UK Research Data Facility (UK-RDF) Guide

The UK Research Data Facility (UK-RDF), funded by EPSRC and NERC, is collocated with ARCHER and is housed at the ACF facility.

The Research Councils' vision behind the RDF:

  • Provide a high capacity robust file store;
  • Persistent infrastructure - will last beyond any one national service;
  • Easily extensible in size and number of hosts - degree of future proofing and potential for increasing local post processing activities;
  • Operates independently of any one vendor's offering for compute;
  • Remotely accessible via an Edinburgh host - not restricted to through login nodes;
  • Will remove end of service data issues - transfers at end of services have become increasingly lengthy;
  • Will also ensure that data from the current ARCHER service is secured - this will ensure a degree of soft landing if there is ever a gap in National Services;

This guide describes the UK-RDF and provides information on how to use the facility.

If you have any questions about the RDF, please contact the ARCHER Helpdesk.

Contents

1. Introduction

An introduction to the UK-RDF facility. This includes information on the hardware.

2. Interactive access to UK-RDF

How to open an interactive connection to the UK-RDF resources

3. UK-RDF File Systems

Overview of the file systems on the UK-RDF

4. Transferring Data to/from UK-RDF

Best practice for transferring data to/from UK-RDF

5. Using the UK-RDF Data Analytic Cluster (DAC)

How to get use the UK-RDF data analytic cluster (DAC). All nodes on the DAC have high-bandwidth, direct Infiniband connections to the UK-RDF disks.