BEAR Cloud & CaStLeS FAQs

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Common Questions


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1. Question:

What resources can I apply for?


CaStLeS offers a set of VMs for Life Sciences research. See the Standard VM page for current specs. It also offers storage to support the processing and a rich set of applications readily available for loading. Additionally, CaStLeS can now offer some HPC capability with a dedicated QoS (equivalent to a queue) in the University’s HPC system BlueBEAR.

2. Question:

What operating systems are the VMs built with?


CaStLeS offers both CentOS and Ubuntu VMs as standard. The versions are updated periodically to stay in line with other BEAR services. If your research depends on an alternative operating system, contact us for a discussion. See our Contact Us page

3. Question:

I am a research student and need/want access to my Supervisor’s VM. What do I need to do?


Get your Supervisor/Principle Investigator (for the project) to log a Service Desk ticket requesting you are added to their BEAR Cloud/CaStLeS project. They will need to give your Birmingham user ID. See our Contact Us page for more info on logging a ticket. 

4. Question:

Who is responsible for running the CaStLeS service and where is the work done and the data held?


CaStLeS is part of the (Birmingham Environment Academic Research) BEAR family, built and operated by the Research Computing Team in IT Services. All the compute nodes and the data are held in the Universities own data centres.

5. Question:

What applications are installed and available to run on the VMs? 


We maintain a rich set of supported applications for the BlueBEAR service. In general these are also available for loading on VMs though many have not yet been used in this way. If you have difficulty with any of the applications listed, please log a Service Desk ticket so we can investigate the issue and advise. See our Contact Us page for info on logging a ticket.

6. Question:

What does CaStLeS stand for?


Compute and Storage for Life Sciences

Modified: 11 August 2017


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