High End Computing


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The High End Computing Cluster (HEC) is a centrally-run service to support the computational research needs of researchers and research students at Lancaster who require high performance and high throughput computing. This includes workloads with requirements that can't be met by the Interactive Unix Service (IUS) or desktop PCs.

The combined facility offers over 6,500 cores, 28 TB of aggregate memory, 70TB of high performance filestore and 1.5PB of medium performance filestore. A number of nodes offer Nvidia GPU cards, which suport CUDA and OpenCL applications. The service combines what was the previously separately supported services for local high performance computing (HPC) users and the local Particle Physics research group (GridPP).

The cluster operating system is Scientific Linux, with job submission handled by Son of Grid Engine (SoGE). The service supports a wide variety of third-party software including numerical packages, libraries and C and Fortran compilers.

Available to

  • Staff
  • Postgraduate researchers


  • 24/7
  • Mon-Fri (excl. holidays) 9am-5pm for account requests