Autumn Academy for High Performance Computing

The HPC Short Courses Consortium wishes to announce the fifth Autumn Academy for High Performance Computing which will take place 12th – 23rd September, 2016 at the Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge.


Who should attend?

The Autumn Academy is suitable for any researcher who has some familiarity with programming and wishes to start modifying and/or writing code for use on mid and high performance computer resources.

The Academy is particularly well suited to PhD students or those on other research degrees who are about to start their first or second year of research in any area of Scientific Computing, although we also welcome applications from more experienced researchers.



Please consider recommending this to students you will have starting in September/October, as well as to those who started since October 2014.


What is covered?

The Academy will lead students through programming (C or Fortran) parallel programming (OpenMP and MPI) program profiling and optimisation, and common numerical analysis methods. The course will provide both underpinning expertise essential for all application areas, and the opportunity to apply them in focussed workshops within three themes: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Atomistic and Molecular Modelling and Machine Learning

Teaching will take place through a mix of lectures and hands-on practicals using both local and national HPC facilities.

Further information can be found at


Applications and Deadlines

  • Applications should be submitted via the web site by 14th August 2016
  • Applications for bursaries should be made by July 3rd 2016.

(Applications received after this date will be considered only if places and funding is still available)


Who is the HPC Short Courses Consortium?

The HPC short Courses Consortium is a group of 12 UK Universities and the STFC Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, and was formed in response to an EPSRC call to provide advanced short course training in HPC. The Consortium will also be organising a programme of courses on more advanced HPC topics. More information is available from the website.

The Consortium was established and is supported by the EPSRC.


Emerging Technology ‘EMiT’ 2016 – Register now

Registration is open for the upcoming third edition of the Emerging Technology ‘EMiT’ conference to be held on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. Building on the successes of the previous two years, EMiT 2016 aims to continue to provide a platform to discuss cutting edge advancements in emerging computing technologies and techniques.


The conference will bring together leading key figures in the emerging computing communities, developers and end users of new software & state-of-the-art hardware, with its untapped capabilities, along with vendors from across the international arena to address the following objectives:

  1. Identify the latest trends in hardware development for novel computing;
  2. Share how best to exploit emerging tech for application development;
  3. Focus on new techniques, their development and transfer to new areas.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Michele Weiland – ADEPT Project, EPCC
  • Dr William Sawyer – Exa2Green, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
  • Chris Adeniyi-Jones – ARM
  • Dr Estela Suarez – DEEP-ER Project, Jülich Supercomputing Centre
  • Prof. Lorena Barba – George Washington University

More details of the programme for EMiT 2016 can be found on the conference website.

This EMiT 2016 standard registration rate is €100 for both days. We also offer a reduced student rate of €75, which comes with the opportunity for student registrants to submit aposter describing their current research in the area of emerging technology. Please note that poster slots are limited, see our website for more information.

Registration includes all refreshments during both days, the opportunity to visit both the MareNostrum cluster and Mont-Blanc prototype at the Torre Girona chapel and a seafront conference dinner at the city harbour on the first evening. The final booking date for the event is Sunday the 29th of May 2016. More details about registration can be found here.

Visit for further details on this exciting cross-disciplinary conference.

EMiT 2016 supported by:

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Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016

The STFC Hartree Centre (in Daresbury, Warrington) is running 4 summer schools from June to July 2016. They are primarily aimed at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, but are also open to academics and industry at no extra cost. The tuition fees are subsidised by STFC and each week only costs £150. There is a 1 week school on each of the following topics:

– Big Data
– Engineering Simulation
– Visualisation

The “Engineering Simulation” school focuses on high performance computing for solid mechanics; expanding the doctoral training materials developed by N8 HPC for the “Fusion” and “Materials in Extreme Environments” CDTs. A different theme is covered each day:

(1) Open source software for parallel finite element analysis;

(2) Dealing with uncertainty using stochastic methods;

(3) Image-based mesh generation using X-ray tomography data;

(4) Multiscale modelling, coupling grain scale cellular automata to continuum finite elements;

(5) Emerging technologies for simulation.


