Tuesday 4th July 2017

Planning for ARCHER 2

EPSRC are initiating a project to scope and design the successor to the ARCHER machine. As part of the planning exercise, EPSRC are seeking in-depth user engagement through various routes to ensure they capture the scientific, technological and service needs for the next generation of national Tier 1 HPC.

EPSRC invite your participation in a user-focussed workshop where they will explore and seek feedback on user requirements and begin to scope potential hardware and service solutions.

Further details and how to apply can be found at: ARCHER 2 Planning Workshop.

Best Use of ARCHER Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the EPSRC Best Use of ARCHER competition, which was run by EPCC on behalf of ARCHER. Each winner, either a PhD student or Post-doctoral researcher, will receive £3000 to support travel to the US for building collaborations, helping to develop the next generation of outstanding researchers utilising HPC.

The following entrants were selected from a range of outstanding submissions that demonstrate how ARCHER, the UK's National Supercomputer, has been used to further scientific advancement in the engineering and physical sciences:

  • Tai Duc Bui, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London
  • Alex Ganose, Department of Chemistry, University College London
  • Chiara Gattinoni, Tribology group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London and Materials Theory, ETH Zurich
  • Nguyen Anh Khoa, Hopkinson Lab, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University
  • Thomas Mellan, Thomas Young Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials, Imperial College London
  • Michael Ruggiero, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
  • Nathan Sime, Department of Engineering, The University of Cambridge
  • Dr Gabriele Cesare Sosso, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London
  • Guido Falk von Rudorff, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London
  • Zhong-Nan Wang, Department of Engineering, The University of Cambridge

An announcement about the formal presentation of the awards by ARCHER and EPSRC will be made soon. Awardees will also present their work at this event.

HPC-Europa: EC-funded research visits using High Performance Computing

The HPC-Europa team is excited to announce that our Transnational Access research visit programme is back!

We are now accepting applications again, with a first closing date of Thursday 7th September 2017 (at 12:00PM CET). We plan to inform applicants of the results before the end of October, with some visits starting in the last weeks of 2017.

Future closing dates will be held every 3 months, and the HPC-Europa3 programme continues until April 2021.

If you have not heard of HPC-Europa before, please read on for more information!

HPC-Europa is an EC-funded programme which allows researchers to carry out short "transnational access" visits to collaborate with a research department working in a similar field.

Applicants can be working in any discipline, but MUST require the use of High Performance Computing facilities (for large-scale computer modelling, etc).

HPC-Europa pays travel and living costs and visits can last between 3 weeks and 3 months. The programme is open to researchers of all levels, from postgraduate students to the most senior professors.

Visitors work closely with a "host" research group working in a similar field of research. We have many research groups already associated with the programme as "host" research groups, but new hosts can join at any time, so just let us know if there is someone with whom you would like to collaborate who is not on our list. However, note that host researchers must be in the same country as one of the participating HPC centres: Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden or the UK.

Following EC guidelines, applications are particularly encouraged from the new EU member countries and those who do not have access to similar computing facilities at their home institute.

Under the new "Regional Access" sub-programme, applicants in the Baltic states and South East Europe who have little or no HPC experience are particularly encouraged to visit host departments in Sweden and Greece respectively.

Further information and the on-line application form can be found at and any questions not answered by the information on the webpage can be emailed to

Login Node Maintenance: Wednesday 5th July

A reminder that our Systems team will be working on the ARCHER login nodes on Wednesday 5th July.
In order to minimise impact for users the work will be split into two halves to allow half of the login nodes to remain available for users throughout.

  • 09:00 - 13:00 : Please use Login group A, ssh
  • 13:00 - 17:00 : Please use Login group B, ssh
  • Further details are available from the ARCHER Status page.

Webinar: Version Control, Wednesday 19th July 1500 BST
Arno Proeme, EPCC

Version control tools such as Git and SVN allow us to track changes made over time to files like source code and scripts, including by different people, and to merge these changes in a systematic way. They are therefore an invaluable tool for software development and related workflows. This virtual tutorial will explain the main models underlying a wide range of version control tools and will illustrate these through live demonstrations using Git and SVN.

This tutorial should prove useful to researchers already using a version control tool but uncertain of the underlying model and therefore occasionally unsure of what the tool is doing or how to get it to do what they want, as well as to researchers who are trying to decide which version control tool to choose to use in the first place to fit their needs. It should also be of interest to those who are simply trying to get a better general understanding of version control systems.

Further details can be found at: Virtual Tutorials and Webinars

Upcoming Training Opportunities

  • Shared-Memory Programming with OpenMP 1st - 2nd August 2017 Oxford
  • Supercomputing MOOC starts 28th August 2017 Online
  • Message Passing Programming with MPI 31st August - 1 September 2017 Exeter
  • Message Passing Programming with MPI 11th - 12th September 2017 York
  • ARCHER Summer School 2017
    • Hands-on Introduction to HPC 10th - 11th July 2017 Edinburgh
    • Message-passing Programming with MPI 12th - 14th July 2017 Edinburgh
    Full details and registration...