ARCHER News

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Open Source HPC Benchmarking Virtual Tutorial

Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 15:00

Andy Turner, EPCC

There is a large and continuing investment in HPC services around the UK, Europe and beyond and this, along with new processor technologies appearing on the HPC market, has led to a wider range of advanced computing architectures available to researchers.

We have undertaken a comparative benchmarking exercise across a range of architectures to help improve our understanding of the performance characteristics of these platforms and help researchers choose the best services for different stages of their research workflows.

We will present results comparing the performance of different architectures for traditional HPC applications (e.g. CFD, periodic electronic structure) and synthetic benchmarks (for assessing I/O and interconnect performance limits). We will also describe how we have used an open research model where all the results and analysis methodologies are publicly available at all times. We will comment on differences between architectures and demonstrate the benefits of working in an open way.

Full details and join link : http://www.archer.ac.uk/training/virtual

Weekend queue extended for whole Holiday Weekend

We are pleased to announce that the weekend queue will be in operation for the whole of the Bank Holiday Weekend, from 12:00 Saturday 25th until 12:00 on Tuesday 28th May.

Jobs queued but not run during the weekend open hours will remain in the queue, and will be eligible to be run during a subsequent weekend.

MSSC2019 - Ab initio Modelling in Solid State Chemistry

Imperial College London from 16 - 20 September 2019.

The week long school is designed for new users of CRYSTAL, PhD students, Post-Docs and researchers with interests in solid state chemistry, physics, materials science, surface science, catalysis, magnetism and nano-science. It will provide an introduction to the capabilities of quantum mechanical simulations and to the practical use of CRYSTAL.

Further details and links for registration etc. on the website at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mssc2019/

Sheffield GPU Hackathon 2019

We are pleased to announce the Sheffield GPU Hackathon 2019, a hackathon devoted to porting scientific applications to GPUs as well optimizing existing GPU-enabled codes.

Sheffield GPU Hackathon 2019 will take place August 19-23, 2019 at Halifax Hall at Sheffield, United Kingdom. Prior GPU experience is not required, as those selected will be paired with experienced mentors who will teach them how to leverage accelerated computing in their own applications or further optimize their codes. We are looking for teams of 3-5 developers, ideally postdocs, research software engineers (RSEs) or graduate students with a scalable application to port to (or optimize on) GPU accelerators. Successful teams will be joined by two mentors with extensive GPU programming experience. Full details including the link for submissions can be found in the official announcement:

http://gpuhack.shef.ac.uk/

The submission deadline is July 1st, 2019.

While teams will have to pay for their own travel and accommodation, the hackathon itself (including lunches) is sponsored by NVIDIA and is thus free of charge.

Please feel free to pass this announcement on to interested colleagues. Any questions should be directed to gpuhack-organisers@sheffield.ac.uk

CompBioMed Conference

CompBioMed is a European Commission H2020 funded Centre of Excellence focussed on the use and development of computational methods for biomedical applications, and CompBioMed is hold its first Conference in London on 25-27 September, 2019.

The conference will address all aspects of the rapidly burgeoning domain of computational biomedicine, from genome through organ to whole human and population levels, embracing data driven, mechanistic modelling and simulation, machine learning and combinations thereof. We welcome contributions from academic, clinical and industrial participants alike.

Abstract Submission deadline is now 24th May 2019, whilst the Early Bird Registration deadline is now 31st July 2019.

Following review by the organising committee, selected papers will be invited for submission to a theme issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface Focus, due for publication in March 2020.

For more details, please visit https://www.compbiomed-conference.org/.

Promoting Science on Computers to Schools

Not an ARCHER event but may be of interest to the ARCHER community - please feel free to pass on details.

Funded by the EXDCI-2 project, EPCC is organising a 2-day workshop in Edinburgh on 8-9 July 2019 to present ideas on how science and engineering can be supported from Raspberry Pis to large scale supercomputers. We are looking to investigate how to introduce these topics to school-age audiences including linking to existing school curricula. This will include examples of existing education materials and activities and looking ahead to current plans.

We are keen to have participants from across the range of education including teachers involved in scientific subjects and primary education, and computational and data scientists with an interest in supporting school development. This workshop is intended to benefit participants from the UK and the EU.

Whilst some of the questions may seem very specific to UK Education, please do not be put off if you are coming from a different background; we want to welcome anyone and everyone with an interest, so please use the "Other" option or skip any questions that do not apply to you.

We have a limited level of funding to support travel and accommodation costs and the final question in this form will allow you to submit an application for this.

Further details including timetable and location information will be available at https://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/blog/2019/07/08/promoting-science-computers-schools-event

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Registration open now

  • Open Source HPC Benchmarking, Online, 22 May 2019 15:00
  • Software Carpentry, York, 10-11 June 2019
  • Introduction to Code_Saturne, Manchester, 19-20 June 2019
  • Advanced OpenMP, Manchester, 25-27 June 2019
  • Practical Software Development, Leeds, 10-11 July 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
  • Advanced MPI, Oxford, 22-23 July 2019
  • Single Node Performance Optimisation, Imperial, 30-31 July 2019

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