Each theme covered during the engineering week presents the relevant theory, a real engineering case study and provides hands-on tuition using advanced open source and proprietary simulation tools (including ParaFEM, ParaView and Simpleware).


Further details and registration can be found here. Attendees may register for as many schools as they desire. Please Note: Each week of the Summer School series is limited to 45 attendees.

DL_Software Workshop 2016

CCP5, NSCCS and the Thomas Young Centre will jointly hold a 2 day workshop and one Hack Day on the DL_Software Packages DL_POLY, DL_FIELD and DL_MESO from 18th to 20th April 2016 at Imperial College London.

DL_Software Training

The first two days (18-19 April) are allocated for software training. This is an opportunity for current and potential users of DL_Software to learn how to use these programs and what methodologies and algorithms they include. The workshop also offers demonstrations and hands-on sessions giving users the opportunity to compile, run and experiment with the programs as well as interact with their developers. Note that we have also invited Dr T. Youngs to present ATEN, a GUI atomic editor and analyser for DL_POLY.

Hack Day

The last day (20 April) is allocated for a Software Hack Day. This would be a more technical base event aimed for anyone who is interested to modify the existing DL_Software codes (in this instance, DL_POLY and DL_MESO) and tailor to their specific needs for their project work. Attendees are required to have a significant knowledge of at least one of the following modern computing languages: FORTRAN 77, FORTRAN 90, C and C++, with experiences in parallel programming. A working knowledge of UNIX, Linux and probably scripting language such as Python will be helpful.

In addition, the Hack Day is also reserved for those who may be interested to seek advice and help in various aspects of computational work that make use of DL_Software. For instance, simulation setup and model development, work flow scriptings such as job submissions, etc.


For more details and registration, please visit the NSCCS site at:

Application deadline is 12pm, Monday 4th April 2016. Please register for your place early to avoid disappointment. The number of places is restricted to 25. Previous experiences indicate disappointment to late applicants as many people leave it till last minute.

CCP5 Summer School 2016

The Summer School 2016 will take place at University of Lancaster, 10 July – 19 July 2016. Organised by CCP5 and sponsored by the CECAM organisation, this School is intended for newcomers to the science of molecular simulation and will provide a comprehensive introduction to the methodology, practical sessions on computational methods and examples of the power and versatility of simulation methods.

Course Summary

As in previous Summer Schools, the first five days of the course will cover the basics of molecular simulation and the remaining four days will be devoted to more advanced courses. Course notes will be provided. In addition to the course lectures, practical sessions will take place in which students will undertake relevant computational exercises. The plan of the course is expected to follow the timetable as given on the website A summary of the lecture topics is as follows:

Basic Courses

  • An Overview of Molecular Simulation (1 lecture)
  • Statistical Mechanics (2 lectures)
  • Basic and Advanced Molecular Dynamics (3 lectures)
  • Monte Carlo Methods (3 lectures)
  • Free Energy Methods (2 lectures)
  • Optimisation Methods (1 lecture)
  • Potentials (1 lecture)
  • Long timescale methods (1 lecture)

Advanced Courses

  • First principles simulation (lectures given by Keith Refson and Leonardo Berlosconi)
  • Mesoscale Methods (lectures given by Ian Halliday and Michael Seaton)
  • Simulation of organic and biomolecules (lectures given by Richard Henchman and Syma Khalid)

Plenary Lecturers

  • Karen Johnston (University of Strathclyde)
  • Maria Alfredsson (University of Kent)
  • David Glowacki (University of Bristol)
  • Jin-Chong Tan (University of Oxford)
  • Mark Wilson (University of Durham)
  • Myrta Gruning (Queens University Belfast)

The cost of the course is £400 and includes registration and accommodation. The deadline to register has been extended to Monday 14th March 2016. For further details and to complete the online registration form please visit the event website.

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