Capturing user requirements for the next national HPC facility, ARCHER

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As you may have seen from press announcements in autumn 2011, the Government has made a recent capital investment of £158 million in e-infrastructure. This investment includes funding for the next High Performance Computing (HPC) national service, Advanced Research Computing High End Resource (ARCHER). Subject to successful project review, a total of £43 million of capital funding is available, whilst the running costs of the facility will be met by EPSRC, NERC and BBSRC.

EPSRC, on behalf of the other Research Councils, is managing the project to procure the new service.

The Research Councils are currently capturing the user hardware requirements for ARCHER and want to hear from HPC users.

User Requirements meeting - 20 March, London

One route for feeding in your views is to attend a meeting we are holding on 20 March, 11:00 - 17:00 at The Crowne Plaza - St James in London. Should you wish to attend this meeting, please email Katharine Bowes by 09 March to express your interest and to receive further details.

User Requirements questionnaire - deadline 18 April

The other route is to complete the short questionnaire - it will only take a few minutes. The deadline for completing this questionnaire is 18 April 2012. If you have any additional comments you wish to make about your future HPC requirements, you can email them to Katharine Bowes by the same deadline.

We strongly encourage all with an interest in using a national HPC facility to attend the meeting on 20 March and/or complete the questionnaire to ensure that your requirements are captured.