Getting Access to the RDF

There are two main routes to getting access to the RDF:

  • Via ARCHER UK national supercomputing service access. If you apply for access, you can request RDF storage. If successful, this also gives you access all general RDF resources including the DTNs and DAC. See the ARCHER website for details on applying for ARCHER access.
  • Via RDF-specfic calls. RDF specific access routes are described below.

RDF Specific Calls

A list of open RDF-specific calls through which you can apply for access to RDF. (For access via ARCHER see the ARCHER website.)

Call (Web Link) Closing Date TA Receipt Deadline Notes TA Form Link
Open EPSRC Access 12 Feb 2016 29 Jan 2016 EPSRC remit only Open Access TA Form
Open Access 12 Feb 2016 29 Jan 2016 not EPSRC/NERC remit Open Access TA Form

RDF-specific Access Routes

There are number of RDF-specific access routes (the full list of access routes is still being finalised and will be added to this list as they become available).

Open EPSRC Access

Applications to this call can request RDF resource for a maximum duration of 3 years. There is a limit to the total amount of TB available against this call. EPSRC usually aims to allocate around 1000 TB in these calls. Users can request storage in a combination of 1 or more of the following units: 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 TB.

Any resource allocated is for immediate use and the start date of the data storage must be within three months of the panel date (see Call Schedule). Please ensure that the data is in a format that can be readily transferred to the RDF.

At the end of the allocation period users should ensure they transfer their data off the RDF, as the data cannot be held after this time and users will be at risk of their data being overwritten.

This call is for EPSRC related research and data therefore only individuals eligible to hold a full EPSRC grant can apply for access to the RDF. Students wishing to access the RDF through this route must obtain commitment for support by an eligible Principle Investigator.

Some EPSRC communities already have the opportunity to access the RDF and so the following individuals should apply for access through these routes:

  1. ARCHER RAP and Leadership Applicants - Please apply for RDF resource on your application to these calls.
  2. Members of EPSRC HEC Consortia - Please contact the respective consortium directly:

Open Access (not EPSRC/NERC)

Applications to this call can request RDF resource for a maximum duration of 3 years. There is a limit to the total amount of TB available against this call. EPSRC usually aims to allocate around 1000 TB in these calls. Users can request storage in a combination of 1 or more of the following units: 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 TB.

Any resource allocated is for immediate use and the start date of the data storage must be within three months of the panel date (see Call Schedule). Please ensure that the data is in a format that can be readily transferred to the RDF.

At the end of the allocation period users should ensure they transfer their data off the RDF, as the data cannot be held after this time and users will be at risk of their data being overwritten.

Only individuals eligible to hold a full RCUK grant can apply for access to the RDF. Students wishing to access the RDF through this route must obtain commitment for support by an eligible Principle Investigator.

Some communities already have the opportunity to access the RDF and so the following individuals should apply for access through these routes:

  1. NERC Applicants - Please apply through the NERC consortia.
  2. ARCHER RAP and Leadership Applicants - Please apply for RDF resource on your application to these calls.
  3. EPSRC Applicants - Please apply for RDF resource through the EPSRC Open Access RDF Calls.
  4. Members of EPSRC HEC Consortia - Please contact the respective consortium directly: