High performance computing

NERC provides environmental scientists with High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities.

HPC and Data Facilities available

  • ARCHER - external link - the RCUK national service launched in December 2013; funded jointly by NERC/EPSRC; located in Edinburgh. The NERC annual allocation on ARCHER is 3,192 million allocation units (MAU).
  • MONSooN2 - external link - continuing the NERC/Met Office collaborative development platform, originally launched in 2009, and located in Exeter
  • NEXCS from July 2017, the NERC only share of the Met Office Cray XC40, located in Exeter. An allocation of 975 MAU for 2017-18, thereafter 1,300 MAU.
  • Research Data Facility (RDF) - external link for ARCHER users, located in Edinburgh.
  • JASMIN - external link the NERC data analysis environment; hosted/managed by the NERC/STFC Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) at RAL.

The NERC HPC Steering Committee

The HPC Steering committee prioritises and schedules available ARCHER computing capacity in response to project-level applications; it does not assess science quality of projects/programmes that have already been peer reviewed by NERC.

Applying to use HPC facilities

Applicants requiring access to HPC facilities, must indicate on the Je-S form that research council facilities are required, state which, and justify the anticipated resource request.

For ARCHER and NEXCS an estimate of how much, in allocation units, (AU) is required. Applicants requesting in excess of 160 million allocation units (MAU) in any one year must also submit the HPC 'new' (facility) form together with the Je-S form.

All applicants should contact the relevant consortia leader prior to submission.

Find out more about applying to use HPC.

For MONSooN2 visit the JWCRP website - external link - for application guidelines. Please ensure to indicate the requirement on the Je-S form.

Acknowledgement

NERC expects users of HPC to formally acknowledge ARCHER / NEXCS / MONSooN / MONSooN2 / JWCRP / RDF / JASMIN on all publications resulting from use of the facilities, including after a lapse of time. Please see paragraphs 30-31 of the 'Current policy on HPC access' document (available on the Applying to use HPC services page).

Non-NERC funded access to HPC

Direct access applications may be possible, subject to availability of capacity. These applications are competitively assessed with other bids. To reduce risk of disappointment, potential users not directly funded by NERC, particularly those applying for EU funds, are expected to secure their HPC costs elsewhere.

Find out more about non-NERC funded access in the document below.

ARCHER and NEXCS guidelines for non-NERC funded applications (PDF, 17KB)

Contact

Dr Frances Collingborn
01793 411981