HECToR: UK National Academic Supercomputer Service

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HECToR -
a Research Councils UK
High End Computing service.

NAG provided the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Support Service for the UK's national academic supercomputing service, HECToR, which operated from 2006-2013.

About HECToR

HECToR was the UK's national academic supercomputing service, funded by the Research Councils and available for UK academic researchers. HECToR's mission was to provide supercomputers and HPC expertise to enable true capability science. The HECToR service was provided by the HECToR partners, including NAG.

Technology watch and procurement support

NAG began working with the HECToR team in 2003 by delivering HPC technology advice and HPC market intelligence to the project. Subsequently, NAG was chosen to design and undertake the procurement benchmarking process, which played a significant part in the supercomputer procurement process.

Computational Science and Engineering support

NAG's HECToR CSE Service combined traditional helpdesk based support and training with a "distributed CSE" service, which dedicated significant amounts of effort onto key user applications.

CSE support (or HPC software engineering) was available to all HECToR users. In addition to the typical HPC application support service provided by NAG, users were be able to apply to the NAG distributed CSE team for dedicated support for their project. This support was for between six months and a year, and helped many users port their application code to HECToR and improve the performance, scalability and functionality of these codes.

HPC training

NAG also provided a range of HPC training courses to help users get the most out of the system. The HPC training programme covered topics ranging from getting started to improving parallel application performance and scalability on distributed memory machines. The courses were also be of interest to a wider community. Training courses are still held at various locations around the world.

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