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Research Computing Services

Research Computing Services (RCS) works with a broad range of government, industry, University and other partners.

Many of these partnerships have been long-standing including:

  • Science and Technology Funding Council (STFC) - funds DiRAC (Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing), https://www.dirac.ac.uk/. Since 2010 RCS has participated in this federated HPC facility crossing the UK and providing resources to researchers in particle physics, astrophysics and astronomy. DiRAC is a partial funder of the CSD3 facility.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - partly funded the CSD3 facility with instructions to provide UK Tier2 HPC resources to ESPRC funded researchers across the UK.
  • Cambridge Dell Intel Centre - Funded by Dell and Intel Innovation Lab to design, develop and share with the wider community solutions and systems for HPC, Storage and Big Data analysis. Also provides a benchmarking facility with access to the latest research computing and storage platforms.
  • CORE Advantage Limited - University spin-out facilitating industrial access to RCS resources and knowhow.
  • WGS10K - project to analyse 10,000 genomes implicated in rare blood diseases. Extensive and long-standing use of RCS resources, managed out of the Department of Haematology.
  • GAIA - galaxy mapping project, a dedicated big data cluster running Apache Hadoop operated by RCS on behalf of researchers at the Institute of Astronomy.
  • Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - providing computing supporting for this major astronomy project, established to answer key questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology.
  • Cancer Research UK (CRUK) - RCS provides hosting service and research computing resources through the Clinical Cloud service.
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) - RCS provides managed cluster hosting and research computing services to a number of MRC units associated with the University of Cambridge.

 

We are providing operational support for managed HPC and Cloud platforms

  • Compute and storage resources for the School of Biological Sciences
  • Clinical Cloud compute resources for the School of Clinical Medicine
  • HPHI OpenStack-based virtual compute resources and storage
  • Hadoop Development cluster for use by the Computational Biology Lab and Ouwehand group (Haematology)
  • Genomics England (GEL) storage and dedicated compute nodes
  • MRC Biostatistics Unit, dedicated storage and CPU/GPU compute nodes
  • MRC Epidemiology Unit, dedicated CPU compute nodes
  • MRC Cancer Unit HPC consultancy and cluster support
  • Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (DTAL) dedicated nodes with local storage
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology dedicated compute resources (for  Fairen-Jiminez group and the CoMo project)
  • Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy dedicated compute nodes (Materials Theory Group, Prof Chris Pickard)
  • Department of Engineering dedicated compute nodes (Ding group)
  • Department of Zoology dedicated login node
  • BRIDGE project dedicated storage (with network upload from Illumina)
  • Personalized Breast Cancer project storage (with network upload from Illumina)
  • Department of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, twin standalone managed clusters.