ARCHER2 Weekly Newsletter

Data Transfer of /work - a reminder

A reminder that users are responsible for transferring any required data from /work on the 4 Cabinet system to /work on the full system.

Details can be found at:

if you require further assistance please contact

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 for proposal submission being 16:00 on 15th Mar 2022.

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 is eligible. Funding can be requested for staff located at the institution of the PI, third parties, or can include staff from the centralised CSE support team or a mixture of the above. Proposals may request effort from between 1 and 12 person months (inclusive).

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.

eCSE call dates

Deadline for submitting eCSE06 documents for technical evaluation: 16:00 on Tuesday 22nd February 2022

Deadline for final eCSE06 submission: 16:00 Tuesday 15th March 2022

A recent webinar can be found here:

which includes a walk through of the submission of a proposal.

Invitation to request a copy of the ARCHER2 Calendar 2022

ARCHER2 calendar

We are delighted to announce the return of the ARCHER2 Calendar for 2022 after we were unable to produce one last year. If you would like to receive a copy, posted right to your desk, please just fill in the request form

Copies are limited so do please sign up soon to avoid disappointment.

The calendar features images from the ARCHER2 Image and Video competition and information about the associated work on ARCHER2 and the teams involved.

Efficient Parallel IO on ARCHER2

Online 11 January 2022 09:30 - 17:00

One of the greatest challenges to running parallel applications on large numbers of processors is how to handle file IO. Standard Unix IO routines are not designed with parallelism in mind, and IO overheads can grow to dominate the overall runtime. Parallel file systems are optimised for large volumes of data, but performance can be far from optimal if every process opens its own file or if all IO is funnelled through a single controller process.

This hands-on course explores a range of issues related to parallel IO. It uses ARCHER2 and its parallel Lustre file system as a platform for the exercises; however, almost all the IO concepts and performance considerations are applicable to any parallel system.

Full details and registration

Upcoming ARCHER2 Training

  • Efficient Parallel IO on ARCHER2, Online, 11 January 2022 9:30 - 17:00 GMT
  • Message-passing Programming with MPI, Online, always-open self-service course
  • 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 courses and virtual tutorials can be found here: