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ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARM Forge now available ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 - closing tomorrow Data Carpentry, Online training, 18 - 21 July 2022 09:30 - 13:00 BST Performance of different routing protocols on ARCHER2: OpenFabrics and UCX, Online webinar, Wednesday 20th July 2022 15:00 - 16:00 BST Recently added Known Issues Upcoming...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

New HPE Cray Programming Environment (CPE) 22.04 available Advanced Message-Passing Programming, Online training, 29 - 30 June 2022 09:30 - 17:00 GMT Data Carpentry, Online training, 18 - 21 July 2022 09:30 - 13:00 BST ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 - closing next week Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Modelling Cake Formation in a Centrifugal Filter using the Discrete Element Method on ARCHER2, Online webinar, Wednesday 15th June 2022 15:00 - 16:00 BST SC22 SciViz Showcase call Advanced Message-Passing Programming, Online training, 29 - 30 June 2022 09:30 - 17:00 GMT GPU Programming with CUDA, The Open University, Milton...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Modelling Cake Formation in a Centrifugal Filter using the Discrete Element Method on ARCHER2, Online webinar, Wednesday 15th June 2022 15:00 - 16:00 BST ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training Modelling Cake Formation in a Centrifugal Filter using the...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Platinum Jublilee Holiday ARCHER2 Reservations via SAFE ARCHER2 Changes to default versions of CASTEP, ONETEP, VASP6 ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Platinum Jubilee Holidays The ARCHER2 Service Desk will be closed on Thursday 2nd June and...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

A CFD tool for the simulation of renewable energy devices using GPU accelerated hardware, Online webinar, Wednesday 25th May 2022 15:00 - 16:00 BST ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training A CFD tool for the simulation of renewable energy...

Getting started using ARCHER2 and HPC

The Service Desk team have helped more than a few people get from ‘zero’ to ‘HPC whizz’, so here we summarise all the useful information we have compiled over the years. This isn’t meant as a how-to guide, but a signpost to all the resources and materials which we think...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Centrally supported software list update Dynamic hydrogen-bond networks for pH sensing at the membrane interface, webinar, Wednesday 18th May 2022 15:00 - 16:00 BST ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training Centrally supported software list update The CSE team is...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 Large node count jobs now more stable ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Annual User Survey 2021-22 We are committed to continually improving the ARCHER2 Service and would like to request your input to help us understand what...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Performance Analysis Workshop (Scalasca) Online 9 - 10 May 2022 09:30 - 16:30 BST ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training Performance Analysis Workshop (Scalasca) Online 9 - 10 May 2022 09:30 - 16:30 BST Scalasca is a software tool that supports the performance optimization...

Business continuity management for ARCHER2

If you run a data centre building full of expensive kit used to run a variety of services including ARCHER2, how do you minimise the chances of something negatively impacting the services you run, and how do you decide what to work on first if something does happen that impacts...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Assessing the nature and role of band alignment of copper oxides heterostructures, Online webinar, Wednesday 27th April 2022 15:00 - 16:00 Plotting and Programming with Python, Online, 28 April 2022 10:00 - 17:00 BST Performance Analysis Workshop (Scalasca) Online 9 - 10 May 2022 09:30 - 16:30 BST Survey on...

The ARCHER2 eCSE Programme – software development opportunities for PDRAs and RSEs

The eCSE is a funding programme that provides the opportunity for UK based researchers to secure funding for PDRAs and RSEs to carry out software development projects aimed at codes to be run on ARCHER2. With regular calls for funding, this is a key opportunity to enhance the performance and...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

High-resolution prediction of wind profile and wind turbine aerodynamics using CFD and HPC, Online webinar, Wednesday 20th April 2022 15:00 - 16:00 BST ARCHER2 for Data Scientists, Online, 22 April 2022 10:00 - 17:30 BST Plotting and Programming with Python, Online, 28 April 2022 10:00 - 17:00 BST FHI-aims now...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Introduction to ARCHER2 for Software Developers Online, 19 - 20 April 2022 10:00 - 16:00 BST ARCHER2 for Data Scientists, Online, 22 April 2022 10:00 - 17:30 BST High-resolution prediction of wind profile and wind turbine aerodynamics using CFD and HPC, Online webinar, Wednesday 20th April 2022 15:00 - 16:00...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Introduction to ARCHER2 for Software Developers ARCHER2 for Data Scientists, Online, 22 April 2022 10:00 - 17:30 BST Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training Introduction to ARCHER2 for Software Developers Online, 19 - 20 April 2022 10:00 - 16:00 BST The lesson aims to answer the following questions: What...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2 Introduction to ARCHER2 for Software Developers Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2 Online, 5 - 7 April 2022 09:00 - 17:00 BST This three day workshop will provide attendees with the...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Slurm Maintenance, Wednesday 30th March Advanced use of LAMMPS Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2 Introduction to ARCHER2 for Software Developers Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training Slurm Maintenance Wednesday 30th March There will be a short interruption to the slurm batch system next Wednesday 30th...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Message-passing programming with MPI, Online, 23, 24 and 31 March 2022 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 09:00 - 15:00 BST on final day Advanced use of LAMMPS Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2 Recently added Known Issues Upcoming ARCHER2 training Message-passing programming with MPI Online 23, 24 and...

