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High performance computing

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

HPC and Data Facilities available

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


NERC expects users of HPC to formally acknowledge ARCHER / MONSooN / 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 guidelines for non-NERC funded applications (PDF, 37KB)


Dr Frances Collingborn
01793 411981