At my arrival in lab, in December 2010, the computing room was composed by roughly 120 cores (with different generations of CPU technologies), composed by a few old servers and around 25 desktop machines, completely partitioned.
After a few months, some PI asked me to think about a new computing architecture to significantly improve the computing and storage capabilities and performance. This was the origin of Hades cluster (2011-2012), closely followed by Lucifer (2013-2014) and Baal (initiated in 2015) ones.
Hereafter, the various budget sources that enabled this breakthrough:
So, in a few years, only concerning the LBT's computing resources, we have:
That said, we have to keep in mind that the needed investment budget (for computing room rehabilitation and modernization) has been mainly apportioned for the first 4-5 years and is currently of around 600k€.
Thanks to Fabio Sterpone to have been the iniator and the first investor for this project, quickly followed by Marc Baaden and Philippe Derreumaux. A couple of years later, Sophie Sacquin-Mora joins the investor group.