ACRC HPC Systems Policy

Please ensure you read the ACRC HPC usage policy before using our HPC systems.

Acknowledging ACRC in Publications

When you write articles about your research for publication, conference proceedings or for other reasons, please acknowledge use of the ACRC facilities by including the following:

This work was carried out using the computational facilities of the Advanced Computing Research Centre, University of Bristol -

Link your Research Outputs to the HPC Facility in Pure

Future funding for the ACRC facilities is dependent on our being able to demonstrate the number and range of publications and impact produced through use of ACRC HPC facilities.

Use of the ACRC facilities constitutes agreement to provide the ACRC with details of any publications concerning research conducted using ACRC facilities.

Please link any publications which used ACRC HPC Systems in Pure to the HPC facility.

A step-by-step guide on how to do this is below:

  1. Login in to PURE
  2. Go to Research Outputs 
  3. Click on the Research Output you'd like to link to
  4. Scroll down to Relations
  5.  Link to the HPC (High Performance Computing) facility (see below)
  6. Save! 

For information about Pure accounts and access please read: Pure access and user guides | RED | University of Bristol

New Applications

Once a new HPC project application has been submitted, the request will be reviewed by the academic members of the HPC Executive, and a decision made, hopefully within a week.


The HPC systems currently operate under a fair share policy and no charge is made for general access. 

Please contact us if you wish to include HPC costs in your grant applications. 

Back up

We cannot guarantee that data stored on the system is resilient as it is not backed up. We would therefore advise you to ensure that important data is backed up.

Confidential data

BlueCrystal is a multi-user system and as such there is risk that data, unless properly protected, can be seen by other users of the system. We recommend that you seek our advice if you wish to learn how to create a private area for your data.

Renewal of User Accounts

User accounts will only be valid for one year, and you will be requested to renew your account annually.

If you leave the University

If you leave the University, you must advise us whether you wish to retain any of your data held on HPC systems before you leave. In the absence of any contact, the data will be deleted.

Problem jobs

Jobs or processes that are having an adverse effect on the cluster may be deleted / killed / held as required by ACRC with no prior notification. 

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