Supporting computationally intensive research at UCL through provision of specialist platforms for high performance and high throughput computing.
Explore the user guides, example scripts and documentation for our clusters.
See the Research IT Training page for details of our introductory research computing courses.
If you can't find what you're looking for on the support pages, or you need some advice, email:
- Computing power for demanding analyses and simulations.
- Different classes of architecture for different workloads.
- Expert advice and consultancy for complex research computing challenges.
- Specialist technical support available at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Over 730 software applications. Packages can be installed by our staff (license permitting).
- Supported access to shared regional and national research computing facilities.
- Home directory (up to 150GB, depending on service) and backup.
- Operational review by academic governance group.
- Purchase a range of dedicated compute nodes and storage that is hosted centrally.
- Options to manage access to nodes.
- Nodes typically installed within 4 weeks of the end of the quarter.
How to apply to use the research computing platforms
We provide access to three computing clusters: Myriad, Grace and Kathleen (What is a computing cluster?). All UCL researchers are eligible to use these platforms on a fair share basis and at no cost. We have a single application process for all of our research computing platforms - see the account services guide for details.
To obtain an account you must either be, or be sponsored by, a permanent member of staff. If you are a student or a postdoctoral researcher, this will normally be you supervisor.
You will need your UCL userid and password to access the application form.
Access to additional resources
Purchasing nodes on our clusters
Researchers can purchase nodes on our Myriad platform for their own use. This solution provides a dedicated computing resource without the need to queue or worry about setting up and maintaining hardware yourself. See the research computing documentation for more information about this option.
Due to the current restrictions on movement there may be significant delay in installing these nodes physically at our datacentre. If your purpose is COVID-19 related we will attempt to be accommodating.
Other high performance computing services at UCL
There are several other HPC platforms run by other departments or institutes which you may be eligible to use; the following guide provides a quick overview of these services:
National research computing platforms
Researchers may be eligible to use national high performance computing platforms depending on their research domain and funding. See the HPC-UK website for details.