:
- Requests for access should be sent to the IT Service Desk (0191 208 5999 or https://nuservice.ncl.ac.uk ) with a set of preferred dates and times for access.
- You will be contacted within one working day to confirm arrangements.
- Requests which do not come from someone on the access list will be refused.
a. Unaccompanied access:
- Staff with smartcard access to the data centre can visit the data centre without being accompanied by staff from the IT Service.
- This access is only possible on working days between 09:00 and 16:30.
Removal of equipment
As for physical access.
Changing access list
- Requests to change the access list should be sent to the IT Service Desk (0191 208 5999 or https://nuservice.ncl.ac.uk ) by the server owner.
- If the change is an addition then the people to be added will be contacted within three working days to arrange a basic induction session before they are added to the list.
- If unaccompanied access is required a more detailed induction session will be required. Once that is complete the member of staff will be added to the smartcard access list for the data centre.
- If the change is a removal then the request will be made within one working day.
System administration (including backups, operating system installation, configuration, maintenance and replacement of failed components) remains the responsibility of the owning group.
Staff with access to the data centre must follow the guidelines given in the induction session.
The electricity bill for the University is currently paid centrally so the IT Service does not charge for this service.