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ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Introduction to using Firedrake on ARCHER2, Online, 23 August 2021 13:00 - 17:00 BST (12:00 - 16:00 UTC) Parallel Performance Analysis using Scalasca, Online, Tues 27th and Thurs 29th July 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training Introduction to using Firedrake on ARCHER2 Online, 23 August 2021 13:00 -...

ARCHER2 Job Priority

An HPC service such as ARCHER2 manages thousands of user-submitted jobs per day. A scheduler is used to accept, prioritise and run this work. In order to control how jobs are scheduled all schedulers have features for defining the manner in which work is prioritised. On the ARCHER and ARCHER2...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Parallel Performance Analysis using Scalasca, Online, Tues 27th and Thurs 29th July 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training Parallel Performance Analysis using Scalasca Online, Tues 27th and Thurs 29th July 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST Scalasca is a software tool that supports the performance optimization of parallel programs...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Parallel Performance Analysis using Scalasca, Online, Tues 27th and Thurs 29th July 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training Parallel Performance Analysis using Scalasca Online, Tues 27th and Thurs 29th July 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST Scalasca is a software tool that supports the performance optimization of parallel programs...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Parallel Performance Analysis using Scalasca, Online, Tues 27th and Thurs 29th July 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training Parallel Performance Analysis using Scalasca Online, Tues 27th and Thurs 29th July 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST Scalasca is a software tool that supports the performance optimization of parallel programs...

CSE Team gain access to the main ARCHER2 system

Today saw a significant milestone in our move towards our full 23 cabinet ARCHER2 system. A small group of CSE staff gained access to the main HPE Cray EX supercomputing system today and are currently putting it through its paces. Andy, William, David, Adrian, Julien and Kevin will be testing...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Reproducible computational environments using containers - Introduction to Docker and Singularity 28 - 29 July 2021 10:00 - 16:00 BST Advanced MPI online training course 14 and 16 July 2021 09:30 - 17:00 BST ARCHER2 Maintenance 29th June Research Software Engineers in HPC: Creating Community, Building Careers, Addressing Challenges (RSE-HPC-2021)...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Code of Conduct Software Carpentry course, 21 - 24 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Code of Conduct We have recently published a new ARCHER2 Code of Conduct that covers all aspects of the service. The Code of Conduct can be summarised in the following...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Data Carpentry course, 14 - 17 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Software Carpentry course, 21 - 24 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training Data Carpentry course 14 - 17 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills...

Training on ARCHER2, what's next?

The first year of the ARCHER2 service has been very challenging, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, we have successfully delivered a fully online training programme. Since April 2020, a total of 66 days of training were delivered under the ARCHER2 service. We have used Blackboard Collaborate software for...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Data Carpentry course, 14 - 17 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Software Carpentry course, 21 - 24 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Changes to OpenMPI modules on ARCHER2 Upcoming ARCHER2 training Data Carpentry course 14 - 17 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Data Carpentry develops and teaches...

Meet the ARCHER2 team – UKRI

ARCHER2 is funded by UKRI through two partner councils, EPSRC and NERC, who started building the case for the system back in 2016. Rebecca How from EPSRC’s Research Infrastructure team joined the ARCHER2 project in January 2019, taking over the Project Manager role for the upcoming service, while also acting...

ARCHER2 MPI with OpenMP mini-app benchmarks

Quite a few application codes running on ARCHER2 are implemented using both MPI and OpenMP. This introduces an extra parameter that determines performance on a given number of nodes - the number of OpenMP threads per MPI process. The optimum value depends on the application, but is also influenced by...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

HPC Carpentry course, 2 - 3 June 2021 09:30 - 16:00 BST Data Carpentry course, 14 - 17 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Software Carpentry course, 21 - 24 June 2021 09:30 - 13:00 BST Changes to OpenMPI modules on ARCHER2 Upcoming ARCHER2 training HPC Carpentry course 2 -...

Software use on ARCHER2 - an initial look

Back in February, I reviewed the usage of different research software on ARCHER over a large period of its life. Now we have just come to the end of the first month of charged use on the ARCHER2 4-cabinet system I thought it would be interesting to have an initial...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Message-Passing Programming with MPI - new Online self-service course VASP modules updated RDFaaS available from ARCHER2 Upcoming ARCHER2 training Message-Passing Programming with MPI We are pleased to announce our new Online Self-Service Message-passing Programming with MPI is now available. Earlier this year we launched the Online Self-Service Shared Memory Programming...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Removal of VASP MKL modules and new versions available Low priority jobs on ARCHER2 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Call closes tomorrow Upcoming ARCHER2 training Removal of VASP MKL modules and new versions available Investigation of the output from VASP compiled with the Intel MKL...

