Tuesday 25th July 2017

Module defaults update

Module defaults on ARCHER are due to change on Wednesday 9 Aug 2017.

The list of proposed changes is at:

UK e-Infrastructure Leadership Council survey

The UK e-Infrastructure Leadership Council are keen to assess the level of HPC skills within the UK research community to help understand the requirements of the community and assist in making the case for future investment in HPC.

We would be grateful if you could help by taking a small amount of time to complete the survey at:

This survey will be open until 1 September 2017.

MSc in HPC with Data Science: new scholarship award available for 2017/2018

A new one-off scholarship award will support a student of EPCC's MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science.

Funding for the one-year programme is being made available to UK and EU nationals from the Registers of Scotland to mark the 400-year anniversary of the Scottish government department's General Register of Sasines, the world's oldest national land register. The successful scholarship applicant will have first choice from a range of data science projects offered by Registers of Scotland for their MSc dissertation project.

Deadline for scholarship applications: 23:59 BST, Sunday August 6, 2017.

Further details and application form :

Please share this information with colleagues and students.

Test Your Knowledge! MPI Quiz, Wednesday 9th August 1500 BST
Quizmaster: David Henty, EPCC

Using the basic MPI functions, such as point-to-point send and receive, is relatively straightforward. In most cases, the default behaviour of MPI means that simple programs function correctly; these good design choices are one of the reasons why the library has proved so popular over the years.

However, even these seemingly simple functions can be a little more complicated than they first seem. For example, if you issue a send and there is no matching receive then what happens depends on exactly how you initiated the send. Understanding the defined behaviour in these slightly more complicated situations can be very helpful in ensuring your MPI programs function correctly in all possible circumstances.

This webinar will take the form of an interactive online multiple choice Q&A session which you can undertake anonymously if you wish. The questions are partly designed for fun to test attendees' knowledge, but are mainly aimed at promoting discussion about MPI and its usage in real applications. All that is assumed is a working knowledge of basic MPI functionality: send, receive, collectives, derived datatypes and non-blocking communications.

We will be using a Socrative online quiz - to try out a dummy quiz, go to and enter "HPCQUIZ" for "Room Name".

Further details can be found at: Virtual Tutorials and Webinars

Upcoming Training Opportunities

  • Modern Fortran 27-28 July 2017 Cambridge
  • Shared-Memory Programming with OpenMP 1-2 Aug 2017 Oxford Registration closes 25 July
  • Supercomputing Online Starts 28 Aug 2017
  • Message-passing programming with MPI 31 Aug - 1 Sept 2017 Exeter
  • Message-passing programming with MPI 11-12 September 2017 York
  • Hands-on Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 EPCC, Edinburgh
  • Advanced OpenMP 12-14 December 2017 Imperial College London
Full details and registration...