High performance computing
Applying for Resources
We welcome new applicants for HPC resources. All applicants must contact the relevant consortia leader prior to submitting an application (details below).
It is essential that applicants indicate on the Je-S form - in the section "Summary of Resources Required for Project" - that use of Research Council Facilities will be required, otherwise NERC cannot guarantee access to HPC. Those who have stated a need for Research Council Facilities will have priority of access to HPC.
Please also read the guidance documents at the bottom of this page. More general queries can be directed to email@example.com.
Existing users of HPC resources also gain access to the national service through one of the following four consortia:
Atmospheric & Polar Sciences Consortium
Dr Grenville Lister
National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
Department of Meteorology
University of Reading
Shelf Seas Consortium
Dr Jason Holt
Marine Systems Modelling Group
National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Liverpool
Mineral & Geophysics Consortium
Professor John Brodholt
Department of Earth Sciences
University College London (UCL)
Dr Andrew Coward
Ocean Modelling and Forecasting Group
National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Southampton
If you are unsure which of the four consortia is most appropriate for your application, please contact Dr Andrew Coward in the first instance.
Large grant applications
Please refer to the guidelines below and the Research Grants Handbook. These applications must:
- be discussed with the relevant consortia leader (details above);
- state an estimate of the total HPC use in Allocation Units (AU); and
- be accompanied by the 'new' HPC form (below)when more than 38 million Allocation Units are required in any one year.
Research grants - Following success of your NERC funded award
Once your application has been approved for funding, and following receipt of your award letter, you will need to submit the 'new' HPC form to formally request these resources. Please use the links below to access the correct forms and guidance.
Please note that the main allocations for HPC are made at a Steering Committee Meeting in spring (typically March) of each year, with allocations awarded from April to March of the following year. For each subsequent year of usage, users must update their request by submitting a Continuation Form for each grant utilising HPC. These requests are also reviewed at the annual spring meeting of the HPC Steering Committee. Any applications received outside of the spring timeframe will be assessed at an autumn Steering Committee Meeting or, if urgent, via email, as appropriate.
Forms and guidance
Applying for dCSE
Information about Distributed CSE (dCSE) is available on the HECToR website.
Tel: 0131 650 5029
General NERC HPC enquiries
Tel: 01793 411541