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Bath’s new research computing infrastructure

Optimal compute and data storage solutions for your evolving research needs.

Use Nimbus to achieve your research goals

Our plans for a phased user migration.


Migration in three user centric waves

We are now moving users onto Nimbus in three user centric waves:

  • First wave: PIs will get access to Nimbus
  • Second wave: Experienced HPC users will get access
  • Third wave: New HPC users will get access

We will let all research computing users know their migration date as soon as we can, and we will also invite all users to an onboarding workshop.

Cloud, on-site and GW4 service

The University's research computing environments are available to all researchers and PhD students.


Strengthening our research capabilities


The new cloud based research computing infrastructure is a huge step forward for Bath's research capabilities.

It will speed up the scientific discovery process and allow us to engage globally in computationally intensive research.

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Research benefits

Large diversity of compute options, faster results and cutting edge hardware.


The new high performance computing environments will deliver:

  • Access to a large diversity of compute and data storage options that can meet your evolving research needs,
  • Faster results: compute capacity in the cloud can be scaled to fit demand, run bigger and more jobs without queue restrictions,
  • Cutting edge hardware: cloud environments give researchers access to the newest hardware, with compute options regularly updated.

The move to a cloud based solution will involve changes to how our academic community uses our research computing facilities.

There is a cost associated with storing data in the cloud, which we need to carefully manage. Cloud computing will also offer you a choice in how you access compute resources. You can either choose a pay-as-you-go service or a cheaper spot compute service that relies on the availability of spare capacity.

The University will continue to provide free access for non-funded research, which will be available via a resource allocation process.

Turbocharge your research


Our new cloud supercomputer is a massive opportunity for us to reach new heights in research abilities and capacity.

With Azure HPC + AI , we're no longer constrained to whatever we can fit into a machine room. If we have the vision, and funding to support our research, the sky’s the limit!

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Research Computing

We support scientific discovery at the University by giving our academic community access to: