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High Performance Computing (HPC)

We support, and provide access to Apocrita, a 200+ node heterogeneous IBM cluster with over 3,000 compute cores and 12TB of memory. The cluster has many applications installed ready for you to use – core applications (including Stata, Gaussian and MATLAB); programming languages (eg C, C++, R, Python); and domain-specific research applications (eg for bioinformatics and computational chemistry). Used across the cluster, these can significantly increase analysis throughput, or enable computations which are not feasible on a standard desktop machine. Please visit our QMUL-HPC website - docs.hpc.qmul.ac.uk - for more information, details on applications available on the cluster, or to request an account.

Support hours for High Performance Computing are 9am to 5pm weekdays.

QMUL staff can also subscribe to out mailing list for announcements related to the HPC service, and can also use the list for informal discussion and technical assistance between users.

Research Data - storage and curation

With the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) mandating much more careful and long term management of 'Research Data' and the rest of RCUK being likely to adopt similar policies, it is now more important than ever to ensure that your data is stored in a resilient and replicated fashion. Of course none of this is of any use unless it is easily accessible by you the researcher as part of your normal workflow. We provide a fully supported storage solution including the ability to easily increase storage capacity as required. Facilities for sharing data with collaborators (both within QMUL and externally) are also available. Additional research data management tools will be made available as required by the QMUL Research Data Management Policy.

QMUL staff can subscribe to out mailing list for announcements related to the research storage service, and can also use the list for informal discussion and technical assistance between users.

Hardware hosting

Sometimes your research requirements will be so specialised that our other offerings can't meet your needs. In this instance we can provide the infrastructure and personnel for reliable and secure hosting either on-campus or at a secure data centre outside London. We will host, monitor, and administer your hardware, removing the need for research staff to perform routine IT tasks.

Short-term virtual hosting

We acknowledge that there are occasions when researchers need to test an application or host a website for short period of time. We can rapidly provision virtual machines to allow you to explore new software or to test a new idea without the hassle of arranging a full hosting agreement elsewhere.

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