High Performance Computing (HPC)

Category: Research

IT systems and technical support for the High Performance Computing (HPC) service offersing researchers in the University access to a computing service which is dedicated to solving numerically intensive programming problems.


  • It is provided by a Linux cluster known as Hamilton, based on Intel processors and Panasas and IBM, GPFS parallel file systems.
  • Standard CIS Linux software as well as specialist application packages.
  • Compilers and libraries for distributed memory programming using the Message Passing Interface (MPI) standard.

To access Hamilton HPC platform remotely any secure shell client can be used at hamilton.dur.ac.uk.

A version of PuTTY is available via AppsAnywhere.

Request Process

You can apply for a Hamilton account by completing the IT Self Service registration form via the Self Service Portal.

Support Process

For more information about this service, please select the Knowledge Articles and FAQ button at the top of the page. To directly log a call with the IT Service Desk select the Self Service Portal button.If you require immediate help and support, contact the IT Service Desk on +44 (0)191 334 1515 (or extension 41515), or visit the counter service at the Bill Bryson Library.

Contact Advanced Research Computing at arc@durham.ac.uk for any specific advice.

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Service Availability

Available 24/7
At risk periods for CIS maintenance - every Tuesday 7am - 9am and Thursday 6pm - 10pm