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COAST (Coastal Ocean And Sediment Transport) Laboratory

Ocean Wave Basin

OWB5.jpgThe Ocean Basin is a unique facility that allows waves and currents to be generated at any relative orientation and can be run at different water depths. This basin can be used to create unidirectional and directional wave fields, regular waves, wave spectra and currents in three dimensions putting it at the forefront of testing for marine renewable energy arrays. Future developments of the facility include the provision of a wind generation facility.


Coastal Basin

One of the key features of the COAST lab is its flexibility. The Coastal Basin allows sediment transport and coastal structures to be studied at scale in a controlled environment. The paddles will produce regular waves with a peak wave height of 0.32 m. The paddles also function as wave absorbers to mitigate the reflections in the basin. Wave synthesising software allows long and short-crested spectral sea states to be generated as well as special wave effects.

​Sediment Wave Flume

COAST houses 2 flumes. A 35m flume and a 20m flume with the capability to be tilted. The inclusion of current circulation in the facility allows tidal energy to be studied as well as wave energy technology. The novel current circulation technology enables a smooth current to be modelled without disturbing the wave signal, this enables the controlled study of wave-current interaction and wave-current-device interaction. A sediment wave flume, 35 m long x 0.6 m wide x 0.8 m deep.


COAST lab boasts a large range of instrumentation and data acquisition hardware and software. The equipment is maintained and operated by a dedicated team of engineers.


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High Performance Computing

HPC.jpgThe new SoMSE FOT1 and FOT2-Phase1 facilities consist of a dedicated research computer cluster providing access to 376 processors of state-of-the-art Intel CPUs, and 320 processors linked with infiniband networking. The cluster is available to all groups of the Faculty and is used heavily by researchers within CCOSE and CAESI. The strategic aim is to widen the group of HPC users by including Pymouth University research groups beyond the Faculty boundary. In addition, the HPCC through the SoCM has become a vital instrument to disseminate HPC skills to our students by means of Research Informed Teaching (RIT) at all levels.
The HPC facilities are housed in a controlled/monitored room where a cooling system keeps the optimum temperature for all the clusters (many computers working together produce a lot of heat). Also, the HPC facilities count with a sensor that monitors temperature and humidity, if the temperature increases significantly, the sensor sends automatically a warning to the Administrator to check and correct any possible failure in the system.
Additional info of the supercomputers:
Fotcluster2 - Phase1
320 cores, Hardware: 2.6 GHz x 2 nodes per motherboard of 64 GB of RAM; each node with 8 processors that makes a total of 64 cores. Thus, it is a shared memory of 4 GB per core. All nodes and head node are linked with Infiniband networking.
Fotcluster 1
​The head node is a Viglen HS316i combined head & storage node, equipped with 8 GB in RAM memory and has 2 x 500GB Hard Drives which are configure with raid 0. Phase0 consists of 46 Viglen HX224i 4 compute nodes, equipped with Dual Intel Xeon E5420 Quad Core 2.50Ghz processors and 8 GB of memory per motherboard. Each of the compute nodes are connected to a 3com 3870 - 48 port network Ethernet switch using RJ45 Cat 6 technology.

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