ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to the first ARCHER2 weekly user mailing.

End of ARCHER Service

ARCHER was switched off at 8am on 27th January after over 7 years of service.

Over the coming days we will be publishing some blog articles including images and videos of the shutdown of ARCHER, and celebrating some of the service highlights.

EPCC GPU Hackathon 19-28 April 2021

Deadline for Applications 19th February 2021

EPCC will host a virtual GPU Hackathon and we invite applications from teams of three to six developers to take part.

The EPCC GPU Hackathon is a multi-day event designed to help teams of three to six developers accelerate their own codes on GPUs using a programming model, or machine learning framework of their choice. Each team is assigned mentors for the duration of the event and provides an exciting opportunity for scientists to accelerate their AI research or HPC codes under the guidance of expert mentors from National Labs, Universities and Industry leaders in a collaborative environment.


  • Teams are expected to be fluent with the code or project they bring to the event and motivated to make progress during the Hackathon.
  • No advanced GPU skills required, but teams are expected to know the basics of GPU programming and profiling at the event. A collection of GPU lectures, tutorials, and labs are available for all participants at no no fee (see: Please contact organisers for more information to help you prepare for the hackathon.

GPU Compute Resource:
Teams attending the event will be given access to the GPU nodes on Cirrus ( for the duration of the Hackathon. If participants prefer they can use their own GPU resource at the event.

Further details can be found at: or please contact if you have any questions.

Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources from DECI-17 (Tier-1) and EUDAT services and resources for data management

The PRACE DECI programme provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 1 June 2021. For this call additional resources and services are available from EUDAT for data management.

Applicants need not specify a particular machine or architecture, but if they do, we will endeavour to take these preferences into account.

  • Opening date: 16 December 2020, 12:00 UTC
  • Closing date: 31 January 2021, 17:00 UTC
  • Anticipated allocation decisions: May 2021
  • Allocation start: 1 June 2021
  • Allocation period: 1 year for Project Access
  • Type of access: DECI (Tier-1)

Please see the above link for more information, or email with any enquiries.

ARCHER2 Embedded CSE (eCSE) call - Deadline extended

We are very pleased to announce that the 3rd ARCHER2 eCSE call (ARCHER2 eCSE03) is now open for proposals. The deadline for submitting documents for technical evaluations is now 23 February 2021, with the final deadline for proposal submission being 16 March 2021.

Embedded CSE (eCSE) support provides funding to the ARCHER2 user community to develop software in a sustainable manner, to run on the ARCHER2 system. For this call software which results in research which is within the remit of EPSRC or NERC is eligible.

More details of how to apply are available by following the link to the eCSE calls page from here

together with details of the application and review process, assessment criteria eligibility, etc. Please note that the process for applying for an eCSE project under ARCHER2 has been updated since the ARCHER eCSE programme. More details available via the above link.

The 3rd ARCHER2 eCSE call (eCSE03) opened on: 8 December 2020

Deadline for submitting documents for technical evaluation: 16:00 Tuesday 23 February 2021

Deadline for final submission: 16:00 Tuesday 16 March 2021

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access visitor programme

Call for applications: next closing date 18th February 2021.

HPC-Europa3 funds collaborative 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 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.

Coronavirus travel restrictions: Applicants will be informed of the selection panel’s decisions in late March or early April, so visits should be planned for no earlier than May 2021. Restrictions on international travel are changing constantly and it is difficult to predict how this may affect research visits in summer 2021. Visit dates are flexible, and the dates proposed in the form can of course be changed if need be. Nevertheless, all visits must be complete by 31st October 2021, when the funding is currently due to end.

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 can apply?

  • 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 may be available for researchers working outside these countries - please contact for more information.

How do I apply?

Apply online at

The next closing date is 18th February 2021. 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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Other upcoming ARCHER2 Training

  • eCSE ARCHER2 webinar, Online, Wednesday 3rd February 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST

Further details

New virtual tutorials will be announced soon via: ARCHER2 website:


Recordings of past virtual tutorials can be found here: