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ARCHER2 User Documentation

ARCHER2 is the next generation UK National Supercomputing Service. You can find more information on the service and the research it supports on the ARCHER2 website.

The ARCHER2 Service is a world class advanced computing resource for UK researchers. ARCHER2 is provided by UKRI, EPCC, Cray (an HPE company) and the University of Edinburgh.

What the documentation covers

This is the documentation for the ARCHER2 service and includes:

  • Quick Start Guide The ARCHER2 quick start guide provides the minimum information for new users.

  • ARCHER2 User and Best Practice Guide Covers all aspects of use of the ARCHER2 supercomputing service. This includes fundamentals (required by all users to use the system effectively), best practice for getting the most out of ARCHER2, and other advanced technical topics.

  • Research Software Information on each of the centrally-installed research software packages.

  • Software Libraries Information on the centrally-installed software libraries. Most libraries work as expected so no additional notes are required however a small number require specific documentation

  • Data Analysis and Tools Information on data analysis tools and other useful utilities.

  • Other Software Useful information on software that is not officially supported by the ARCHER2 service but that will be useful to users of that software.

  • Essential Skills This section provides information and links on essential skills required to use ARCHER2 efficiently: e.g. using Linux command line, accessing help and documentation.

  • ARCHER2 and publications This section describes how to acknowledge the use of ARCHER2 in your published work and how to use the ARCHER2 publications database.

Contributing to the documentation

The source for this documentation is publicly available in the ARCHER2 documentation Github repository so that anyone can contribute to improve the documentation for the service. Contributions can be in the form of improvements or addtions to the content and/or addtion of Issues providing suggestions for how it can be improved.

Full details of how to contribute can be found in the file of the repository.


This documentation draws on the Cirrus Tier-2 HPC Documentation, Sheffield Iceberg Documentation and the ARCHER National Supercomputing Service Documentation.