ARCHER2 Access Mechanisms

There are a number of ways for EPSRC researchers to access the ARCHER2 service. Prospective ARCHER2 users should use the following diagram to determine which access route is best placed to meet their needs. Information regarding access routes and how to apply can also be found on the ARCHER2 website.

ARCHER2 Access Mechanisms Diagram

 

 

Driving test

New ARCHER2 users can complete training and are then awarded a small allocation to get them started using the ARCHER2 Service. More information can be found on the ARCHER2 Driving Test page.

Urgent Access

This is a fast track route for users who want to use ARCHER2 to help during a national or international event or crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate that during critical period like this applying for a grant via the standard route may not be appropriate. Please contract EPSRC directly at researchinfrastructure@epsrc.ukri.org if you feel your research falls under this category. 

Pump-priming

EPSRC researchers can request a small amount of resource awarded through a light-touch process in order to try, test and scale their code on ARCHER2. This is the successor scheme to ARCHER instant access. Please see the ARCHER2 website for more information and download the technical assessment form.

Grants

Researchers can apply for ARCHER2 time on their EPSRC grants (including but not limited to, standard research, fellowships, programme grants). Under ARCHER rules, researchers were restricted in the length of time they could request access for, but with ARCHER2 they can request resource to cover the lifetime of the grant. Please see the ARCHER2 website for more information and download the technical assessment form.

Access to HPC call

Through the Access to HPC call, users can apply for time on ARCHER2 or EPSRC's Tier-2 services. Note that this is a request for computational time only, and there is no resource funding. Calls open periodically throughout the year. Please check the ARCHER2 website and EPSRC website for information about when the next call is running. 

ARCHER2 Pioneer Projects call

Through the ARCHER2 Pioneer Projects call, users can apply for large computational allocations in order to achieve intensive and ambitious projects. Note that this is a request for computational time only, and there is no resource funding. This call runs once per year. Please check the ARCHER2 website and EPSRC website for information about when the next call is running. 

HEC Consortia

If the researcher works within the remit of one of EPSRC's High End Computing (HEC) consortia (formed around research communities with substantial and continuous computational needs) then they can apply for ARCHER2 time by joining the relevant consortium. Each consortium has its own way of applying for access and allocating time. The ARCHER2 Scientific Consortia pages have more information on the remit of the individual consortia and their contact details.