Tuesday 1st August 2017

Reminder: Module defaults update

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

The list of proposed changes can be found at:

Reminder: 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.

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

Further details and application form can be found at:

Please share this information with colleagues and students.

Reminder: 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

  • Test your knowledge! MPI Quiz Webinar Wednesday 9th August
  • Supercomputing Online Starts 28 Aug 2017
  • Message-passing programming with MPI 31 Aug - 1 Sept 2017 Exeter
  • Advanced Topics in MPI in conjunction with UKCTRF 6 Sept 2017 Southampton
  • Message-passing programming with MPI 11-12 September 2017 York
  • Advanced MPI in conjunction with INTERTWinE 12-13 September 2017 Cambridge
  • 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...