The University of Manchester has a long history of leadership in computing research, including the world's first stored-program electronic computer in 1948.
Particle physics here are supported by a desktop and server infrastructure based on AFS and Linux, following our pioneering application of Linux to Particle Physics environments. (For example, we contributed the first RPM distribution of CERNLIB back in 1996.) Windows and Mac systems are also used for some desktop and notebook machines.
We are also heavily involved in several Grid, e-Science and Networking research areas, and maintain significant farms for BaBar and DZero, and an upcoming kilohost-scale farm for the LHC Computing Grid.
The Guide to using the Tier 2 centre is maintained as a wiki.
The internal webpages have documentation for the computing systems here.