Urgent atmospheric modelling of an active volcano using ARCHER2

In the evening of March 19th 2021 a volcanic eruption started in Fagradalsfjall, Iceland. Although the episode posed no threat to aviation (no ash was produced), significant amounts of volcanic gases were (and still are being) released. Such gases can cause respiratory problems, and if the concentrations are high enough,...

Attending the “Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2” course

With the end of the ARCHER service in January 2021, the ARCHER2 4-cabinet pilot system has now been operating as the national service for three months. A new architecture, programming environments, tools and scheduling system is a new challenge for users to experiment with and discover techniques to achieve optimal...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Low priority jobs on ARCHER2 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training Low priority jobs on ARCHER2 The ARCHER2 system now supports low priority jobs which allow users to run jobs at no charge when there is space on the system. To run low...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

HPE Cray Programming Environment Version 21.03 HPC TopUp call closing ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call RDFaaS available from ARCHER2 HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training HPE Cray Programming Environment Version 21.03 A new version of the HPE Cray Programming Environment (Version 21.03) has been added to ARCHER2. The...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call RDFaaS available from ARCHER2 HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call We are very pleased to announce that the 4th ARCHER2 eCSE call (ARCHER2 eCSE04) is now open for proposals. The deadline for submitting documents for technical evaluations is...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2, Online training, 20 - 22 April 2021 09:00 - 17:00 BST Understanding Package Performance, Online training, 19 April 2021 9:00 - 16:15 BST RDFaaS available from ARCHER2 HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training Efficient use of the HPE Cray...

Meet the ARCHER2 team - HPC Systems

The HPC Systems Team provides the System Development and System Operations functions for ARCHER2 - but who are we and what do we do? We are a team of 15 System Administrators and Developers who work to deploy, manage and maintain the services and systems offered by EPCC, as well...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Python on ARCHER2 Webinar Wednesday 7th April 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Understanding Package Performance, Online training, 19 April 2021 9:00 - 16:15 BST Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2, Online training, 20 - 22 April 2021 09:00 - 17:00 BST HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Charging of Jobs begins 1st April 2021 Service Desk closure over Easter Quantum Computing Without A Quantum Computer, Online webinar, Wednesday 31st March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Access to HPC call open HPC TopUp call open Short Queue on ARCHER2 Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Charging of Jobs begins...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Containers in HPC, Online webinar, Tuesday 30th March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Quantum Computing Without A Quantum Computer, Online webinar, Wednesday 31st March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST ARCHER2 Charging of Jobs Access to HPC call open HPC TopUp call open Introduction to ARCHER2 for software developers, Online course,...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Containers in HPC, Online webinar, Tuesday 30th March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Quantum Computing Without A Quantum Computer, Online webinar, Wednesday 31st March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST ARCHER2 Charging of Jobs Access to HPC call open HPC TopUp call open Introduction to ARCHER2 for software developers, Online course,...

Hello ARCHER2 - Install video

We recently received the main ARCHER2 hardware at the ACF and our team recorded the process of installation as this exciting new system was deployed. You’ll see large “Mountain” cabinets being deployed each of which holds 256 Compute Nodes with 128 CPU cores each as well as a number of...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Exploding, forming and disentangling stars with HPC, Online webinar, Wednesday 10th March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 GMT Access to HPC call open HPC TopUp call open Introduction to ARCHER2 for software developers, Online course, 29 - 30 March 2021 10:00 - 16:00 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training Exploding, forming and disentangling...

Future investment in Science

It seems strange to be thinking about how to justify investment in ARCHER3 and beyond, with ARCHER2 not fully in service yet, but it is never too early to start planning this. ARCHER generated a significant amount of world-leading science and we fully anticipate ARCHER2 will as well. It is...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Exploding, forming and disentangling stars with HPC, Online webinar, Wednesday 10th March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Access to HPC call open EPCC GPU Hackathon 19-28 April 2021 - Deadline extended Upcoming ARCHER2 training Exploding, forming and disentangling stars with HPC Online webinar, Wednesday 10th March 2021 15:00 - 16:00...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Message-passing programming with MPI, Online, 17, 22 and 24 March 2021 Shared Memory programming with OpenMP, Online self-service course EPCC GPU Hackathon 19-28 April 2021 - Deadline extended Upcoming ARCHER2 training Message-passing programming with MPI Online, 17, 22 and 24 March 2021, 09:30 - 17:00 GMT, 09:30 - 15:00 GMT...

