Tuesday 28nd August 2017

ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2017

The ARCHER Image Competition opens today, and for the first time we are also accepting videos and animations, as well as still images.

Show us how you demonstrate "ARCHER Enabling Research"

The prize fund has been increased this year, with prizes of £150 on offer for each of

  • Best Image
  • Best Video
  • Best entry from an Early-career researcher

Plus a bonus prize of £100 for the best overall entry from the above three winners.

Full details and entry form at

Closing date : 1st October 2017

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 CEST). 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 approximately 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

New job memory and energy use report available

The ARCHER SAFE is now collecting data on memory and energy use on a per job basis and users can query this data through the SAFE. The report is called "Job Memory and Energy Use”. You can access this report in the standard way on ARCHER as described at:

We are also working to put together additional reports to provide summaries of memory and energy usage on per-project and per-application basis and these reports will appear in due course. If you have any questions or comments on the new reports please just let the helpdesk know.

RAP Calls Open for UK HPC Access

Three RAP (Resource Allocation Panel) calls are currently open for access to HPC resources for research projects within EPSRC remit:

All calls have the following deadlines:

  • Technical Assessment: submitted to appropriate helpdesk by 21 Sep 2017
  • Call Closing Date: Applications submitted by 12 Oct 2017
  • Panels Meet: Nov 2017
  • Earliest project start: Nov 2017
  • Latest project start: Dec 2017

RAP: Access to ARCHER

EPSRC offers access to ARCHER through calls for proposals to the Resource Allocation Panel (RAP). Users can request significant amounts (>1,000kAUs or >66,667 ARCHER core hours) of computing resource over a maximum one-year period. The aim of this call is to provide access to our national state-of-the-art high performance computing facility for proposals of high scientific quality that would benefit from ARCHER.

A non-exclusive list of eligible projects include:

  • Short computational projects that do not warrant a full grant application
  • UK led collaborative projects with international and/or industry partners
  • Joint applications from students (as Co-I) with proven HPC experience (e.g. a successfully completed instant access project) and their PIs
  • Projects that link consecutive standard grant applications or that aid the preparation of a grant or fellowship application
  • Extended feasibility studies and trialling application developments at scale

Further information can be found on the call page:

RAP: Top-up of ARCHER resource on EPSRC grants

Access to the national high performance computing resource can be allocated as part of EPSRC grants at the time of award. Initially time-limited resource are granted and grant holders are invited to apply for a top-up to meet the objectives of their EPSRC grant. Applicants to this call can request ARCHER compute resource only to facilitate the remainder of their existing EPSRC grant.

Further information can be found on the call page:

RAP: Open Access to Tier-2

EPSRC is offering open access to five Tier-2 High Performance Computing facilities through this call for proposals. The five facilities users can access through this call are:

Further details on each of these centres can be found through their websites and in the call document. The aim of this call is to: Provide access to our national Tier-2 HPC facilities for adventurous high-risk, high-reward projects that will benefit from the diversity of computing architectures available at Tier-2.

A non-exclusive list of eligible projects includes:

  • Short computational projects that do not warrant a full grant application;
  • UK led collaborative projects with international and/or industry partners;
  • Joint applications from students (as Co-Is) with proven HPC experience and their PIs;
  • Projects that link consecutive standard grant applications or that aid the preparation of a grant or fellowship application;
  • Extended feasibility studies and trialling application developments at scale;
  • High-risk, high-reward projects that would benefit from using novel architectures.

Further information can be found on the call page:

ARCHER embedded CSE call

The 12th ARCHER embedded CSE (eCSE) call is now open and proposals are invited up to the deadline of 4pm (UK time) on Tuesday 19th September, 2017. Embedded CSE (eCSE) support provides funding for the ARCHER user community to develop software in a sustainable manner for running on ARCHER and future UK Tier-1 services.

More details of how to apply are available by following the link to the eCSE calls page from here
together with details of the application and review process, assessment criteria eligibility, etc.

The 12th eCSE call opened on: 15th August 2017

Deadline for proposals: 1600 BST on Tuesday 19th September, 2017.

Proposals received after the deadline cannot be accepted. More information is available from the ARCHER helpdesk (

Supercomputing MOOC

Began 28th August 2017 but you can join at any time during the run.

Discover how supercomputers work and the real-life scientific breakthroughs made possible by today's computer simulations.

OpenMP 4 Virtual Tutorial
Wednesday 27th September 2017 15:00 BST

Mark Bull EPCC

The latest versions of the compilers on ARCHER now all support OpenMP 4.0.

This webinar will give a tour of the new features in this version of the OpenMP standard and some examples of how they can be used.

Further details including joining instructions can be found at: Virtual Tutorials and Webinars

Upcoming Training Opportunities

  • Message-passing programming with MPI 31 Aug - 1 Sept 2017 Exeter
  • Advanced Topics in MPI in conjunction with UKCTRF 6 Sept 2017 Southampton
  • HPC for womENcourage 7th September 2017 Barcelona
  • 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 in conjunction with INTERTWinE 12-14 December 2017 Imperial College London
Full details and registration...