6 Jul 2015

DAS-5 is now fully operational! To make room for DAS-5, DAS-4/UvA and DAS-4/ASTRON have been decomissioned, only their headnodes remain available.

28 Oct 2014

The Hadoop setup on DAS-4/VU has been updated to version 2.5.0.

30 Jan 2014

The Intel OpenCL package for Intel CPU's and Xeon Phi has been updated to version 3.2.1.

3 Sep 2013

The Nvidia CUDA development kit has been updated to version 5.5.

25 April 2013

Slides of the DAS-4 workshop presentations are now available.

14 Jan 2013

DAS-4/VU now has 8 new nodes with latest Nvidia K20 GPU.

About the name DAS

DAS is an acronym for the "Distributed ASCI Supercomputer". As our current wide-area computing installation is the fourth in a sequence, we refer to it as: DAS-4.

ASCI is an acronym for "Advanced School for Computing and Imaging", a Dutch graduate school established in 1993 and accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Research groups of Delft University of Technology, VU University, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, University Utrecht, University of Twente, University of Groningen, Eindhoven Technical University and the Erasmus University Rotterdam participate in ASCI.

...and the other meanings of DAS in Dutch

The word 'das' has two completely unrelated meanings in Dutch:

  • Badger, the burrowing animal with short, thick legs, and long claws on the fore feet. 'Badger' is quite in keeping with a tradition of naming projects after black-and-white animals, (e.g.: Ibis, Orca, Panda, and MagPIe).

  • Necktie, or the thing that reduces the bloodflow to your head in case you are in pursuit of a career.