HPC at Nottingham
HPC at Nottingham is a key part of our research and institutional e-infrastructure, and underpins many of the objectives of our Research and Knowledge Transfer Strategy, including:
conducting world-leading research
recruiting and retaining the best staff and graduate students with a world-class research environment
accelerating the output and development of early career researchers
improving funding success rates
maintaining continuity of research and mitigating funding gaps
promoting inter-disciplinary research
A university-level HPC is a highly efficient way of supporting these objectives, providing economies of scale and equality of access across the University’s research community. The HPC can also be used to support collaborative research projects undertaken in conjunction with other organisations, with researchers from other institutions able to access the system via an associate account.
Research at Nottingham that is reliant on HPC encompasses a range of challenging scientific problems, all of which have the potential to enhance the competitiveness of UK business and industry, have a significant impact on society, and contribute to Nottingham’s status as a world leader in science and engineering.
Existing users of the HPC include academic staff working across several of our Research and Knowledge Transfer Priority Groups, including Operations in a Digital World, Clinical Translational Research, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Imaging.
Who is the HPC service for?
The HPC service is available to any research student or member of academic staff, from any School or Faculty, who has the need for compute resource substantially greater than a standard PC.
This includes those who can run their applications on a PC, but find the calculations tie up their machine for an excessive amount of time, as well as those who need more processors and/or computer memory.
The main source of information on the HPC service is the HPC workspace, accessible to all University staff and students.
As well as documentation on how to access and use the service, it has information on training courses, background information on the facility, and links to sources of further information.