Commercial access to ARCHER2 and Cirrus

EPCC provides world-class supercomputing and data facilities and services for science and business. We are a leading centre in the field, renowned globally for research, innovation and teaching excellence. EPCC has three key foundations: the hosting, provision and management of high performance computing (HPC) and data facilities for academia and...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Recently added Known Issues UK wide Research and Innovation (R&I) Workforce Survey CASTEP 21.1.1 available Message-passing programming with MPI, Online, 23, 24 and 31 March 2022 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 09:00 - 15:00 BST on final day Upcoming ARCHER2 training Recently added Known Issues The “Known Issues” page of the...

UK wide Research and Innovation (R&I) Workforce Survey

All ARCHER2 users are encouraged to take part in the first UK wide Research and Innovation (R&I) Workforce Survey which is currently open for submissions (see below). The first UK wide survey of the Research and Innovation workforce: You are invited to take part in the first UK wide Research...

Investigating the performance of NAMD and NEMO on ARCHER2

In this blog, I will show results for the optimisation and tuning of NAMD and NEMO based on the ARCHER2 architecture. We looked at the placement of parallel processes and varying the runtime configurations to generalise optimisations for different architectures to guide users in their own performance tests. We found...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

The Hitchhikers’ Guide to ARCHER2, Online webinar, Wednesday 2nd March 2022 15:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 for Package Users, Online, 10 March 2022 10:00 - 16:00 GMT Message-passing programming with MPI, Online, 23, 24 and 31 March 2022 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 09:00 - 15:00 BST on final day Upcoming ARCHER2...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

The Hitchhikers’ Guide to ARCHER2, Online webinar, Wednesday 2nd March 2022 15:00 - 16:00 Message-passing programming with MPI, Online, 23, 24 and 31 March 2022 09:00 - 16:30 GMT, 09:00 - 15:00 GMT on final day ARCHER2 for Package Users, Online, 10 March 2022 10:00 - 16:00 GMT ARCHER2 for...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

The Hitchhikers’ Guide to ARCHER2, Online webinar, Wednesday 2nd March 2022 15:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 for Data Scientists, Online, 28 February 2022 10:00 - 17:00 GMT ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training The Hitchhikers’ Guide to ARCHER2 Online webinar, Wednesday 2nd March 2022 15:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 is...

Computing Insight UK: Lots of computing, insights, and nice to be back meeting in person!

In December EPCC was involved in attending and contributing to Computing Insight UK (CIUK) which was held in Manchester over two days. With players from across UK academia and industry, this annual conference focusses on the UK’s contribution to HPC and is a great opportunity to hear about new trends,...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call We are very pleased to announce that the 6th ARCHER2 eCSE call (ARCHER2 eCSE06) is now open for proposals. The deadline for submitting documents for technical evaluation is 16:00 on 22nd Feb 2022 with the final deadline...

Software usage data on ARCHER2

In this blog, I will introduce how we collect software usage data from Slurm on ARCHER2, introduce the sharing of this data on the ARCHER2 public website and then have a look at differences (or not!) in software usage on ARCHER2 between two months: December 2021: the initial access period...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

QM/MM with GROMACS + CP2K online self-service course Paper submissions invited for pilot HPC ReproHack International HPC Summer School 2022 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training QM/MM with GROMACS + CP2K online self-service course This course explains key aspects relating to the use of QM/MM for biomolecular simulation...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Driving Test Introduction to ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 31 January - 1 February 2022 10:00 - 16:00 GMT International HPC Summer School 2022 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Driving Test We are delighted to announce that the ARCHER2 Driving Test is now available. The...

ARCHER2 Driving Test launched

We are delighted to announce that the ARCHER2 Driving Test is now available. The ARCHER2 Driving Test is an online assessment tool which allows those new to ARCHER2 to demonstrate that they are sufficiently familiar with ARCHER2 and HPC to start making use of it. It is suitable for anyone...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

High-performance materials modelling using CASTEP on ARCHER2, Online, Wednesday 19th January 2022 15:00 - 16:00 Introduction to ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 31 January - 1 February 2022 10:00 - 16:00 GMT ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training High-performance materials modelling using CASTEP on ARCHER2 Webinar Wednesday 19th...

