ARCHER News

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

RAP Calls Open for UK HPC Access

Three RAP (Resource Allocation Panel) calls are currently open for access to HPC resources for research projects within EPSRC remit:

All calls have the following deadlines:

  • Technical Assessment: submitted to appropriate helpdesk by 21 Sep 2017
  • Call Closing Date: Applications submitted by 12 Oct 2017
  • Panels Meet: Nov 2017
  • Earliest project start: Nov 2017
  • Latest project start: Dec 2017

RAP: Access to ARCHER

EPSRC offers access to ARCHER through calls for proposals to the Resource Allocation Panel (RAP). Users can request significant amounts (>1,000kAUs or >66,667 ARCHER core hours) of computing resource over a maximum one-year period. The aim of this call is to provide access to our national state-of-the-art high performance computing facility for proposals of high scientific quality that would benefit from ARCHER.

A non-exclusive list of eligible projects include:

  • Short computational projects that do not warrant a full grant application
  • UK led collaborative projects with international and/or industry partners
  • Joint applications from students (as Co-I) with proven HPC experience (e.g. a successfully completed instant access project) and their PIs
  • Projects that link consecutive standard grant applications or that aid the preparation of a grant or fellowship application
  • Extended feasibility studies and trialling application developments at scale

Further information can be found on the call page:
https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/rapaccessarchersummer2017/

RAP: Top-up of ARCHER resource on EPSRC grants

Access to the national high performance computing resource can be allocated as part of EPSRC grants at the time of award. Initially time-limited resource are granted and grant holders are invited to apply for a top-up to meet the objectives of their EPSRC grant. Applicants to this call can request ARCHER compute resource only to facilitate the remainder of their existing EPSRC grant.

Further information can be found on the call page:
https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/raptopuparchersummer2017/

RAP: Open Access to Tier-2

EPSRC is offering open access to five Tier-2 High Performance Computing facilities through this call for proposals. The five facilities users can access through this call are:

Further details on each of these centres can be found through their websites and in the call document. The aim of this call is to: Provide access to our national Tier-2 HPC facilities for adventurous high-risk, high-reward projects that will benefit from the diversity of computing architectures available at Tier-2.

A non-exclusive list of eligible projects includes:

  • Short computational projects that do not warrant a full grant application;
  • UK led collaborative projects with international and/or industry partners;
  • Joint applications from students (as Co-Is) with proven HPC experience and their PIs;
  • Projects that link consecutive standard grant applications or that aid the preparation of a grant or fellowship application;
  • Extended feasibility studies and trialling application developments at scale;
  • High-risk, high-reward projects that would benefit from using novel architectures.

Further information can be found on the call page:
https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/tier2openaccess/

ARCHER embedded CSE call

The 12th ARCHER embedded CSE (eCSE) call is now open and proposals are invited up to the deadline of 4pm (UK time) on Tuesday 19th September, 2017. Embedded CSE (eCSE) support provides funding for the ARCHER user community to develop software in a sustainable manner for running on ARCHER and future UK Tier-1 services.

More details of how to apply are available by following the link to the eCSE calls page from here
http://www.archer.ac.uk/community/eCSE/
together with details of the application and review process, assessment criteria eligibility, etc.

The 12th eCSE call opened on: 15th August 2017

Deadline for proposals: 1600 BST on Tuesday 19th September, 2017.

Proposals received after the deadline cannot be accepted. More information is available from the ARCHER helpdesk (support@archer.ac.uk).

ARCHER Maintenance 23rd August

ARCHER service will be undergoing maintenance from 08:00 to 20:00 on 23rd August.

The Archer login nodes, pp nodes, compute nodes and the RDF will be unavailable.

Supercomputing MOOC
begins 28th August 2017

Discover how supercomputers work and the real-life scientific breakthroughs made possible by today's computer simulations.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/supercomputing/

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.

Using supercomputers, we can now conduct virtual experiments that are impossible in the real world - from looking deep inside individual atoms, to studying the future climate of the earth and following the evolution of the entire universe from the big bang.

Over five weeks, this free online course will introduce you to

  • supercomputers: introducing supercomputing terminology and some of the largest machines in the world.
  • parallel computers: how they are built from hundreds of thousands of CPUs, each similar to those in a desktop PC.
  • parallel computing: using parallel processing to harness the power of all of those CPUs for a single calculation.
  • computer simulation: how we can perform virtual experiments to make real-life predictions.
  • case studies: how supercomputing is making scientific breakthroughs that were never possible before.

This supercomputing course has been developed by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at The University of Edinburgh in collaboration with SURFsara from The Netherlands.

OpenMP 4 Virtual Tutorial
Wednesday 27th September 2017 15:00 BST

Mark Bull EPCC

The latest versions of the compilers on ARCHER now all support OpenMP 4.0.

This webinar will give a tour of the new features in this version of the OpenMP standard and some examples of how they can be used.

Further details including joining instructions can be found at: Virtual Tutorials and Webinars

Upcoming Training Opportunities

  • Message-passing programming with MPI 31 Aug - 1 Sept 2017 Exeter
  • Advanced Topics in MPI in conjunction with UKCTRF 6 Sept 2017 Southampton
  • HPC for womENcourage 7th September 2017 Barcelona
  • Message-passing programming with MPI 11-12 September 2017 York
  • Advanced MPI in conjunction with INTERTWinE 12-13 September 2017 Cambridge
  • Hands-on Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 EPCC, Edinburgh
  • Advanced OpenMP in conjunction with INTERTWinE 12-14 December 2017 Imperial College London
Full details and registration...