Rocket HPC Service (high performance computing)

About the Rocket HPC service

Rocket is Newcastle University's institution-wide HPC (high performance computing) service.  

Rocket is open to anyone at the University whose computations are too large, long or numerous to be accommodated on a single desktop machine. 

It is free at the point of use but projects with HPC funding will be given enhanced access.  

The Hardware Summary page descibes the physical cluster.  Please note that Rocket is a linux-based service.

In order to use Rocket, you will need to be a member of at least one registered HPC project.  Project members are automatically given a Rocket account.

These pages are under development and will be expanded as the service progresses - please ask if you want to know anything that is not here yet.    For information on other related resources, please see the Research Computing page.

Information for Rocket account holders

Please read the Rocket Code of Conduct before you use Rocket.

If you are familiar with other HPC services and want to get started on Rocket, try the Quick-Start page.

If you are new to HPC, read the Getting Started pages (coming soon).

Sample job scripts

Troubleshooting hints

Why "Rocket"?

Rocket is named in honour of the iconic Rocket steam locomotive, which was designed by local engineers George and Robert Stephenson, and built in Newcastle.  That Rocket was designed for speed and brought together a number of separate innovations, winning the Rainhill speed trials in 1829 and setting the template for future steam locomotive designs.   George Stephenson's birthplace in the Tyne Valley is now in the care of the National Trust.  The Rocket locomotive will be in Newcastle in 2018 as part of the Great Exhibition of the North and is normally on display in the Science Museum in London.