Tuesday 1st October 2019

LAMMPS workshop

Wednesday afternoons, 16 and 23 October 2019

Julien Sindt, EPCC

LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) is a widely-used classical molecular dynamics (MD) code. This C++ code is easy to use, incredibly versatile, and parallelised to run efficiently on both small-scale personal computers and CPU/GPU/CPU&GPU HPC clusters. As of 2018, LAMMPS has been used, to some degree, in over 14,000 publications in fields as varied as chemistry, physics, material science, granular and lubricated-granular flow, etc.

The course will be run over two 2.5 hour-long sessions. The first session will be an introduction to setting up and running an MD simulation using LAMMPS. We will begin by running a simulation of a Lennard-Jones fluid before delving deeper into how simulations can be set up and run in LAMMPS. In the second session, we will discuss how to download and install LAMMPS, with a more in-depth discussion of the various packages LAMMPS offers and how to use them efficiently.

Full details and registration

Tier 2 RAP Call

EPSRC have opened the Tier 2 Open Access call.

The call is live and has a deadline for Technical Assessments of 17th October 2019 at 1600 and a closing deadline of 31st October 2019 at 1600 for applications.

The EPSRC call page can be found at:

and further details are available on the Cirrus Access page:

HPC User Forum

EPCC is pleased to be hosting the 75th HPC User Forum here in Edinburgh from 1011 October 2019.

The forum, established in 1999 to promote the health of the global HPC industry, is open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis, including users, vendors, funders, and others.

Guest speakers from many high profile research projects, HPC vendors, industrial and academic users will be presenting - see the Agenda for details.

Event info:

ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2019

The ARCHER Image and Video Competition opens today with your chance to win prizes of £150 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.

Show us how you demonstrate "ARCHER Enabling Research"

Full details and entry form at

Closing date extended: 15th October 2019

Free "Supercomputing" MOOC starting on 14th October 2019

Today's supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world - computer simulation.

This free 5-week online course will introduce you to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs. Register for the upcoming run on 14th October at

The FutureLearn platform has a paid "Upgrade" option that gives you access to the material for an extended period and the ability to obtain a Certificate of Achievement based on online tests. However, all other parts of the MOOC can be accessed for free during its run.

This course was developed by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and by SURFsara as part of the EC-funded PRACE project.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Registration open now

  • LAMMPS workshop, Online, 16 and 23 October 2019
  • Hands-on Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists, Birmingham, 30 Oct - 1 Nov 2019
  • Free "Supercomputing" MOOC starting on 14th October 2019
  • Shared-memory Programming with OpenMP - Online course, four Wednesday afternoons, 13, 20, 27 November and 4 December 2019
  • Scientific Programming with Python, Queen's University Belfast, 16-17 December 2019

Registration opening soon

  • HPC Carpentry, EPCC, Edinburgh, 9 - 10 December 2019

Full details and registration at