Tuesday 4th December 2018

Isambard: tales from the world's first Arm-based supercomputer

Webinar - Wednesday 12th December 2018 15:00

James Price, University of Bristol
The Isambard Project, a GW4 Alliance initiative, has evaluated the performance of its Arm-based processors for HPC, the first such results available for dual socket Cavium ThunderX2 nodes. James Price will describe the results of a detailed performance comparison between Cavium ThunderX2 Arm-based CPUs with the latest state-of-the-art Skylake x86 processors. Results focus on the HPC codes that are most heavily used on the UK's national supercomputer, ARCHER, and show that for these kinds of workloads, ThunderX2 is competitive with the best x86 CPUs available today but with a significant cost advantage.

Data Carpentry Course

8 - 9 January 2019 at EPCC, Edinburgh

Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research.

Topics will include:

  • Open Refine
  • Programming in Refine
  • Managing Data with SQL

The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
The course is free of charge for all academics including students.

Full details at

ARCHER and KNL Maintenance Session: Wednesday 12th December

The whole of the Archer service will be shutdown for maintenance from 08:00 to 20:00 on Wednesday 12th December.

This will include the ARCHER login, compute and serial nodes, and the KNL.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this essential work.

ARCHER Module Changes

OpenFOAM v1712

OpenFOAM v1712 has been updated from build1 to build2. build2 is recommended for new work and is needed if you use non-OpenFOAM libraries in your user applications and libraries. build1 is still available for existing work. For more information see the documentation.

Default Module Changes

We would like to change the defaults of four ARCHER modules on Wednesday 5th December.

. . .
ModuleCurrent Default->New Default
cray-cti 1.0.6->1.0.5
cray-libpmi 5.0.7->5.0...12
cray-parallel-netcdf 1.6.1->1.8.0

For more information see:. Module Default Changes.

EMiT2019: The Emerging Technologies & Techniques Conference of 2019

University of Huddersfield, U.K. 9-11 April 2019
Abstract submission deadline: Sunday 16 December 2018

Following on from recent successful conferences, the EMiT conference series brings together experts from all areas of computing and engineering to examine how to best take advantage of the changing landscape of computer hardware. The conference aims to overcome research barriers for fields such as computational fluid dynamics, AI, data science, computational mechanics, life sciences, and financial modelling. EMiT2019 will provide a platform to present, hear about and discuss the cutting edge in computing technologies and techniques.

The organisers invite you to consider submitting an abstract to give a presentation on your work. All submissions accepted to EMiT 2019 will be published as part of the conference proceedings with an associated ISBN number. Accepted submissions will also be given the opportunity to submit an extended paper to be reviewed for inclusion in an IET journal special edition on emerging technology. And we are happy to consider "breaking news" presentations if you have work you would like to share but not necessarily publish.

Abstracts should be submitted via "EasyChair" by 16 December 2018. Full authoring details are available on the EMiT web pages.

As well as 2 days of invited and peer-reviewed presentations, we are offering a number of full 1 day training workshops on Deep Learning with NVIDIA GPUs and Neuromorphic computing with the SpiNNaker hardware, as well as insight into quantum computing, and selected stalls from vendors including our sponsors IET and ClusterVision.

Registration for the conference, and optional training workshop, is open, with discounts for students.

Full details at

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Registration open now

  • Isambard: tales from the world's first Arm-based supercomputer, Online webinar, 3pm, Wednesday 12th December 2018
  • Data Carpentry, EPCC, Edinburgh, 8-9 January 2019
  • Introduction to Spark for Da.ta Scientists, EPCC, Edinburgh, 10-11 Jan 2019
  • Hands-on Introduction to HPC, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 17-18 Jan 2019

Full details and registration at