Disaster recovery testing to improve resilience

To keep the ARCHER2 National HPC Service running around the clock requires specialised staff, covering everything from the Service Desk and science support, through to hardware maintenance and data-centre hosting, alongside third-party suppliers for power, networking, accommodation, and so on. Coordinating these elements is a complex task, even in normal...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Full System Transition Modelling volcanic plumes using ARCHER2, Webinar Wednesday 12th January 2022 15:00 - 16:00 Integrating discrete exterior calculus (DEC) into the ParaFEM library, Webinar Thursday 13th January 2022 15:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Full System Transition Charging was enabled on...

ARCHER2 4Cabinet System closure: Monday 10th January 12:00 GMT

This morning, we were notified by HPE that the ARCHER2 4Cabinet system will be removed from service on Monday 10th January at 12:00 GMT. Users will be unable to access the system after this time. Please ensure you have removed any data (including software) that you require that is stored...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Full System Transition ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Full System Transition Charging is enabled on ARCHER2 full system from 4th January 2022. This means that all jobs which end after 10:00 GMT on Tuesday 4th January will be charged. As the future of the ARCHER2...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Full System Transition ARCHER2 Festive Period ARCHER2 login nodes ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Full System Transition Charging will be enabled on ARCHER2 full system on 4th January 2022. As the future of the ARCHER2 4-Cabinet system is unclear beyond 4th January 2022, please remove...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Full System Transition ARCHER2 Festive Period ARCHER2 login nodes ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Efficient Parallel IO on ARCHER2, Online 11 January 2022 09:30 - 17:00 Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Full System Transition Charging will be enabled on ARCHER2 full system on 4th January 2022. As the future of...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Data Transfer of /work - a reminder ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call Invitation to request a copy of the ARCHER2 Calendar 2022 Efficient Parallel IO on ARCHER2, Online 11 January 2022 09:30 - 17:00 Upcoming ARCHER2 training Data Transfer of /work - a reminder A reminder that users are responsible...

ARCHER2 Sixth Embedded CSE (eCSE) call

We are very pleased to announce that the 6th ARCHER2 eCSE call (ARCHER2 eCSE06) is now open for proposals. The deadline for submitting documents for technical evaluation is 16:00 on 22nd Feb 2022 with the final deadline for proposal submission being 16:00 on 15th Mar 2022. Embedded CSE (eCSE) support...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 User drop-in session, Online, 1 December 2021 14:00 - 16:00 Invitation to request a copy of the ARCHER2 Calendar 2022 Efficient Parallel IO on ARCHER2, Online 11 January 2022 09:30 - 17:00 ARCHER2 for Package Users, Online, 2 December 2021 10:00 - 16:00 Data Transfer of /work - a...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Budgets on ARCHER2 full system Computing Insight UK 2021 ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 results ARCHER2 User drop-in session, Online, 1 December 2021 14:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 29 - 30 November 2021 10:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 for Package Users, Online, 2 December 2021 10:00 -...

Introducing the ARCHER2 full system

The ARCHER2 full system was opened to users on the morning of Monday 22 November 2022. In this blog post I introduce the full system and its capabilities, and look forward to additional developments on the service in the future. TL;DR For those who just want to get stuck in...

ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 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 ARCHER2 . We are pleased to announce the winners as follows: Winning Image: Dr...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Introduction to the full ARCHER2 system, Webinar, Wednesday 17th November 2021 15:00 - 16:00 TODAY EPSRC Access to HPC call ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 29 - 30 November 2021 10:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 for Package Users, Online, 2 December 2021 10:00 - 16:00 Upcoming ARCHER2 training Introduction to the...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Introduction to the full ARCHER2 system, Webinar, Wednesday 17th November 2021 15:00 - 16:00 EPSRC Access to HPC call ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 29 - 30 November 2021 10:00 - 16:00 ARCHER2 for Package Users, Online, 2 December 2021 10:00 - 16:00 HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Preparation for transition to full system EPSRC Access to HPC call ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 29 - 30 November 2021 10:00 - 16:00 GMT HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training Preparation for transition to full system We are working behind-the-scenes to prepare projects for the transition to...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Preparation for transition to full system EPSRC Access to HPC call Parallel IO on ARCHER2, Online, Wednesday 20th October 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Understanding Package Performance, Online, 28 October 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 29 - 30 November 2021 10:00 - 16:00 GMT HPC-Europa3...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Preparation for transition to full system EPSRC Access to HPC call Parallel IO on ARCHER2, Online, Wednesday 20th October 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST Understanding Package Performance, Online, 28 October 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 29 - 30 November 2021 10:00 - 16:00 GMT ARCHER2...

