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We work in partnership with you, our customer, to help you tackle daily data challenges and to help you effectively manage your data.

“On the balance of hardware and software expertise and provision, OCF came out on top.”
Paul Hatton, University of Birmingham.

Technology Partners

Our network of technology partners means we can create tailor-made solutions that exceed your expectations. Our strong partnerships help us to make sure that you receive the highest standards of service and the best technology to suit your varied requirements.


Whatever the scale of your business, our aim is to build and implement compute solutions of all sizes using our expertise in high performance computing, render farms, cloud computing and IaaS environments.

Furthermore we understand the demands that key HPC codes place upon systems and that’s where our strong network of partners help us to design systems that are optimised to the requirements of the applications.

Our data storage specialists can support high performance and large-scale storage solutions as well as standalone storage environments.

To maintain and optimise your hardware and software we offer tailor-made support services throughout our specialist support team and strong partner relationships.


Your organisation needs a HPC solution that is tailored specifically to your requirements.

By understanding and meeting the demands that HPC codes place upon your systems, we can design bespoke systems that are fully optimised to meet the requirements of the applications. These solutions will be a combination of hardware and software configured in the optimal way for your organisation.

Solution highlights:

  • The cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) the world’s largest single system dedicated to Microbial Bioinformatics research
  • The BlueBEAR to stimulate the use of protons for CT imaging at the University of Birmingham
  • Advanced Research Computing (ARC) at the University of Oxford.

x86 Clusters

OCF supply x86 clusters from small 2-4 node workgroup systems to very large systems listed on across the UK and Ireland. We supply systems for sectors including academia, research, engineering, oil & gas and with the largest HPC delivery team in the UK, we have the in-house capability to deliver and support fully integrated systems of all sizes.

Novel architectures & co-processors

We recognise you are are looking for novel ways to increase performance and reduce power consumption. In addition to our ability to deliver traditional x86 systems our strong partner ecosystem allows us to design and supply solution that include IBM Power, FPGA’s, Intel Xeon Phi, NVIDIA GPU’s and ARM. These technologies can be used to build a dedicated system optimised to a particular workload or as an accelerated/alternative resource within a larger facility. OCF’s pre-sales experts can guide you on whether these technologies are right for your requirements.

High performance computing & scratch storage

OCF is well-known within the HPC community for our experience with the IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) filesystem, founding the GPFS user group in 2010. We are able to build bespoke solutions and solutions based on partner appliances that scale to Petabytes (PB’s) and many Gigabytes per Second GB/s throughput to meet your HPC storage capacity and performance requirements. In addition to our Spectrum Scale skills we are able to build solutions based on other parallel filesystems including Lustre and BeeGFS in addition to delivering the latest NVM Express (NVMe) based I/O acceleration technologies such as DDN Infinite Memory Engine (IME).

Research data storage

Research lead organisations whether they are academic, public sector or commercial often produce vast amounts of data. We build solutions that not only store this data reliably and cost effectively but also help organisations drive better value from that data with intelligent metadata data tagging allowing effective search and re-use of valuable, expensive to produce data sets whilst ensuring your organisation meets its data retention commitments (be they in-house policy requirements or funding body/legal requirements).

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Machine Learning are areas of great potential and we recognise you are looking for ways to apply these potentially game-changing techniques to your own areas of business and research. Our strong partnerships with NVIDIA & IBM coupled with our in-house expertise make us the ideal partner to help you get the most out of AI, DL and ML, whether that’s using the latest GPUs in-house or taking advantage of the Public Cloud to gain access to the latest frameworks like TensorFlow or Caffe.

Reference architectures

Reference architectures


  • Power Solutions

  • Flash/Tape Solutions

Case Studies

Success stories from a wide range of sectors.

We have customers from a wide range of industry sectors doing amazing things: Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Energy, Life Sciences, Media, Public sector research (Universities, Government Laboratories).

Wellcome Trust Centre For Human Genetics

A new high performance service clusters helps research at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford put through five times more work on a machine with the same energy footprint.

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Fostering Innovation

An exciting collaboration between OCF, IBM and the Hartree Centre, created by the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council, refines supercomputing platforms.

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A Real Time Saver

Working with key partners to help the genomics facility at the Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London reduce analysis time from days to hours.

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Ready, Eddie, Go...

By doubling the computer power of The University of Edinburgh's high performance server named Eddie, the University will benefit from massive energy savings.

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OCF Limited
Unit 5 Rotunda Business Centre,
Thorncliffe Park, Chapeltown,
Sheffield, S35 2PG

Tel: +44 (0)114 257 2200
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OCF Hotline: 0330 124 4700

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