Durham, via the IPPP Grid Cluster, has gained affiliate status with the National Grid Service (NGS) enabling a wider use of the resources throughout the UK. Durham, through its Particle Physics cluster, is a Tier 2 site within EGEE, a member of the UK GridPP project, and a founder member of the ScotGrid project.
The NGS aims to "provide coherent electronic access for UK researchers to all computational and data based resources and facilities required to carry out their research, independent of resource or researcher location".? Through Durham's Tier-2 status in GridPP, physicists from around the world have been able to utilise CPU power and storage. Becoming an NGS affiliate is a further step to enhancing research facilities and computational resources to a wider range of academics from around the UK.