Access to HPC call open

We are pleased to announce that the latest EPSRC Access to HPC call has been opened today. The services available are: tier 1 ARCHER2, for simulations and calculations that need parallelised processing cores tier 2 services with a range of architectures for different computational needs. Deadline for submission of TAs...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Introduction to CP2K, Online, 11 - 12 October 2021 13:00 - 16:00 BST Understanding Package Performance, Online, 28 October 2021 09:30 - 16:30 BST ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 29 - 30 November 2021 10:00 - 16:00 GMT Cirrus: Accelerated Computing Resource for Researchers, Online webinars, Tuesday 12th October 2021...

ISO External Audit Success

EPCC are delighted to be able to announce that we have passed our ISO 9001 Quality and 27001 Information Security external audits with flying colours. We put the highest importance on service delivery and secure handling of customer data throughout the year. Despite this, it is still a nerve racking...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Maintenance - Thursday 30th September ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 - Closing date extended to 17th October Name change for ARCHER2 4 Cabinet System ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) and Early Career eCSE Panel Observers calls HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme First year of the ARCHER2 training service: a...

DEA Audits – a world of pain

In spring 2020 EPCC became one of the very few organisations in the UK to become accredited data processors under the Digital Economy Act (DEA), one of exactly 8 accredited data processors in the UK! This was for the hosting and technical management of the National Safe Haven. EPCC is...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Name change for ARCHER2 4 Cabinet System ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) and Early Career eCSE Panel Observers calls ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 First year of the ARCHER2 training service: a retrospective and forward look - Webinar Advanced OpenMP, Online, 5 and 8 October 2021 09:00 - 17:00 BST...

Using Containers to Install GUI-based Tools on ARCHER2

We have all become accustomed to having a wide range of pre and post-processing tools available to us on our laptops, which can make working on the login nodes of a large HPC system such as ARCHER2 rather inconvenient if your favourite tools aren’t available. On something fairly standard like...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) and Early Career eCSE Panel Observers calls ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 Advanced OpenMP, Online, 5 and 8 October 2021 09:00 - 17:00 BST ARCHER2 for Software Developers, Online, 18 - 19 October 2021 10:00 - 16:00 BST Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE)...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) and Early Career eCSE Panel Observers calls ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) and Early Career eCSE Panel Observers calls ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call We are very pleased to announce that the 5th...

ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021

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 ARCHER2 website and in...

A Container Factory for HPC

This blog post follows on from “HPC Containers?”, which showed how to run a containerized GROMACS application across multiple compute nodes. The purpose of this post is to explain how that container was made. We turn now to the container factory, the environment within which containers are first created and...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 ARCHER2 for software package users, Online, 31 August 2021 10:00 - 16:00 BST Performance Optimisation on AMD EPYC, Online, 7 - 8 September 2021 9:30-17:30, 9:30-16:00 BST HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training ARCHER2 Image and Video Competition 2021 The ARCHER2 Image...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Performance Optimisation on AMD EPYC, Online, 7 - 8 September 2021 9:30-17:30, 9:30-16:00 BST ARCHER2 for software package users, Online, 31 August 2021 10:00 - 16:00 BST HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Upcoming ARCHER2 training Performance Optimisation on AMD EPYC Online, 7 - 8 September 2021 9:30-17:30, 9:30-16:00 BST This...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Update to VASP 6 version: VASP 6.2.1 and removal of old versions ARCHER2 for software package users, Online, 31 August 2021 10:00 - 16:00 BST HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Introduction to using Firedrake on ARCHER2, Online, 23 August 2021 13:00 - 17:00 BST (12:00 - 16:00 UTC) Upcoming ARCHER2...

HPC Containers?

Containers are a convenient means of encapsulating complex software environments, but can this convenience be realised for parallel research codes? Running such codes costs money, which means that code performance is often tuned to specific supercomputer platforms. Therefore, for containers to be useful in the world of HPC, it must...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Introduction to using Firedrake on ARCHER2, Online, 23 August 2021 13:00 - 17:00 BST (12:00 - 16:00 UTC) Upcoming ARCHER2 training HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Call for applications: next closing date 9th September 2021. HPC-Europa3 funds collaborative research visits for computational scientists in any...

ARCHER2 final cabinets arrive

This week the final cabinets to complete the full ARCHER2 system have arrived onsite in Edinburgh on multiple trucks. The boxes were so large that doors had to be removed. All cabinets are now safely in place, with water cooling enabled. Further work to integrate them into the system is...

ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Introduction to using Firedrake on ARCHER2, Online, 23 August 2021 13:00 - 17:00 BST (12:00 - 16:00 UTC) Upcoming ARCHER2 training HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme Call for applications: next closing date 9th September 2021. HPC-Europa3 funds collaborative research visits for computational scientists in any...

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...