COSMOS is a supercomputing facility dedicated to research in cosmology.
The ninth incarnation of the COSMOS facility arrived at DAMTP on 4th July 2012. It is an Altix UV2000 system from SGI. At the time of writing this system is the largest shared-memory computer in Europe. COSMOS Mk IX features 1856 Intel Xeon E5 processor cores (SandyBridge-EP) with 14.5TB of globally shared memory. It was boosted further in December 2012 with 31 Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) co-processors, providing a hybrid hierarchical SMP/MIC computing platform.
The system will be used to support research in cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics within the DiRAC distributed HPC Facility, funded by STFC and DBIS UK.