Research IT

The Interactive Computation Shared Facility (iCSF)

Provides an interactive on-campus platform with a large range of software for all research domains to enable computationally-intensive work. Integrated with Research Data Storage (RDS).

Service description

The Interactive Computation Shared Facility is also known as the iCSF, aka Incline.

  • No batch system
  • Run GUI applications in a similar manner to on your desktop
  • Popular applications: MATLAB, R, Stata, Python
  • More cores and memory than most desktops
  • Good for development work and testing
  • Primarily for research staff and PhD students

For more detailed technical information visit the iCSF page on the Research Platforms website.

Charging Model

Researchers are encouraged to contribute to these systems rather than purchase their own smaller HPC clusters. It is often possible to get more out than you have put in! There are some ‘free at the point of use’ resources available.


If you have any queries about this service please contact the Research Platforms team. The inbox is monitored Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00 and the person on duty will log a ticket for you. A member of the team will then get in touch with you to deal with your enquiry.

Latest Blog Posts

Announcing Hardware Upgrades to iCSF/Incline

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