Edinburgh International Data Facility

Access to EIDF

How you get access depends on which services you want to use, whether you're a partner in the Data-Driven Innovation Programme, whether you are an academic or commercial user and how much resource you require.

EIDF hosts a number of distinct compute and data management services with different levels of availability and some variation in access patterns. The descriptions in the service catalogue ("Services" on the main menu) will guide you.

EIDF Service Catalogue

Early adopter programme

Many EIDF services begin in the early adopter programme. We work directly with bold and pioneering users within the DDI Programme to co-create services which we then make generally available. We always want EIDF to provide things that users actually need. If you're after something "DDI" that we don't currently provide, contact us and we can explore what's possible.

DDI Programme

General access to EIDF services depends on your academic or commercial status and your relationship to the DDI Programme.

Computing services

Academic access

Access for academic partners within the DDI Programme is free at the point of use. Access is granted on a project basis over a fixed period of time (eg, for the duration of a grant). You can, of course, request an extension and we'll be happy to work with you.

Beginning in 2022/23 the University of Edinburgh will introduce a flat-fee access charge to all new grant applications to support the long-term future of EIDF. The charge per FTE per annum grants access to all EIDF's  cloud services (virtual machines and notebooks) and storage up to several hundred terabytes.

For 2022/23 the charge for academic partners will be £1,500 per FTE per annum and will rise with annual inflation.

For access to more specialised services including AI-acceleration hardware and high-performance computing, please get in touch through the "Contact us" button.

Commercial access

Commercial partners in DDI projects led by University of Edinburgh academics can benefit from the same access to cloud and storage services, based again on the size and duration of the project.

For 2022/23 the charge for commercial partners will be £7,500 per FTE per annum and will rise with annual inflation.

Again, for access to more specialised services including AI-acceleration hardware and high-performance computing, please get in touch through the "Contact us" button.

Data management and hosting services

One of the goals of the DDI programme is the retention and reuse of datasets created by innovation projects. EIDF offers free, long-term hosting of datasets for use in future research and innovation projects. Please get in touch through the "Contact us" button, or see the data management section of the service catalogue.

Data management services catalogue.

General commercial access

EIDF has been designed to support a wide range of industry applications and EPCC can provide access to cloud, HPC and storage resources and to consultancy effort to exploit EIDF effectively.

For commercial access to EIDF and EPCC expertise outwith a collaborative project please get in touch through the "Contact us" button.

Resource Units

Where we measure things for cost purposes we use the following units:

  • Storage on EIDF is currently granted in units of GiB, where 1 GiB is 1,048,576 kB.
  • Computing time on the Ultra2 large-memory service is measured by the core-hour. 1 Ultra2 core-hour is the equivalent of 1 physical core used for 1 hour.
  • Computing time on the GPU cluster, Cerebras accelerator and Graphcore systems are measured differently. Contact us for details.