ARCHER News

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Container Technologies in Cloud and High Performance Computing - 28-29 March 2019

Not an ARCHER event, but likely to be of interest to ARCHER users.

On 28-29 March 2019 there will be a meeting on Container Technologies in Cloud and High Performance Computing Research and Commercial Applications. This is being organised and run by SURFsara in Amsterdam as part of the CompBioMed project.

It will include speakers from Oracle, EGI and Singularity, along with a number of CompBioMed partners who have been working in this area. The aim is to gather together computational services developers and users from academia, industry and healthcare sectors to discuss the most recent advances in container technology, cybersecurity and related services. It will focus on the use of these technologies in computational modelling and their integration within HPC and cloud computing infrastructures. It is not intended to be focused purely on issues associated with CompBioMed.

Details on the meeting website

Register via Eventbrite

Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources from DECI-15 (Tier-1)

http://www.prace-ri.eu/deci-15-call

The PRACE DECI programme provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 3 June 2019.

Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XC30/Cray XC40, Intel clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors (KNC)) made available from Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. Applicants need not specify a particular machine or architecture, but if they do, we will endeavour to take these preferences into account.

  • Opening date: 15 January 2019, 12:00 UTC
  • Closing date: 28 February 2019, 17:00 UTC
  • Anticipated allocation decisions: May 2019
  • Allocation start: 3 June 2019
  • Allocation period: 1 year for Project Access
  • Type of access: DECI (Tier-1)

Please see the above link for more information, or email deci-support@prace-ri.eu with any enquiries.

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme

Collaborative research visits using High Performance Computing

Call for applications: closing date on 21st February 2019

HPC-Europa3 funds research visits for computational scientists in any discipline which can use High Performance Computing (HPC). Visits can be made to research institutes in Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden or the UK. UK-based researchers can benefit in two ways: either by visiting a research group elsewhere in Europe, or by hosting a research visitor from another country.

What does HPC-Europa3 provide?

  • Funding for travel, living and accommodation expenses for visits of up to 13 weeks.
  • Access to world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities.
  • Technical support to help you make best use of the HPC systems.
  • Collaborative environment with an expert in your field of research.

Who is the programme open to?

  • Researchers of all levels, from postgraduate to full professors.
  • Researchers from academia or industry.
  • Researchers currently working in a European Union country or Associated State (see http://bit.ly/2PkVsSV for full list of Associated States).
  • Researchers may not visit a group in the country where they currently work.
  • A small number of places are available for researchers working outside these countries - please contact staff@hpc-europa.org for more information.

How do I apply?

Apply online at http://www.hpc-europa.org

The next closing date is 21st February 2019. Closing dates are held 4 times per year. Applications can be submitted at any time. You should receive a decision approximately 6 weeks after the closing date.

For more information and to apply online, visit: http://www.hpc-europa.org/

ARCHER Annual User Survey 2018

We are committed to continually improving the ARCHER Service and would like to request your input to help us understand what is important to you, where the Service is working well and where there is scope for improvement. The ARCHER Annual User Survey consists of just 9 questions and should take only a few minutes of your time to complete. There are opportunities to add more detailed comments if you wish.

For each survey response received, we will donate £1 to Save The Children.

We are also offering 5 prizes of 3000 kAU on ARCHER for users who complete the survey. Winners can choose to forgo the kAU prize and for each winner that does this we will donate a further £20 to Save The Children. Winners will be drawn at random from all respondents who have left contact details after the closing date of Wednesday 20 February 2018 and the winners notified by e-mail. The prizes are only available to people with existing ARCHER user accounts.

You can find the survey at: https://edin.ac/2FO9mvn

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. The responses will be used to try and improve the service for you and to help identify key areas for service development.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Registration open now

  • Message-passing Programming with MPI, Online, Wednesday Afternoons, 20, 27 Feb, 6 & 20 Mar
  • Implementation of multi-level contact detection in granular LAMMPS to enable efficient polydisperse DEM simulations, Online webinar, Wednesday 20th March 2019 15:00
  • Efficient Parallel I/O, Imperial College London, 28 - 29 March 2019
  • Threaded programming, Southamption, 2-4 April 2019
  • GPU Programming with CUDAn Birmingham, 3-4 April 2019
  • Modern C++ for Computational Scientists, Cambridge, 16-17 April 2019
  • Message-passing Programming with MPI, Southampton, 24-26 April 2019
  • Introduction to Code_Saturne Manchester 19-20 June 2019
  • ARCHER Summer School 2019
    • Hands-on Introduction to HPC, EPCC, Edinburgh, 15-16 July 2019
    • Message-passing Programming with MPI, EPCC, Edinburgh, 17-19 July 2019

Full details and registration at http://www.archer.ac.uk/training/index.php