Tuesday 18th September 2018

RSE Webinar: Interfacing to/from Python with C, FORTRAN or C++

Chris Richardson, University of Cambridge

Date: 1300 BST, Wed 19 September 2018

Connection URL:

Abstract: A beginner's guide to writing Python wrappers for high-level compiled code. Maybe you want to interface some legacy code, or have a library in C or C++, or simply need to improve performance by compiling part of your Python? Examples will include ctypes, cffi, numba and pybind11.

Bio: Chris Richardson is based at the BP Institute in the University of Cambridge. He works on various finite element software projects, and is a core developer of FEniCS, a NumFOCUS sponsored finite element package in C++/Python.

The RSE webinars are free to join, and you do not need to register in advance.

For more information on the RSE webinar series, including information on how to propose a webinar and information on upcoming webinars, please see:
This page also has recordings of the previous webinars

Supercomputing MOOC

Begins 24th Sepetember 2018 and runs for 5 weeks. You can join at any point during the course.

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

BCS Fortran Specialist Group Meeting

10.45 a.m. Thursday 27th September 2018

Wilkes Room 2, BCS London Office,
First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA

All current Fortran SG members are welcome to attend the AGM. The afternoon presentations are open to all, including non-BCS members.

Attendance is free of charge but please book your place via the Eventbrite site to ensure your admission to the Davidson building and your lunch if you want one.

Full details and booking link :

Update of PP nodes

Our systems team will be updating the second of the pp nodes, espp2, throughout the coming week.

This may mean that you may experience a login fail. If you do, please try the other node.

All running jobs will be allowed to complete before a node is taken out so we do not anticipate any impact on user jobs.

We expect to have completed this work by the end of the 21st September. Please contact the helpdesk if you experience any issues.

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme - Deadline extended to 20th September

Collaborative research visits using High Performance Computing

Please note that we have extended the September call deadline by one week to 20th September so there is still a chance to apply for this call!

Call for applications: closing dates on 20th September and 15th November 2018

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 is the programme open to?

  • 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 dates are 20th September and 15th November 2018.
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.

For more information and to apply online, visit:

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ARCHER and Tier 2 RAP call now open

We are please to inform you that the EPSRC Autumn 2018 ARCHER and Tier 2 RAP calls are now open:


Tier 2 -

Both calls have a closing date of 09 October 2018 at 16:00.

ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2018 - Deadline extended to 30th September

The ARCHER Image and Video Competition is open now, 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".

Images don't need to have been generated in the last few months - any images from any time in the ARCHER service, including photos relating to your work, and images or videos that have been post-processed.

Full details and entry form at

Closing date : 30th September 2018

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Registration open now

  • Supercomputing MOOC, Online, Starts 24 Sept 2018 for 5 weeks
  • Hands-on Introduction to HPC, Edinburgh, 9 Oct 2018 - part of Ada Lovelace Day
  • OpenMP, Online, Wednesday afternoons 13:30 24th October - 14th November
  • Parallel Design Patterns, University of Oxford, 6-8 Nov 2018
  • Message-passing Programming with MPI, Newcastle, 28-30 Nov 2018
  • HPC Carpentry, ATI London, 6-7 Dec 2018

Full details and registration at