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ARCCA: Enabling Research Throughout the University

ARCCA users come from a range of research backgrounds and academic disciplines. A core element to the work of the ARCCA Division has been to illustrate the benefits of High Performance Computing to users from Academic Schools that do not traditionally embrace this technology.

There are now a large number of unique users of ARCCA's services from 18 of the University's Academic Schools, undertaking over 100 different research projects. The majority of these users are registered on the Raven supercomputer system, which has a computing power of many desktop PCs.

Approximately 60% of the registered users on the Raven supercomputer are from the traditional HPC disciplines (Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science and Informatics, Engineering, and Earth and Ocean Sciences).

Analysing the breakdown of the current user base on Raven suggests that 50% of the community are research staff, with postgraduate and undergraduate students accounting for a further 43% of the system's users.

A key element of ARCCA's work is in outreach to ensure staff, researchers, and students in all of the University's Academic Schools understand how ARCCA's High Performance Computing facilities could help them in their research. 

As part of the outreach programme, the ARCCA team undertakes regular training courses for students and researchers in using the Raven services, as well as presenting in Academic Schools about the potential applications of ARCCA's services for their students and researchers and continuing day-to-day support direct from the ARCCA team for uses who request it.