The HECToR Service is now closed and has been superceded by ARCHER.

Capturing User Requirements for the next national HPC facility, ARCHER

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

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 you.

User Requirements meeting, 20 March 2012, London

One route for feeding in your views is to attend a meeting we are holding on 20 March 2012 in London (venue to be confirmed). Should you wish to attend this meeting, please email by 9 March 2012 to express your interest and to receive further details.

User Requirements questionnaire, deadline April 2012

The other route is to complete the short questionnaire that can be found at

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 by the same deadline.

We strongly encourage all of you with an interest in using a national HPC facility (whether your research is in EPSRC's, NERC's or BBSRC's remit) to attend the meeting on 20 March 2012 and/or complete the questionnaire to ensure that your requirements are captured.

We look forward to hearing from you.

ARCHER Technical Requirements Project Working Group
Katharine Bowes, EPSRC, ARCHER Project Manager
Bryan Lawrence, University of Reading
Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol
Ian Reid, NAG
Alan Simpson, EPCC, University of Edinburgh