New call opens for Tier-2 HPC Open Access

The EPSRC Resource allocation panel have opened the call for HPC access to Tier-2 systems:

The Tier-2 systems are now:

Cirrus HPC System – 10,000 core system based on Intel Xeon Broadwell
GW4 – Test bed for emerging architectures including ARM, GPU and Xeon Phi
CSD3 – 24,000 cores of Intel Xeon Skylake, 342 Intel Xeon Phi and 360 NVidia GPUs
HPC Midlands – 14,336 core system based on the Intel Xeon processor
JADE A National GPU facility – 22 NVIDIA DGX-1 Deep Learning systems

Closing date 12th Oct 2017 with projects to start before end of December 2017

ARC1 switch-off 31 May 2017

Just in case you missed it: ARC1 is being turned off at the end of May 2017.

Hello everyone,

This is another reminder that the ARC1 service closes permanently on May 31st 2017.

If you have not yet made arrangements to migrate your work over to one of the other clusters or you don’t have an account on one of the other machines you need to do this as a matter of urgency.

For account applications, see here:

ARC team

Extra HPC provision on Monsoon (NEXCS)

Hi All,
the details are here:

Project resource

Requests for NERC project resource should be made through the regular NERC process – in the early-usage stage (April 2017 – July 2017), access will be open.

Machine access

NEXCS has the same 2-factor security model as does Monsoon2; a fob is required to access a bastion machine (the lander) with subsequent ssh to the xcs. NEXCS maintains accounting groups (projects) to which users are assigned after receipt of a security fob.

Current Monsoon2 users need only be added to an appropriate NEXCS group to use the resource.

Contact NCAS-CMS to request access to NEXCS and/or access to specific projects.

ARCHER information about Intel Knights Landing (KNL)

The new generation Intel Xeon Phi is more widely known as “KNL”. The ARCHER service are commissioning a test and development small system. It is expected to be available for early adopters in late October with a month of FoC use with a subsequent step up to an AU charge.

More details can be found on this page in the webinar “Using KNL on ARCHER” (12th October 2016)

Archer Training Information

The slides are probably good enough information on their own but there is a video on the Archer Youtube channel.

HLRS: 10th International Parallel Tools Workshop

The 10th International Parallel Tools Workshop
October 4-5, 2016, Stuttgart, Germany


The growing hardware capabilities of modern supercomputers have
caused an increasing complexity of parallel applications development.
Despite numerous efforts to improve and simplify the development
process, there is still a lot of debugging of parallel applications,
in particular where these use advanced parallel concepts
or combine different parallel programming models, and performance
tuning with respect to the particular system to be done.

The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) is very pleased
to host the 10th International Parallel Tools Workshop, which is jointly
organized with the Center for Information Services and High Performance
Computing Dresden (ZIH). The Parallel Tools Workshop is an annual forum
for providers of tools for debugging and performance tuning of parallel
applications. The workshop serves a discussion forum between the
developers of state-of-the-art tools used in high-performance computing,
and allows for feedback and discussion on new challenges and techniques.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Debugging Tools and Concepts
* Performance Tools and Concepts
* Success-stories for Tool Usage
* Parallel-Programming Tools in Industrial Environments

Please refer to the programme preview on the website for titles and
abstracts of the confirmed talks:

We encourage the participation of both, experienced users who would like
to get an insight into the newest trends in creation of debugging and
analysis tools, as well as new developers who would like to get an
overview about the existing tools and techniques to be used with their
parallel applications.

Early bird registration is open until 16 September. After that, registration
is still open at a higher fee.

Further information about the workshop as well as the registration form
can be found at the website .

Yours faithfully

the organizing committee