Newsletter - MASSIVE M3 upgrade and M1 retirement news

We’d like to update you on a number of exciting changes to our MASSIVE systems and platforms.

The MASSIVE M3 computer is receiving a significant upgrade funded by a 2018 $3.9m investment by Monash University into the MASSIVE project, and a further $3m investment into the the underpinning Monash research cloud fabric that provides the compute, storage and network on which M3 is built. The upgrade will be available to users in a staged approach from March-April onward and technical details are provided below.

After nearly 7 years and 30,905,280 of CPU-core hours, the M1 system is being decommissioned. If you are an M1 HPC user, we will help you move to the M3 computer. Beamline projects will be allocated on ASCI, the new Australian Synchrotron beamline-integrated cluster.

In mid 2018, we will also start the process of decommissioning M2 which will be switched off in December 2018.

In the coming weeks, M1 project leaders and users will receive an email outlining the timeframe for decommissioning and providing instructions on how to move across.

The M3 upgrade consists of:

  • 2,520 Intel Skylake processing cores (M3 will have 4,048 cores after the upgrade),
  • 60 NVIDIA V100 GPUs,
  • 2PB of fast parallel file system, and
  • 2 NVIDIA DGX-1v deep learning servers for specific research workloads.

Decommissioning the legacy M1 and M2 systems will allow us to focus on a single contemporary platform and will mean we will spend more time on user support and engagement.

Please email us at if you have any questions or concerns.

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