Apply for access to the RDF

Routes of Access to the RDF

  1. RDF access through the ARCHER RAP and Leadership Call: You can apply for RDF storage if you are applying to the RAP/Leadership calls for ARCHER access, please refer to further details of these calls. RAP calls are published three times a year and Leadership calls are published approximately every nine months.
  2. RDF access through specific Calls: EPSRC may publish specific calls for access to the RDF; these will be published on the website. There are two types of calls through which applicants can apply:
    • Open EPSRC Access: Applicants can request RDF resource for a maximum duration of three years. Users can request storage in a combination of one or more of the following units: 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 TB. These calls are for EPSRC related research and data only therefore only individuals eligible to hold a full EPSRC grant can apply for access to the RDF. Students wishing to access the RDF through this route must obtain commitment for support by an eligible Principle Investigator.
    • Other Access (Not EPSRC/NERC): EPSRC made the strategic decision to open up the RDF to researchers outside of the remits of NERC and EPSRC to ensure maximum usage and impact from the facility. Applications to these calls can request RDF resource for a maximum duration of three years. Users can request storage in a combination of one or more of the following units: 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 TB. These calls are specifically for applicants within the remit of RCUK but performing research outside of the remit of EPSRC and NERC.

How to apply for access

  1. RAP and Leadership Call access: There is allocated space within the application form for ARCHER time to state amount of RDF storage required. This resource request is assessed for appropriateness by a Resource Allocation Panel (RAP), which consists of a cross section of HPC users within the Engineering and Physical Sciences community.
  2. RDF access through the HEC Consortia: Contact the relevant consortia you are a member of directly.
  3. RDF Specific Calls: To apply for RDF storage through this route, applicants need to provide the following information:
    • Technical Assessment: Prior to submission to the EPSRC for this access mechanism, all Principal Investigators should obtain a Technical Assessment (TA) of their proposal from the RDF service provider. This is to ensure that the level of resources requested has been appropriately scoped and that any additional technical considerations have been captured prior to submission. The Principal Investigator should submit a short (maximum one page) case for support together with the RDF Technical Assessment form to the RDF service (support@RDF.ac.uk) so that a technical assessment can be undertaken. The completed technical assessment will normally be returned to the Principal Investigator (PI) within two weeks of submission, although if the reviewer has concerns about the project, it may take extra time to address these with the PI. We therefore strongly recommend that applicants obtain their technical assessment well in advance of the proposal submission deadline.
    • Application Form: After receiving back the completed and assessed Technical Assessment, applicants need to submit a short application form, the details of which will be in the call document. This application form along with the TA will then need to be submitted via the call page on the EPSRC website before 16.00 hours on the deadline of the call. The instructions of which will be provided in the call document. The application form and TA are assessed by a RAP panel.