ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

ARCHER2 Charging of Jobs begins 1st April 2021

A reminder that we will be introducing charging of jobs against budgets from 1 April 2021.

Project budgets have been transferred over from ARCHER, converted to ARCHER2 CU (for those projects continuing), and new budgets created for new projects on ARCHER2. The conversion rate for ARCHER kAU to ARCHER2 CU is 1 ARCHER2 CU = 1.5156 ARCHER kAU. In identifying these conversion rates UKRI has endeavoured to ensure that no user will be disadvantaged by the transfer of their allocation from ARCHER to ARCHER2.

If you have any questions about the new budgets, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the ARCHER2 Service Desk.

Service Desk closure over Easter

  • Service Desk is closed on Friday 2nd April and Monday 5th April.
  • Service Desk resumes at 8am on Tuesday 6th April.

Quantum Computing Without A Quantum Computer

Online webinar, Wednesday 31st March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST

Quantum computers offer the exciting prospect of one day tackling problems that are intractable on classical computers, but what do you do if you don’t actually have one? Dr Oliver Thomson Brown gives a (very) brief intro to quantum computing, and shows how ARCHER2 is enabling researchers to study quantum algorithms so that when we do have access to quantum computers, we’ll have something to run on them.

This online session is open to all. It will use the Blackboard Collaborate platform.

Further details and join link:

Access to HPC call open

The Access to High Performance Computing Call, through which EPSRC users can access the council’s new and upcoming Tier-1 and Tier-2 resources has now gone live:

This call is the successor to the ARCHER RAP and Tier-2 Open Access calls processes, through which users were previously able to access each of EPSRC’s HPC resources.

  • Closing date 30 April 2021 16:00
  • Closing date for Technical assessment: 2 April 2021

  • Service Desk is closed on Friday 2nd April so Technical Assessments will be acknowledged and reviewed when staff return on Tuesday 6th April.
  • Technical Assessments must be submitted by the deadline of 4pm on Friday 2nd April - in line with UKRI guidance we are unable to accept late submissions.

HPC TopUp call open

The HPC TopUp Call, through which existing EPSRC users with an existing ARCHER2 allocation who require additional resource can apply.

  • Closing date 21 May 2021 16:00
  • Closing date for Technical assessment: 30 April 2021 16:00

Short Queue on ARCHER2

Now that ARCHER2 is being more heavily used, we would like to remind you that the Short queue is available for quick turn-around for small test jobs.

Details of all the QoS options available can be found at

Other upcoming ARCHER2 Training

  • Quantum Computing Without A Quantum Computer, Online webinar, Wednesday 31st March 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST
  • Python on ARCHER2, Online, Wednesday 7th April 2021 15:00 - 16:00 BST
  • Understanding Package Performance, Online, 19 April 2021 9:00 - 16:15 BST
  • Efficient use of the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer ARCHER2, Online, 20 - 22 April 2021 09:00 - 17:00 BST
  • Shared Memory Programming with OpenMP, Online, always-open self-service course

Further details

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


Recordings of past virtual tutorials can be found here: