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High Performance Computing - National

National facilities allowing researchers to access specialist HPC centres to perform large-scale calculations and analysis.

Archer  - EPSRC/ESRC funded initiative

The UK National Supercomputer Facility, provides a capability resource to allow researchers to run simulations and calculations that require large numbers of processing cores working in a tightly-coupled, parallel fashion.

Access is via two defined routes; users requiring significant compute time can make an application through the EPSRC/NERC Scientific Consortia. Secondly, via the ‘Archer Driving Test’, whereby small amounts of time are given to new users and communities who would not otherwise be able to gain initial experience on HPC systems. Website Link:

DiRAC - Physics, Astronomy, Cosmology

The Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computation (DiRAC) is the integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology in the UK.

Access is through a series of announced calls for proposals, with the next round opening in Autumn 2017. Website Link:

PRACE - International facility

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), provides access to some of the largest supercomputers in the world. There are two access routes, preparatory access and project access. Website Link:

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