Microsoft Azure Training

Microsoft Research is offering a free, hands-on, cloud computing training course in partnership with the University of Sheffield. The course will take place on Wednesday 21st September 2016.

Attendees will be able to access Microsoft Azure on their own laptop during the training, and will have access for evaluation purposes for up to one month after the event. A Microsoft Windows operating system is not required as Microsoft Azure is accessed via Internet browser, Linux/Mac/Windows command-line and programming language APIs.

This course is for Faculty, researchers, and PhD students using any language, framework, or platform. This includes Linux, Python, R, MATLAB, Java, Hadoop, STORM, SPARK, and Microsoft technologies such as C#, F#, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Azure SQL Database, and various Microsoft Azure services. More information is available at and registration is now open at

Researchers are also invited to apply for up to 12 months of access to significant cloud computing resources through the Microsoft Azure for Research Awards program. Apply by 15 October 2016, and every two months thereafter, at


EuroMPI 2016 Edinburgh Sept 2016

EuroMPI is the leading conference for users and developers of MPI. Hosted in Edinburgh on the 25th – 28th Sept 2016, there will be 4 days of networking, discussion and skills building. The theme of this year’s conference is “Modern Challenges to MPI’s Dominance in HPC”.

Technical papers discussion will include:

  • Useful optimisations of existing MPI functions
  • Interesting directions for future MPI functionality
  • Practical experiences with fault-tolerant MPI programs
  • Exciting progress toward million-thread MPI capability.


EuroMPI Keynotes

* Jonathan Dursi, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research: “How Can MPI Fit Into Today’s Big Computing?”
For years, the academic science and engineering community was almost alone in pursuing very large-scale numerical computing, and MPI was the lingua franca for such work. In this talk, Jonathan looks to see where MPI and the MPI community fits in to this new ecosystem.

* Bill Gropp, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “MPI: The Once and Future King”
Will MPI continue to be relevant, or will some new programming system replace it? Bill’s talk will review the reasons for MPI’s success, including the addition of new features in MPI-2, MPI-3, and planned for MPI-4, and argues why MPI will continue to be the parallel programming system for highly scalable applications.

* Kathryn Mohror, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “Getting Insider Information via the New MPI Tools Information Interface”
MPI 3.0 introduced a new interface for MPI support tools called the MPI Tools Information Interface. With this interface, for the first time, tools can access MPI internal performance and configuration information.

* David Lecomber, Allinea Software: “HPC’s a-changing, so what happens to everything we know?”
The world of HPC is changing faster than it has changed for a long time. HPC has a wider reach than ever. With so much in flux – what does that mean and what can be done for HPC insiders to thrive in the new world?

Workshops and Tutorials at EuroMPI: Register Now

EuroMPI has a commitment to a strong programme of tutorials, with this year’s tutorials on Sunday 25th September including:

* Machine Learning at Scale – Tom Ashby, IMEC, Belgium, & Tom Vander Aa, Exascience Lab at IMEC, Belgium.

This tutorial aims to give the HPC audience insight into the needs and opportunities for using HPC tools for machine learning on large data sets.

* Survival in an MPI World – George Bosilca, Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee.

In this tutorial, we will present a holistic approach to fault tolerance by introducing multiple fault management techniques, while maintaining the focus on User Level Failure Mitigation (ULFM), a minimal extension of the MPI specification to introduce resilience in applications.

Full details of the tutorials are available at:

Registration closes on the 19th of September 2016.  Details of how to register are available at

Computationally Efficient Modelling & Simulation

This one-day free of charge White Rose consortium sponsored event aims to bring together, leading experts and early career researchers actively working in the fields of system modelling and simulation in both scientific computing and application areas to:

  • identify suitable numerical approaches that would be able to address the computational challenges arising in complex system modelling and simulation;
  • enhance the existing cross-fertilisation between these two areas of mathematics and application;
  • bring about new ideas for the development of novel, fast, and parsimonious numerical solvers;
  • able to answer urgent questions in complex system problems.

The event will be held at Halifax Hall, Sheffield on Wednesday 12th October 2016.  The day will feature:

  • keynote speeches by renowned experts in complex system modelling and simulation
  • presentations and engaging displays of high-quality research
  • networking opportunities and one-to-one discussions with academics and researchers during lunch and refreshments

To submit an abstract or register visit: 

Deadline for registration is 20 August 2016

Computing Insight UK 2016

Save the date: 14-15 December 2016
Location: Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, UK

STFC are lining up an exciting programme of speakers for you at CIUK 2016, ready to highlight the way high performance computing, data-centric and cognitive technologies are accelerating research, boosting business and changing the world around us.

This year’s event will include:

  • Speaking sessions with leading experts
  • Exhibition 
  • Breakout sessions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exhibitor forum

Exhibitor registration opens: 8 August 2016
Delegate registration opens: 5 September 2016

Early bird rate: £59 (Available until 31 October 2016)
Full rate: £99

Find out more about CIUK 2016 on the event website.

Inaugural UK Fluids Conference

The EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds and Imperial College London have joined forces to organise what is planned to be a new annual UK Fluids Conference. The primary intention is to encourage greater cohesion and interaction amongst the fluids communities in the UK and to be of benefit, in particular, to PhD students.

Dates:  7 – 9 September 2016

Venue:  Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus



Plenary Speakers:

  • Prof Janet Barlow, University of Reading – The fluid dynamics of urban meteorology
  • Prof Oliver Jensen, University of Manchester – Grow with the flow: applications of viscoplasticity
  • Prof Neil Sandham, University of Southampton – Compressibility and pressure fluctuations in turbulent flows
  • Prof Andy Woods, BP Institute, University of Cambridge –Ash flows, turbidites and blowouts: multiphase buoyancy-driven flows

For more information and to submit an abstract (max 200 words) for a contributed talk or poster presentation, visit the conference website


  • Abstract submission:  25 April
  • Notification of abstract acceptance:  31 May
  • Early bird registration deadline: 17 June
  • Registration deadline: 1st September

Registration rates are given below and include refreshments on Wednesday to Friday and lunch & dinner on Thursday. Advice on booking accommodation is available from the conference website

  • Early bird Student rate £50 (until 17 June)
  • Early bird Standard rate £150 (until 17 June)
  • Student rate £100 (from 18 June)
  • Standard rate £200 (from 18 June)

The conference is a joint collaboration and will be subsidised by the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in Fluids Dynamics at Imperial College London and the University of Leeds. The members of the organising committee are:

  • Professor Peter Jimack, CDT Director and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Professor Christos Vassilicos, CDT Director, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London
  • Professor Chris Jones, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds
  • Professor Cath Noakes, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Dr Andrew Ross, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
  • Professor Omar Matar, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Professor Peter Schmid, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London
  • Professor Berend van Wachem, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London



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