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Research Computing Services

We offer a range of advanced platforms for computationally intensive research. These services are free for UCL researchers to use on a fair share basis.

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Overview

We currently provide two platforms: Legion and Grace. Together, these platforms enable our users to perform all but the most demanding analyses and simulations. Our team of Research Computing Analysts provide support for users of these platforms as well as general advice and consultancy for researchers dealing with tricky research computing problems.

Legion

Legion is a centrally funded computing facility aimed at supporting all types of research at UCL. The heterogeneous architecture means that many different types of computational tasks are supported by a common infrastructure and software stack that can adapt quickly in response to the demands of the research community. Flexibility is key to Legion's design, allowing for continual evolution of the system to keep pace with advances in technology.

Grace

Grace was launched at the end of 2015 and is designed to take care of large parallel computing tasks. It is designed specifically for this purpose with a high speed Infiniband network linking together its compute nodes, allowing them to coordinate effort on a single task very effectively. By sharing a software stack with Legion, it is relatively simple for researchers to scale up their work to run on Grace.