Research Computing

High-Performance Computing (HPC)

High-performance computing (HPC) involves calculations that are either too large to run on a single computer, or are very numerous.  Most HPC facilities are designed to accommodate particularly large computations - this is referred to as the facility's capability.  The processing of numerous small jobs is referred to as capacity computing.  In practice, academic HPC systems have hybrid needs, running many types and sizes of computations at once.  They provide the hardware and software needed for the calculations and the tools to manage access shared access.  All of the HPC facilities listed below run linux operating systems.

Researchers at Newcastle have access to a number of HPC facilities.  New for 2017 is:

- The University-wide HPC service, 'Rocket'

The University's new HPC service, 'Rocket', has over 5000 cores and 500TB storage, and will be available to all staff and students at the University. Rocket is being commissioned over the summer of 2017 and will be supported by the IT Service. Information about how to access and use the service is available on the Rocket HPC web pages, or you can contact the HPC support team. See the Rocket hardware summary for more details of the physical system. 

We can also help you access the following: 

- SAgE Faculty HPC, 'Topsy'.

A 1000-core system owned and run by the SAgE Faculty, 'Topsy' is available to all staff and students of the University.  See the Topsy web pages for more information, and to apply for an account.

- N8 HPC.

A 5000-core system, the N8 HPC service is available for use by all researchers based at N8 partner sites, subject to an application procedure and a light-weight peer review process. Please note that the current N8 HPC service will cease in July 2018.  The N8 HPC consortium will continue but Newcastle is not part of the smaller group that will share a new HPC facility. 

You can also make a service request for help on selecting and using HPC systems. 

UK and international HPC facilities

The HPC-UK site summarises the UK-based and international HPC facilities open to UK researchers.  These include the national supercomputing service (Archer), the EPSRC tier-2 facilities and STFC 'DiRAC' facilities.  

High-Throughput Computing (HTC)

HTCondor is a high-throughput computing environment which is widely used within the University. The IT Service runs a Condor server and provides some documentation but has not yet formally defined this as a service. More information on Condor and its uses.

You can also make a service request for more advice on using HTCondor.