Tuesday 19th November 2019

RDF Maintenance - Wednesday 20th November from 9am to 5pm

The RDF filesystems /nerc, /epsrc and /general will be unavailable on Wednesday 20th November from 9am to 5pm.

The network between Archer and the RDF will be upgraded from 20Gb/s to 80Gb/s in order to speed up transfers of data from Archer to the RDF.

This will also involve updates to the configuration on the login nodes and so users are advised to access the login nodes using rather than directing logins to a specific login node.

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

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 December 2nd, 2019.

All interested scientists, whose projects fit the criteria of the PRACE call, are invited 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.

Enabling multi-node MPI parallelisation of the LISFLOOD flood inundation model

Postponed to Wednesday 4th December 2019 15:00

Arno Proeme, EPCC

The availability of higher-resolution topographic datasets covering greater spatial domains has soared in recent years, pushing the limits of computational resources beyond those typically found in regional HPC services. In addition, many countries that are subject to large-scale flooding each year do not have access to real-time flood forecasting software. This webinar describes how HAIL-CAESAR, a geosciences code that implements the LISFLOOD flood inundation model, was ported to make use of LibGeoDecomp - a C++ stencil code HPC library - to enable multi-node parallelism. Whilst currently single inundation scenarios can take multiple days to run using standard hydrological modelling software, this project paves the way for ensemble runs that can be initiated on the basis of a 24 or 48 hour rainfall forecast and complete within shorter timescales, which should ultimately have major implications for flood warnings in developing countries.

Full details and join link

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

  • Shared-memory Programming with OpenMP - Online course, four Wednesday afternoons, 13, 20, 27 November and 4 December 2019
  • Enabling multi-node MPI parallelisation of the LISFLOOD flood inundation model, Online webinar, postponed to 4 December 2019 15:00
  • HPC Carpentry, EPCC, Edinburgh, 9 - 10 December 2019
  • Hands-on Introduction to HPC, EPCC, Edinburgh, 7-8 January 2020
  • GPU Programming with CUDA, EPCC, Edinburgh, 9-10 January 2020
  • Advanced MPI, Imperial College London, 27-28 January 2020

Full details and registration at