HPC Scientific Advisory Committee


The HPC Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) represents the High Performance Computing user base and ensures that ARCHER meets the current and future needs of the research community. The SAC comments on progress reports by the service providers from a user perspective and inputs user requirements to the SMB.


  • To recommend activities to the Strategic Management Board to improve and/or add value to the user experience of the service
  • To comment on the performance of CSE and SP concerning the user experience of ARCHER and provide recommendations to the Strategic Management Board
  • To review (where appropriate) the outputs of other Research Council HPC groups/committees and suggest courses of action to the Strategic Management Board
  • To monitor ARCHER's scientific impact on the UK HPC landscape and help developing the scientific case for future national HPC investments.

Membership and Composition

In order to work towards the above objectives, it is necessary to ensure input from the user communities of the partner research councils. We aim to achieve a balanced membership from research consortia, independent users, centres for doctoral training and industry.


Membership Name
Chair (EPSRC user representative) Hans Fangohr
Vice-chair (NERC user representative) John Brodholt
EPSRC user representative Charles Laughton
EPSRC user representative Paul Sherwood
EPSRC user representative Gerard Gorman
EPSRC user representative Matt Probert
EPSRC user representative Sam French
NERC user representative Grenville Lister
International HPC user representative Martin Bertzins
By invitation
Service Provision technical representative (UoE HPCx Ltd) Liz Sim
CSE director (UoE HPCx Ltd) Alan Simpson
Cray CoE representative Jason Beech-Brandt
Authority Representatives
EPSRC Research Infrastructure Lead Susan Morrell
ARCHER Service manager Michele Erat
ARCHER Contract Manager Edward Clarke
NERC representative Frances Collingborn