Bede is the N8’s newest high-performance computing platform. It has a GPU-accelerated architecture that makes it ideal for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.
Bede was originally handed over in August 2019 and since then has been commissioned and tested before being opened to researchers. More than 50 projects are currently running on Bede, the majority of these are from within the N8 Research Partnership, but several are researchers accessing the system via HECBioSim.
Because Bede uses IBM Power 9 CPUs rather than a more traditional x86 architecture, each of the N8 universities has a full-time equivalent research software engineer (RSE) dedicated to supporting researchers at every stage of the process. They can offer advice about the amount of memory and storage you may need as well as advising on code and many different aspects of integrating high-performance computing (HPC).