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Research support, data and computing

High Performance Computing

The University Major High Performance Computing (HPC) facility is called Iridis. Since 2013 the University is running two Iridis supercomputers at the same time making it one of the top supercomputing sites in the UK. This service enables larger, broader and more complex computation than ever before - work that could have taken months or years now can be done in hours or days.

In 2009 the University launched a dedicated Computational Modelling Group which brings together University researchers and students united through the use of computational methods in their research. A reach spectrum of research projects in this group is based on Iridis computational power.

High Performance Computing technologies continue to change at a very rapid pace. As a result, it is critical to ensure that the right set of skills and expertise are available and aligned with growing demand. The Linux cluster Lyceum is dedicated for use by undergraduate and MSc students, to enable the next generation of computational scientists to make full use of this important technology.


This facility is intended for faculty members. Any researcher who is limited by the computing capability of their desktop PC may find HPC beneficial. These limits may be for processing power, memory size or data storage.

Further information can be found here: iridis

This service is relevant to: Researchers


A smaller but very capable Linux cluster intended mainly for undergraduate and MSc project work. It has a powerful head node for interactive work and 16 beefy compute nodes for longer batch jobs, all together they can reach 1.3 TFlops performance.

Individual MSc & undergraduate students who require access to Lyceum will need to get their course tutor to email Serviceline. Alternatively course tutors can email Serviceline with a list of students who require access to the cluster.

Further information can be found here: Lyceum

This service is relevant to: Staff, Students

Data storage - personal filestore

All students and staff have access to Personal Filestore, a secure storage space for your files and folders. This filestore is available as the My Documents folder when using University staff Windows computers, University teaching computers or the SVE service.

Further information can be found here:

This service is relevant to: Staff, Students, Researchers

Data storage - research filestore

The University recognises the importance of proper management of the digital assets produced in the pursuit of knowledge. In support of this, iSolutions provides a secure research data storage service to the research community. The purpose of this enhanced provision is to store active research data and does not include archival services.

Further information can be found here: I'm a researcher, is there a research filestore?

This service is relevant to: Researchers

Data storage - shared departmental filestore

Information on the J: Drive refers to Staff and Post-Graduate Researchers only.

The J:\ drive is a shared resource for work-related data and files that do not need to be held as private and confidential to the individual.

Further information can be found here: What should I use the Shared Resource Filestore (J:Drive) for?

This service is relevant to: Staff, Researchers


PURE (CRIS) - PURE software service currently in development, this will implement a new CRIS (Current Research Information System) with a publications database and analytical tools.

This service is relevant to: Researchers

SharePoint collaboration space

SharePoint is a University-wide collaboration space for the University. You can create a collaboration group in minutes and start sharing documents and ideas, School and Faculty information and create discussion forums, on-line blogs and wiki pages.

Further information can be found here: What is SharePoint and where do i access it?

This service is relevant to: Staff, Students, Researchers

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