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Welcome To Viper!

Viper is the University of Hull's supercomputer and is located on-site with its dedicated team to administrate it and support users.


What is a supercomputer?

A supercomputer has a much higher level of processing power than a general-purpose computer. Viper is composed of:

  • 180 compute nodes, each with 28 processing cores and 128GB of memory
  • 4 high memory nodes with 1TB of memory
  • 5 GPU nodes with 3 Nvidia A100s, 4 A40s and a twin P100.
  • 2 Visualisation nodes

Why is Viper useful?

  • Many jobs can be run at once
  • These jobs can be split into tasks and run in parallel
  • Or these jobs can be run with many different scenarios in parallel
  • Using Viper frees up your personal computer
  • It can complete tasks that your personal computer may not have the resources for

Who might use Viper?

Viper is currently being used for:

  • Astrophysics
  • BioEngineering
  • Business Analysis
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geographical research
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • And many more


New to Viper? - Here is a step-by-step guide to help you run your first job. Feel free to skip any topics you may already be comfortable with.

  1. What is Viper
  2. Apply for an account (Student portal)
  3. Getting Connected
  4. Linux command line
  5. Using Modules
  6. Interactive Sessions
  7. Slurm
  8. Batch Jobs
  9. Data Management
  10. Virtual Environments
  11. Tutorial Videos


  • User Drop-in Sessions are held every Wednesday from 09:30-10:30 am on Teams.
  • There is a selection of Tutorial Videos to help get you started using Viper.
  • In the Support Portal you can find forms to request VPN access, report an issue with a job, request a software install, and request a runtime extension.

Further Topics

Further Topics