About the RDF

The UK Research Data Facility is a large data storage and anaysis platform for active research data associated with computational science. The service started in November 2012 and is expected to last beyond the lifetime of the current national HPC service, ARCHER.

The RDF Service is based around a 23 PB storage system (more details below) and is provided by the RDF Partners: EPSRC, EPCC, OCF and The University of Edinburgh. Staff from the partners provide the management, administration, and technical support to keep the system running in a way that maximises the research output of the RDF. Expertise to support the UK research community in the use of the RDF is provided by EPCC.

RDF Hardware

The RDF consists of 23PB of usable storage, with an additional 48 PB of backup tape capacity for disaster recovery purposes. The service also includes Data Transfer Nodes (DTNs) for transferring data onto/off the RDF disks and a Data Analytic Cluster (DAC) for analysing data on the RDF disks.

Further information on the hardware can be found on the website at:

RDF Support

The RDF supports a diverse range of research communities. The major users of the system are materials scientists, climate scientists, physicists, engineers, and biosciences but we also support medical research, industrial users amongst many others.

The expertise of RDF staff plays a key role in allowing researchers to exploit the storage and analysis capability available to gain the insights required and drive their investigations forward. This expertise is available every day through the RDF Helpdesk and also through of ARCHER Training (both in person and online).

Getting Access to the RDF

The RDF is available for use by both academic researchers and industrial users from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Please see the pages listed below for more information and contact us if you have any questions.

Policies and Reports

The policies that govern the operation and use of the RDF service: