This page lists all the documentation available on the ARCHER Service and provides links to any other useful resources. We are continually working to improve the documentation and ask that if you spot any problems or have any suggestions you mail them to the helpdesk.
The Quick Start provides the minimum information required to get up and running on ARCHER. This is aimed at people who have used other HPC services.
This page provides links to material to develop the base skills people may need to exploit ARCHER as fully as possible.
The User Guide provides all the basic information for users on the layout and use of the ARCHER Service, including:
- Connecting and transferring data
- Filesystem layout and data management
- Application developer environment - compiling and linking
- Running jobs using the PBS job submission system
The Best Practice Guide provides more advanced and detailed information on getting the best out of the ARCHER service. It covers topics such as:
- Detailed information on the hardware.
- Using the compilers to produce efficient code.
- Advanced use of the job submission system.
- Profiling the performance of your code.
- Advice on tuning your code for best performance.
- Using the debugging tools to identify and eliminate problems.
This section contains more detailed information on a number of software packages that are centrally available on ARCHER. The information available includes how to access the packages, and example job submission scripts. As the Service progresses we will add hints on getting the best performance and detailed compilation instructions.
The UK Research Data Facility (UK-RDF), funded by EPSRC and NERC, is collocated with ARCHER and is housed at the ACF facility. It provides a high capacity robust file storage service and a persistent infrastructure that will last beyond any one national service
This guide describes the UK-RDF and provides information on how to use the facility.
The Knights Landing (KNL) system offers ARCHER users an opportunity to trial this manycore processor to run their applications, and enables software development aimed at optimising application performance for this processor type.
This guide describes the KNL system and provides information on how to use the facility.
SAFE is an online ARCHER service management system. Through SAFE, individual users can request machine accounts, reset passwords, see available resources and track their usage. All users must be registered on SAFE before they can apply for their machine account. Go to the SAFE guide for individual users
Principal investigators (grant holders) and project managers (nominated by PIs) have overall authority over their allocated resources and can perform additional project management tasks in SAFE. Go to the SAFE Guide for principal investigators.
View account and current job status on a mobile phone or tablet (uses SAFE login credentials).
The troubleshooting guide contains a list of commonly occurring errors and solutions.
White papers covering technical topics of interest to ARCHER users.