The Bayes Centre on Potterrow, Edinburgh
Field of research
High performance computing, Hardware acceleration, Computational science and engineering
DirectorMark Parsons
Alan Simpson, Technical Director
Paul Clark, Director of High Performance Computing
Arthur Trew
AddressThe Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom
TOP500 rank
National: 1 [2]
World: 22
AffiliationsGlobus Alliance, Software Sustainability Institute, BonFIRE
Operating agency
University of Edinburgh

EPCC, formerly the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, is a supercomputing centre based at the University of Edinburgh. Since its foundation in 1990, its stated mission has been to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel computing throughout industry, academia and commerce.

The University has supported high performance computing (HPC) services since 1982. As of 2013, through EPCC, it supports the UK's national high-end computing system, ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource), and the UK Research Data Facility (UK-RDF).


EPCC's activities include: consultation and software development for industry and academia; research into high-performance computing; hosting advanced computing facilities and supporting their users; training and education .

The Centre offers two Masters programmes: MSc in High-Performance Computing and MSc in High-Performance Computing with Data Science .[3]

It is a member of the Globus Alliance and, through its involvement with the OGSA-DAI project, it works with the Open Grid Forum DAIS-WG.

Around half of EPCC's annual turnover comes from collaborative projects with industry and commerce. In addition to privately funded projects with businesses, EPCC receives funding from Scottish Enterprise, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Commission.


EPCC was established in 1990, following on from the earlier Edinburgh Concurrent Supercomputer Project and chaired by Jeffery Collins from 1991.[4] From 2002 to 2016 EPCC was part of the University's School of Physics & Astronomy, becoming an independent Centre of Excellence within the University's College of Science and Engineering in August 2016.[5]

It was extensively involved in all aspects of Grid computing including: developing Grid middleware and architecture tools to facilitate the uptake of e-Science; developing business applications and collaborating in scientific applications and demonstration projects.

The Centre was a founder member of the UK's National e-Science Centre (NeSC), the hub of Grid and e-Science activity in the UK. EPCC and NeSC were both partners in OMII-UK, which offers consultancy and products to the UK e-Science community. EPCC was also a founder partner of the Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software Centre (NAIS).

EPCC has hosted a variety of supercomputers over the years, including several Meiko Computing Surfaces, a Thinking Machines CM-200 Connection Machine, and a number of Cray systems including a Cray T3D and T3E. In October 2023 it was selected as the preferred site of the first UK exascale computer.[6]

High-performance computing facilities

EPCC manages a collection of HPC systems including ARCHER (the UK's national high-end computing system) and a variety of smaller HPC systems. These systems are all available for industry use on a pay-per-use basis.

Current systems hosted by EPCC include:

Recent systems hosted by EPCC include:

See also


  1. ^ "About | EPCC at the University of Edinburgh". Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  2. ^ "TOP500 List - November 2021 | TOP500". www.top500.org.
  3. ^ "About the MSc | EPCC at the University of Edinburgh". Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Jeffrey Collins Obituary, University of Edinburgh". Archived from the original on 31 October 2016.
  5. ^ "EPCC History". Archived from the original on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Game-changing exascale computer planned for Edinburgh". gov.uk (Press release). Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. 9 October 2023. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  7. ^ "ARCHER2 Hardware & Software". Archived from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  8. ^ "ARCHER » Software". Archived from the original on 22 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  9. ^ a b Griffin, Andrew (15 May 2020). "Supercomputer researching coronavirus taken offline after 'security incident'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2020.

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