UNRESP project starts with meetings in Nicaragua

The UNRESP project UNRESP site is https://unresp.wordpress.com/ has started preparations with INETER (http://www.ineter.gob.ni/)in Nicaragua. Project leader Evgenia Ilyinskaya has organised the event.

CEMAC technical specialists will provide effort for installing the dispersion model (currently CALPUFF) and the processing of data acquired from field SO2, SO4 sensors and provide an interface for viewing the concentrations overlaid on geographical map.

The project is 50% FTE CEMAC time, from February 2018 to February 2019.

My first clear view of masaya volcano. Expect better shots to follow

British Library Web Archiving Visit

The British Library UK Web Archive team (https://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/) is developing a strategy for archiving project websites from Higher Education Institutions. Staff from the Web Archive would like to learn more about University of Leeds requirements in this area. We are hosting a meeting on Level 13 of the Edward Boyle Library (Mon 30th October, 11.00-1.30pm) and would like to make sure that several academic disciplines are represented in the discussion. The meeting with be an opportunity to learn about what the UK Web Archive (run as part of the British Library) can offer, to discuss whether researchers would like to archive websites and, if so, how this can be made an easy process. The discussion will cover technical aspects of web archiving, IPR considerations and website lifecycle – what should happen at website set up and what happens if a website is ‘retired’. The UK Web Archive is interested in good practice for new websites but also how to approach our legacy websites at the University of Leeds. It would be great if you were able to join us to share your own views and questions about web archiving. If you’re not free, do you have colleagues who might be interested?

Please register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-web-archive-workshop-tickets-38779435335
Lunch will be provided.

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

Research Council UK Global Challenge Research Fund Regional Events, Leeds and Manchester 2017

Reported on N8 recently:

The Leeds event on the 19th September 2017 will be held in the Radisson Blu Hotel and the whole day event will cover detailed information on GCRF and ODA compliance and it will also include a networking lunch. Speakers from RCUK will be available for questions on the day and experienced GCRF project leads will present learning points and challenges. The event provides a great opportunity to discuss projects currently under development and also to start collaborations for the next round of calls.

Here is the N8HPC news item:

Link to event ticketing (Can be found also on above link):
Even Brite Site

JASMIN User conference under way 27th-28th June 2017

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The JASMIN2017 User Conference can now be viewed from STFC’s public website at


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Organised by CEDA and NERC The second JASMIN Conference on Advanced Computing for Environmental Science will be held at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) on 27th and 28th June 2017. We anticipate around 200 attendees from universities and research institutions across the UK and further afield. The conference will have lectures, talks and posters covering a wide variety of cutting-edge research topics ranging from method development to applications, all pushing the limits of environmental informatics.

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: http://arc.leeds.ac.uk/apply/getting-an-account/

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.