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Research Computing Platforms

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.

Access and support

Overview

We currently provide two platforms: Myriad and Kathleen. 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.

All of our computing platforms use the same Linux based software stack, which provides a consistent user interface and makes it easy for researchers to switch platforms according to their need.

UCL's Data Safe Haven (DSH) should be used for storing or processing sensitive data, including identifiable personal data and data that needs to be treated as special category for legal or contractual reasons.  Myriad and Kathleen aren't suitable for use with this type of data.  If you think your research data may need to be in the DSH instead of Myriad or Kathleen, please contact infogov@ucl.ac.uk for advice.  The process for gaining access to the DSH is described on the Data Safe Haven Assurance page.

Kathleen

Kathleen was launched at the end of 2020 as a replacement for Grace, 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.

Myriad

Myriad was launched in 2018 as a solution for data-intensive workloads. It is designed specifically for this purpose with a high speed Infiniband network linking high performance storage with powerful compute nodes – ideal for working with large datasets.