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Welcome to Simurg! Simurg is Massey's premier high performance computing cluster - previously known as Marvin, owned and maintained by New Zealand Insitute of Advanced Study (NZIAS) and its Centre for Theoretical Chemistry & Physics (CTCP). The heaviest users come from CTCP and INMS, however user accounts & cpu-time are freely available for all Massey University's College of Science members and their research collaborators.



So…what's with the weird name? Simurg represents a branding of top high performance scientific computing performed at Massey. The name comes from Persian myths about a chimera of parts peacock, lion, and dog. Like its namesake, the research on Simurg is chimerical: projects in quantum chemistry, molecular biology, theoretical physics, photonic engineering, and nonlinear mathematics all have a home here; if you have computationally scientific requirements at Massey, Simurg is for you! According to legends, the creature had seen the world's rebirth several times over - current Marvin node upgrades are the fourth incarnation of the original Helix cluster at Massey. The creature was seen as a symbol of purification and fertility - emulated by the pure nature of the research performed on Simurg, and by the amount of publications it makes possible. So let's spread our wings, flex our claws, and start barking…


  • 25/03/2015: SIMURG GOES LIVE!


  • 19/03/2015: Most requested software installed at /cm/shared/apps.
  • 13/03/2015: Addressed a switching TARFUN, back to SNAFU. Launch imminent.
  • 11/03/2015: Simurg head transferred into Rack 622. Marvin head node back up.
  • 10/03/2015: Rack 623 Completed. All GbE/IB/Power Cables routed.
  • 04/03/2015: All compute nodes pulled from Rack 621. FDR cards installed on ctcp-sgi nodes.
  • 04/03/2015 - 09/03/2015: Marvin goes black for rack rearrangements and new node installs.
  • 01/03/2015: Marvin Queue Manager stops accepting submissions.
  • 21/02/2015: Head Node Installs Completed: Gaussian09/Gaussview5, Intel Parallel XE 2015 (e.g. icc, ifort, mkl, tbb, itac, ipp).
  • 09/02/2015: Moved new gear over to PABX Room. Rack 620 cleaned out.
  • 04/02/2015: Meeting with ITS about clearing storage racks, scheduled shutdowns, and networking.
  • 22/12/2014: SGI delivery of 20 new compute nodes housed in 5 FatTwin chassis, two ethernet switches, and a FDR Infiniband network upgrade.
  • 12/12/2014: Bare metal install of BCM7.0/CentOS7.0 on head node.
  • 06/12/2014: Bright Cluster Manager 7.0 + CentOS7 Upgrade Approval and Order, ~$8k.
  • 16/10/2014: Massey Internal Budget Case Approval for ~$180k. Sixteen compute nodes, FDR Infiniband switching, and two ethernet switches ordered.
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