Regional and National HPC services

 

When BlueBEAR is not able to meet the research needs of a member of the University there is the option to use regional or national HPC services. In all cases registration on the University services and demonstration that these alternative resources are required is a pre-requisite for IT Services to advise on and support access to these resources. Links to the regional and national facilities can be found on the UK HPC Facilities site and EPSRC have Access to HPC calls.

Researchers at the University have access to:

and an introduction to both systems is included below with more detailed information about these systems is available on the linked websites.

Please open a Other BEAR Request if you have any queries about either of these HPC facilities or if you wish to be subscribed to the HPC Midlands Plus mailing list that is used to announce calls for projects on these systems.

Baskerville

Baskerville is a national accelerated compute system, hosted at the University. This system provides NVIDIA A100 graphics processing unit (GPU) and is ideal for workflows and computations that require significant GPU-accelerated computing. See the Baskerville Docs for further information.

Support

To request support, or information, about using Baskerville please open a Other BEAR Request. In this request, make sure to say that the support is required for Baskerville.

Acknowledging the use of Baskerville

Publications, and other research output, should acknowledge the use of Baskerville. The suggested acknowledgement text is available on the Baskerville docs.

Sulis

Sulis (HPC Midlands+) is a Tier 2 HPC platform for ensemble computing. This system provides access to both CPU-only nodes and GPU nodes and is ideal for workflows. See the Sulis documentation for further information.

Substantial Project Proposals

On Sulis the accounting periods run for six months, starting at the beginning of May and November each year. Project proposals should be submitted a month in advance of the start of the next accounting period.

Startup Project Proposals

On Sulis, smaller projects are available for researchers to assess the suitability of Sulis for their research and to aid in estimating the amount of compute resources requested in a substantial project proposal. Please open an Other BEAR Request to discuss this.

Accounts on Sulis

Users on Sulis are managed using SAFE. The PI of approved projects will be asked to confirm the users that should have access to the project. Only users on approved projects will be allowed access to Sulis. To become a member of a Sulis project:

  • If you do not already have one, create an account on SAFE
  • If you do not already have an account on Sulis, then in the 'Projects' menu select 'Request access' and apply for access to the 'su002: Birmingham' project, creating an account on Sulis using the 'Request machine account' option

Once you have an account on Sulis this will be added to the relevant project.

Support

To request support, or information, about using Sulis please open a Other BEAR Request. In this request, make sure to say that the support is required for Sulis.

Acknowledging the use of Sulis

Publications, and other research output, should acknowledge the use of Sulis. The suggested acknowledgement text is available on the Sulis policies page.

Colleges

Professional Services