Tuesday 22nd 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.

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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.

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme

Collaborative research visits using High Performance Computing

Call for applications: next closing date 20th November 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 can apply?

  • 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 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 for more information.

How do I apply?

Apply online at

The next closing date is 20th November 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.

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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
  • Enabling multi-node MPI parallelisation of the LISFLOOD flood inundation model, Online webinar, 6 November 2019 15:00
  • A Fully Lagrangian Dynamical Core for the Met Office/NERC Cloud Model, Online webinar, 13th November 2019 15:00
  • 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