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.
We currently provide three platforms:Myriad, Grace 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.
Grace and Kathleen
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. Kathleen, launched in February 2020, is the replacement service for Grace and will take over fully in 2021.
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.