The JASMIN facility is a "super-data-cluster" which delivers infrastructure for data analysis. In technical terms it is half super-computer and half data-centre and as such provides a globally unique computational environment. JASMIN is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and delivered by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
The JASMIN infrastructure provides compute and storage linked together by a high bandwidth network in a unique topology with significant compute connected with much greater bandwidth to disk than is typical of a normal data centre. (It has a supercomputer's network and storage, but without quite as much compute.)
JASMIN phase1 (with NERC and UKSA funding) was delivered in early 2012. Two further phases of NERC funded JASMIN expansion are planned: phase2 will be delivered in early 2014, and phase3 in late 2014.
The original JASMIN investment also included satellite activities at the Universities of Bristol, Leeds and Reading, and fast network links between JASMIN and supercomputers in Exeter (the Met Office) and Edinburgh (the national research supercomputer).
JASMIN provides four basic services to the community:
JASMIN phase 1 supports the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), the facility for Climate and Environmental Monitoring from Space (CEMS) and the wider atmospheric science and earth observation communities.
JASMIN phases 2 and 3 will be opened up to the wider environmental community in stages.