Hello Archer2

It’s been a busy week at the Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) with the arrival of the remaining ARCHER2 cabinets. The long journey started from the HPE Cray factory in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (birthtown of Seymour Cray) before arriving in Prestwick airport. It took three separate journeys of four lorries to...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Reminder - ARCHER2 Maintenance Thursday 18th February HPC Carpentry Course 22 - 23 February 2021 10:00 - 16:00 EPCC GPU Hackathon 19-28 April 2021 - Deadline extended ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call - Deadline extended HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Maintenance Thursday 18th February 0830 There...

ARCHER Quiz

Having said Farewell to ARCHER, we invite you to try our short quiz, to see how much you can remember about the service.

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

HPC Carpentry Course 22 - 23 February 2021 10:00 - 16:00 EPCC GPU Hackathon 19-28 April 2021 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call - Deadline extended HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training HPC Carpentry Course 22 - 23 February 2021 10:00 - 16:00 This course introduces accessing remote advanced...

eCSE Panel Meeting - Behind the scenes

The ARCHER2 eCSE programme provides funding to carry out development of software used by the ARCHER2 user community. As part of our commitment to encouraging and developing Early Career Researchers, we offer a small number of early career researchers the opportunity to attend the eCSE Panel Meeting as observers. The...

From the Service Desk

Last week marked the end of the ARCHER Service after seven years. You may have heard some statistics over the last week about ARCHER but I wanted to tell you some from the helpdesk. During the lifetime of ARCHER, the User Support and Systems teams (SP) have resolved 57,489 contractual...

Research Software Use on ARCHER

Now that the ARCHER service has finished, I thought it would be interesting to take a brief look at the use of different research software on the service over its lifetime. ARCHER was in service for over 7 years: from late 2013 until its shutdown in early 2021. Over the...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

eCSE ARCHER2 webinar, Online, TODAY Wednesday 3rd February 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST EPCC GPU Hackathon 19-28 April 2021 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call - Deadline extended HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training eCSE ARCHER2 webinar, Online, TODAY Wednesday 3rd February 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Through a...

ARCHER Driving Test retrospective

Back in February 2015, a little over a year after the ARCHER service began, EPCC launched an entirely new and innovative access route, for users to get time on ARCHER via a “Driving Test” The idea behind this was to help those who had never used ARCHER, or possibly any...

ARCHER's final moments

As the ARCHER service was switched off, our colleagues at the ACF photographed and recorded ARCHER’s final moments. With a particular thank you to Connor, Aaron, Jordan, Craig and Paul at the ACF and to Spyro for putting this video together, we give you ARCHER’s final moment. It is best...

Farewell to ARCHER

At 8am this morning the ARCHER service was switched off. Funded by EPSRC and NERC, this sees the end of a remarkable service, a service that has acted as the UK’s National HPC Service for the last 7 years. Entering service at the end of 2013, just over 5.6 million...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to the first ARCHER2 weekly user mailing. End of ARCHER Service EPCC GPU Hackathon 19-28 April 2021 Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources from DECI-17 (Tier-1) and EUDAT services and resources for data management ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call - Deadline extended HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming...

ARCHER2 Early Access - communication and community

We are currently in (or have recently finished, depending on when you read this) the Early Access period for the ARCHER2 service. During this period, users nominated by their peers and the ARCHER2 teams at EPCC and HPE Cray have had access to the ARCHER2 4-cabinet system. The Early User...

ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2020 Results

ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2020 : Results Thank you to everyone who submitted images and videos to this year’s competition. The outstanding range of entries made judging a most enjoyable experience with so many great demonstrations of the important work being done using ARCHER . We are pleased to...

External audits and cake in a time of plague

With ARCHER2 part arrived and in early access, and with all the preparation to move from ARCHER to ARCHER2, with staff working remotely from home and all the other work ongoing, why on earth were we preparing for our annual ISO external audit and how could we make it work?...

Testing GROMACS on ARCHER2 4-cab

One of the upsides of working on the ARCHER2 CSE team is that, sometimes, one finds oneself in the interesting position of being the only user on the ARCHER2 four-cabinet system (at least the only apparent user – I’m sure that AdrianJ is lurking on one of the compute nodes...

