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Durham University

Advanced Research Computing

Northern Intensive Computing Environment

ARC hosts the Tier 2 supercomputer Bede, a facility of the N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR). Bede is named after the English Benedictine monk who lived in the 7th century.

Bede comprises of 32 IBM Power 9 dual-CPU nodes, each with 4 NVIDIA V100 GPUs and high performance interconnect. This is the same architecture as the US government’s SUMMIT and SIERRA supercomputers which occupied the top two places in a recently published list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

Bede is the first supercomputer in the UK to make use of IBM’s Power IC922 server; making use of 6 additional nodes with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPU Accelerators to improve AI inference.

More information on Bede can be found on the N8 CIR website. If you want to make use of Bede's supercomputing capabilities, have a look at the documentation page and find out how to get support.