ARCHER national supercomputing service
ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource) is the UK’s primary academic research supercomputer.
The £43m ARCHER service enables UK researchers to carry out internationally-competitive work, so supporting the UK's status as a leader in computational science and engineering. ARCHER, a Cray XC30, is housed at the University of Edinburgh’s Advanced Computing Facility (ACF).
Access to ARCHER
There are a range of ways to access ARCHER for your research depending on your work
- University of Edinburgh researchers - University of Edinburgh researchers can gain access to ARCHER for their research via EPCC, see below
- Academic researchers - The ARCHER website lists access routes
- Commercial organisations - EPCC provides access
EPCC offer access to ARCHER for University of Edinburgh researchers through a simple, lightweight process:
- Complete the University of Edinburgh ARCHER Access Form
- Send the completed form to the ARCHER Helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ARCHER service
The service, which began in 2014 and will run for at least 4 years, comprises a number of components:
- User and computational science and engineering support, including training (EPCC)
- Accommodation (University of Edinburgh)
- Hardware (Cray)
- Systems support (EPCC and Daresbury Laboratory).
Support for science
Computational science & engineering support
Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) support on ARCHER is provided by EPCC. It includes responsibility for helping users with porting, optimising and developing their codes for ARCHER, ensuring that the correct scientific software is installed on the system to meet user requirements, providing advice and best practices to enable users to exploit ARCHER resources, and training and developing scientific software expertise among UK researchers.
Training to address the needs of different research communities will be provided across the UK through links with the HPC Special Interest Group, HPC Wales, and the STFC's Daresbury Laboratory. Courses have already been run or are planned at: London, Leeds, Bristol, Belfast, Daresbury, Wales, York, Oxford and Southampton.
Embedded CSE (eCSE) programme
Through a series of regular calls, eCSE support provides funding to the ARCHER user community to develop software in a sustainable manner for running on ARCHER. Funding enables the employment of a researcher or code developer to work specifically on the relevant software to enable new features or improve the performance of the code.
Access to ARCHER
Any enquiries about using ARCHER should be sent to the ARCHER Helpdesk.
The ARCHER facility is based around a Cray XC30 supercomputer that provides the central computational resource. It is supported by a number of additional components including: high-performance parallel filesystems, pre- and post-processing facilities, external login nodes, and a large, resilient, long-term data facility.
You can read more on the hardware section of the ARCHER website.
ARCHER Helpdesk: the first point of contact for all questions relating to the ARCHER Service. Support is available Monday to Friday from 08:30 until 18:00, excluding UK public holidays.
EPCC conforms to the Quality Management System standard ISO 9001: 2015 for the provision of national HPC services.