The ARCHER2 Service is a world-class advanced computing resource for UK researchers. For such researchers, there are specific allocation mechanisms for requesting ARCHER2 time via the ARCHER2 partner research councils EPSRC and NERC as detailed below.
The ARCHER2 User Support Team are available to offer advice and assistance to any prospective users and can offer guidance as to what is the best route of access. Further contact details can be found here. The ARCHER2 CSE Team can also provide assistance with completing a Technical Assessment (TA) and can also be contacted via the Service Desk.
This page has a number of sections:
- EPSRC remit access through Grants and Calls for ARCHER2 time only - this includes Access to HPC calls, Pioneer Projects, Pump Priming access and Driving Test access
- NERC remit access
- UKRI calls, fellowships and responsive mode
- Access via non-UKRI calls, fellowships and other routes
- Access via the EPSRC High End Computing Consortia
Access through EPSRC grants
You can include ARCHER2 on EPSRC funding applicationns when you are applying for funding (if you already have an active grant then you should consider applying via one of the calls for ARCHER2 time only that are described above).
When submitting proposals to EPSRC that include ARCHER2 resources, you should add ARCHER2 in Je-S. On Je-S, access can be requested by choosing ARCHER2 from the drop down list in the Research Council Facilities section for a standard EPSRC grant application. Please add the requested resource in CU as unit and the notional cost in £ as cost. Reasonable ARCHER2 allocations are now awarded for the duration of the EPSRC funding. A completed Technical Assessment Form must be uploaded through Je-S, selecting the document type “Technical Assessment”.
EPSRC operate a 6-monthly allocation period policy for access on ARCHER2. The total amount of compute resource (measured on ARCHER2 as CU) awarded is broken down into 6-month periods that span the length of access to ARCHER2 that has been requested. Applicants specify the period profile on the TA form when they apply for access. EPSRC period allcoations are enforced on ARCHER2 in the following way:
- Any unused allocation at the end of an allocation period is lost
- You cannot move CU between different allocation periods
If you have any questions about accessing ARCHER2 via EPSRC, please see the HPC pages on the EPSRC website or contact the EPSRC Research Infrastructure team.
Calls for ARCHER2 time only
The following calls only provide access to ARCHER2 resources and not funding for other items (such as staff time). ARCHER2 costs are notional rather than real costs.
A list of any currently open calls through which you can apply for access to ARCHER2 time in particular (rather than applying for ARCHER2 time as part of a wider grant or fellowship application).
|Call (Web Link)||Closing Date||TA Receipt Deadline||Notes||TA Form Link|
|Pump-priming||Always open||EPSRC remit only. Small amounts of time for testing and porting. Quick decision on access. Maximum of 4000 CU for 6 months.||Pump Priming TA Form|
|Pioneer Projects||26 May 2023 at 4:00pm UK time||12 May 2023 at 4:00pm UK time||EPSRC remit only.
Large amounts of ARCHER2 computing resource for a maximum duration of two years.
|Access to HPC||26 May 2023 at 4:00pm UK time||12 May 2023 at 4:00pm UK time||EPSRC remit only.
ARCHER2 or Tier-2 computing resource for a maximum duration of one year and a minimum of 4000 CU. Calls are expected to open every six months.
|Top up||No call currently open.||EPSRC remit only. Only for users with an existing ARCHER2 allocation who require additional resource.||TA Form|
How to prepare a successful Technical Assessment - a blog post with lots of helpful advice on how to complete TA forms.
The Understanding Package Performance course materials provide an introduction to producing and plotting application performance, which can help you complete the ARCHER2 technical assessment form - particularly “6.1 Quantitative evidence that the code scales efficiently”.
If you have any questions about measuring application performance or scaling, or need assistance producing this information, please contact the ARCHER2 Service Desk and we will be happy to help.
ARCHER2 Driving Test
A small allocation (800 CU) for new ARCHER2 users to get them started using the ARCHER2 Service. Further details on the Training Driving Test page.
ARCHER2 Pump Priming
EPSRC remit 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. Applicants should complete the ARCHER2 Pump Priming TA form (docx) and send to the ARCHER2 Service Desk. The ARCHER2 CSE team will review the form and send to EPSRC for a decision on access. We expect decisions to be made in less than 2 weeks (and usually much sooner). A maximum of 4000 CU for 6 months are currently available through Pump Priming.
ARCHER2 Pioneer Projects
EPSRC remit researchers can apply for large amounts of ARCHER2 compute for ambitious, computationally intensive simulations and calculations in support of an individual project through EPSRC’s ARCHER2 Pioneer Projects call. Projects can be up to 2 years in length. This is the successor scheme to the ARCHER Leadership Calls.
Access to HPC
Provides an open and relatively flexible route to computational support for projects in EPSRC remit. You can apply for access to EPSRC’s HPC systems (both ARCHER2 and most of the Tier-2 services). Projects can be up to 1 year in length. This new call combines what was previously the ARCHER RAP (Resource Allocation Panel) and the Tier-2 Open Access call. It is expected that these calls will open every six months.
ARCHER2 Top Up
Only available for existing EPSRC grant holders with an ARCHER allocation. Provides additional resource for users who already have an allocation from an EPSRC grant, but need more to complete the objectives of their grant. Successor to the ARCHER Top Up process.
Access via the EPSRC High End Computing Consortia
If a researcher’s work is within remit of one of the Scientific 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.
NERC applicants should add ARCHER2 as a facility in Je-S, contact the relevant NERC science area leader and check the current NERC policy on access. Full details are on the NERC website.
Applicants within the NERC remit wishing to access ARCHER2 must contact the relevant consortia leader for advice ahead of submission.
UKRI calls, fellowships and responsive mode
For access as part of applications to other UKRI research councils please contact the EPSRC Research Infrastructure team in the first instance to discuss your requirements and plans.
ARCHER2 resources via EPSRC and NERC awards are included as a notional costs rather than real costs. Resources for UKRI awards in other research areas may need to be included as real costs.
Access via non-UKRI calls, fellowships and other routes
For access as part of applications from non-UKRI funded researchers please contact the EPSRC Research Infrastructure team in the first instance to discuss your requirements and plans. Please note that these discussions may take some time, and UKRI cannot guarantee that an agreement will be reached.