Who is the service for?
The University is part of a regional HPC consortium consisting of the Universities of Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Queen Mary and Warwick.
Funded by a £3.2 million pound grant from the EPSRC and aimed at users whose research falls within the EPSRC’s remit, this facility aims to offer a higher capability system to users whose needs aren’t met by their home university’s own provision.
Access and technical specification
Access to this resource is via a quarterly call for applications.
The first call for applications closed on 1 September 2017. Approximately 5 million core hours are available each quarter for Nottingham researchers (next quarter expected to start in early 2018).
After each call for applications, no further requests will be considered until the following quarter’s call. Applications will be reviewed by the Nottingham HPC team who will authorise access for successful submissions.
The first quarterly call for applications closed on 1 September 2017. The next call is expected in late 2017.
HPC Midlands Plus registration form
There are two aspects to HPC Midlands Plus, the traditional x86 system consists of 512 nodes, each containing 128 Gb of memory, offering a total compute capacity of 14,336 cores, 65 Tb of memory and a 1 PB high speed data store.
In addition there is a Power8 based system consisting of 5 nodes, each with 20 cores and 1 Tb of memory, and a dedicated high speed file store. One of the Power8 nodes is also fitted with two high end NVidia GP100 GPGPU cards.
Help and support
Additional information about the HPC Midlands Plus service (including system status and specification) is available via a dedicated website, hosted by Loughborough University.
HPC Midlands Plus website