ARCHER2 eCSE update

The ARCHER2 eCSE (embedded CSE) programme provides funding for software development effort for codes that will run on ARCHER2. This first call under ARCHER, the first of a regular series of ARCHER2 eCSE calls, opened back in May and closed in early July. It had been 2 years since the...

ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2020

Share your images and videos to support excellence and promote the contribution of ARCHER and ARCHER2 to outstanding research. The winner of the competition will be awarded £250. The winning image or video, along with a selection of other entries, will also be featured on the ARCHER website and in...

ARCHER2 – Build Timelapse

On the 14th July 2020 the first four cabinets of ARCHER2 arrived at the ACF and over the following few days they were unpacked, moved into position, connected up and ultimately powered up ready to go. Gregor Muir was on hand, capturing the whole process in still images and timelapse...

ARCHER2 Build Intern log

A full week on from the 4 Cab Archer2 installation (affectionately dubbed Mini-Archer2, due to only having 18% of the full Shasta system’s 5848 compute nodes), and life is beginning to quiet down again for the temporary Summer Team at the ACF. This is now the second year that the...

ARCHER2 Build Final Day

Final build day! The final day of the build of our 4 cabinet system. Yesterday saw the system booted and lots of testing carried out. First job of the day was to locate some erroneous cables that were causing power to not be read properly. Troubleshooting then identified the need...

Day 4 of the ARCHER2 Build

Day 4 and the vast majority of the work has been done, with the power commissioned and the management and storage systems configured and tested. As of last night, remote access was also enabled. As we near completion a number of our American colleagues have now left to return to...

Day 3 of the ARCHER2 Build

Day 3 and significant progress has been made. Yesterday saw the fitting of the cooling infrastructure between the mountain cabinets and the CDU. The site’s water supply has now been connected, bled and made live. All the power connections have been made and the CDU has been powered up as...

ARCHER2 – Build Day 2

Yesterday saw the first phase of ARCHER2 arrive on site, with all four Shasta Mountain cabinets moved in to their correct position. The images below show pictures of the back and the front of these cabinets. The red and blue cables are colour coded water pipes for the cooling system,...

ARCHER2 – 4 cabinets arrive

The first phase of ARCHER2 is in Edinburgh! The 4 cabinet Shasta Mountain system, the first phase of the 23 cabinet system, has completed its journey from Chippewa Falls in Wisconsin, making its way from Prestwick airport to Edinburgh this morning. The arrival of these large crates has, I admit,...

ARCHER2 – 4 cabinets ship from the US

Covid-19 has created significant challenges for the delivery of the new ARCHER2 system. It is therefore really exciting to see the first 4 cabinets of ARCHER2 leave Cray/HPE’s factory in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to begin their journey to Edinburgh. ARCHER2 will replace the current ARCHER system, a Cray XC30, as...

UKRI ARCHER2 update

UKRI are having weekly meetings with the ARCHER2 providers, EPCC and Cray/HPE. We are making good progress and are still on track to start installation of some compute capacity (a pilot system) in mid-July. We are also looking at further ARCHER extensions due to the COVID-19 delay. We now expect...

ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call

We are very pleased to announce that the 1st ARCHER2 eCSE call (ARCHER2 eCSE01) is now open for proposals. The deadline for submitting documents for technical evaluations is 16 June 2020, with the final deadline for proposal submission being 7 July 2020. Embedded CSE (eCSE) support provides funding to the...

UKRI Announce ARCHER2 services contracts awarded

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded contracts to run elements of the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, which will represent a significant step forward in capability for the UK’s science community. EPCC has been awarded contracts to run the Service Provision (SP) and Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) services for...

First ARCHER2 eCSE Call

The ARCHER2 Embedded (eCSE) Programme: Funding RSE staff Embedded within Research Communities We are pleased to announce that the ARCHER2 service has funding for a significant Embedded CSE (eCSE) programme across the lifetime of the service. The eCSE programme will fund dedicated RSE staff embedded within their research communities to...

Welcome to the ARCHER2 website!

We are pleased to welcome you to the new ARCHER2 website. Here you will find all the information about the service including updates on progress with the installation and setup of the new machine. Some sections of the site are still under development but we are actively working to ensure...

UKRI ARCHER2 Hardware Announcement

Details of the ARCHER2 hardware which will be provided by Cray (an HPE company). Following a procurement exercise, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are pleased to announce that Cray have been awarded the contract to supply the hardware for the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2. ARCHER2 should be capable on average...