Regional and National HPC services


This page describes the Regional and National HPC services that are available when the Birmingham HPC service is not able to meet the research needs of a member of the University. In all cases registration on the Birmingham services and demonstration that greater resources are required is a pre-requisite for IT Services to advise on and support access to these more powerful resources.

This page has the following sections:

Regional HPC Services

In 2017 EPSRC funded 6 regional HPC services, including HPC Midlands+ for the major Midlands Universities:

  • HPC Midlands Plus. Lead site: Loughborough University
  • Cirrus. Lead site: EPCC
  • GW4 Tier 2 HPC Centre for Advanced Architectures. Lead site: University of Bristol
  • JADE: Joint Academic Data science Endeavour. Lead site: University of Oxford
  • Peta-5: A National Facility for Petascale Data Intensive Computation and Analytics. Lead site: University of Cambridge
  • Tier 2 Hub in Materials and Molecular Modelling. Lead site: UCL

Links to all of the regional and national facilities can be found on the UK HPC Facilities site.

Each of the Tier2 centres has some time reserved for competitive bids for resources - this is potentially useful for accessing specialist architectures; for example the JADE system hosted by Oxford exploits the capabilities of NVIDIA's DGX-1 Deep Learning System. There are usually 2 calls per year for access to the other Tier2 Centres and ARCHER, the National Supercomputing Service; further details of this process for the Tier2 Centres are on the EPSRC Open Access to Tier2 site.


National HPC service

The national HPC service is Archer, hosted by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)


Last modified: 9 November 2017