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Bath's Nimbus cloud supercomputer supports academic research in all disciplines.

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Once granted access to our HPC environments you can log in remotely using a secure network.

How to gain access

Bath's portfolio of Research Computing environments are open to all academics and doctoral students.

Undergraduate students can also use the environments as part of their final year project.

To use Nimbus, you must have funding and be assigned to a resource allocation within the Research Computing Account Management (RCAM) portal.

If you do not have grant funding available to use Nimbus, you must reach out to your departmental champion who will discuss your needs and assign you some funding from the departmental research computing budget, and arrange access through a resource allocation linked to the departmental RCAM account.

If you have grant funding to use on Nimbus, you must first allocate this funding to HPC through Agresso, then you must create an RCAM account on the RCAM portal using that Agresso code, finally you will be able to create resource allocations linked to that RCAM account and assign funding to yourself or other researchers. For more information on RCAM accounts and resource allocations visit the RCAM training material.

Once you are assigned to a resource allocation within the RCAM portal, your Bath credentials will be authorised to allow you to log in and use Nimbus.

Software packages

A wide range of pre-installed software applications are available on Bath's HPC environments, including Ansys, Caffe, Matlab, R, Python, ParaView, Stata and VASP and many more.

You can also request a new software be set up. Applications which run too slowly on your desktop/laptop can run much quicker on Bath's supercomputers.

Get training and support

Join our next Intro to cloud HPC training course for new users. We run these courses approximately quarterly, based on demand, with the next sessions planned for the summer. Register your interest now to join the waiting list for the next course.

We also have an extensive library of self-guided training material covering the Unix Shell, Intro to HPC, Nimbus, Anatra and the Account Management Portal

Research Computing also offers HPC support and research software development advice and consultancy to help you achieve your research goals.

We advise on a range of topics, including:

  • creating job scripts and troubleshooting issues
  • optimising software performance and streamlining data processes
  • meeting current and future research challenges

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Acknowledging Research Computing

Research Computing provides state-of-the-art high performance computing and research software engineering support to the academic community, significantly impacting the quality of the resultant research output.

Find out how to acknowledge us in your publications.

Request access

Contact us if you would like to use our high performance computing environments.

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