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IT Services : High Performance Computing

Applying for Time


To use the Hydra cluster for your research you will need to apply for time. To do this, please ask your supervisor to complete the application form (below).

Referencing Hydra in Grants

You should reference Hydra HPC System Summaries in grant applications.

Allocations Policy

Applications are considered in batches by the HPC Stakeholder Group every few weeks. Once your application has been approved you will be issued with a project account code which is used to associate your HPC job with your time allocation.

Research projects may also purchase additional time on the system at a marginal rate which includes the cost of the nodes and interconnect but excludes infrastructure costs.

If you exceed your allocation then you may submit a follow on project, or ask for more time to be added, which must be agreed by the stakeholder group.

The Allocations Policy is currently under review by the HPC Stakeholder Group. Please see the current proposal. If you wish to comment on this proposal, please email research-computing@lboro.ac.uk and your comments will be collated and passed to the HPC Stakeholder Group for consideration.

Advice on Filling in the Form

The application form asks for a description of your research, a justification of the need to use HPC for your research, how much time you will need, and what software you will be using.

For those who are unsure of how much time their projects will need we strongly advise that you first request some sample time to experiment with before making your first project application. We can allocate up to 20,000 core hours to you for this purpose without the need to take a full application to the HPC Stakeholder Group. To request sample time please use the main application form (below), fill it in as completely as you can and be sure to mention that it is a request for sample time.

Please note that you should reference the use of Hydra in papers. See Hydra HPC System Summaries .

Application Form

Application form (for your Supervisor to complete)

(University username and password required)