ARCHER News

Tuesday 28th May 2019

PRACE Preparatory Access Call

PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is a Research Infrastructure that allows researchers from across Europe to apply for time on high-performance computers from a series of hosting nations via a central peer review process.

Preparatory access is intended for testing and developing codes in order to prepare applications for PRACE Tier-0 project access. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the Preparatory Access Type C and Type D which includes code development with support from PRACE experts. Type C provides direct access to a Tier-0 system. Type D offers users to start the optimisation work on a PRACE Tier-1 national system to finally reach PRACE Tier-0 system scalability.

Further information are given on the PRACE web page http://www.prace-ri.eu/PRACE-Preparatory-Access

The Preparatory Access Call is a rolling call, researchers can apply for access all year. There are no closing dates, proposals for Type C and Type D will be reviewed every third month.

The next cut-off date is June 3rd, 2019.

We invite all interested scientists, whose projects fit the criteria of the PRACE call to submit their projects. The criteria for the PRACE Calls as well as complete information on the PRACE machines, how to apply and on the PRACE peer review process can be found on the website mentioned above.

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

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

  • 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