Global Grand Challenges @ University of Sheffield Thursday 26 March 2015

HPC @ Sheffield is an exciting University of Sheffield research computing event that will provide an opportunity for researchers, post graduates and final year undergraduates to hear about projects using research computing facilities used nationally and hosted locally at The University of Sheffield. HPC @ Sheffield will comprise a series of presentations, a poster session, vendor exhibits and demonstrations which will help to explain how researchers may access and utilise some of the facilities available for research computing.


This year the theme is Global Grand Challenges. The event will explore how high performance computing can help solve big challenges in Physical Sciences, Engineering, Health Care and Social Sciences.

N8 HPC’s Associate Technical Director, Dr Robin Pinning, will be presenting a talk on ‘N8 HPC: Solving Global Grand Challenges through Knowledge Exchange, Collaboration and Facilities Sharing’.

The day will culminate in a final presentation about a unique, high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record.

Registration is free and your place can be booked online. For more information including a full programme and details on how to enter the poster competition, please visit the event webpage.






EPCC and CFD Group Project Seminar- Lancaster University 5 February 2015

Project Title: Reducing the runtime and improving the ease-of-use and portability of the COSA 3D harmonic balance Navier-Stokes solver for open rotor unsteady aerodynamics

Presenter: Adrian Jackson, EPCC, University of Edinburgh





The talk will present a new collaborative project between EPCC and the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) group at Lancaster Engineering aiming to substantially improve 1) the computational performance (i.e. further reducing runtimes while improving parallel scalability from fairly small to very high core counts), and 2) ease-of-use and portability (e.g. adopting portable I/O standards) of the COSA harmonic balance (HB) Navier-Stokes (NS) CFD solver, the key tool of the finite volume NS FORTRAN code developed by Dr. Campobasso’s CFD group at Lancaster for the accurate and rapid unsteady aerodynamic analysis of fluid flows and fluid/structure interaction problems (e.g. flow-induced structural vibrations) in renewable energy, mechanical and aeronautical engineering. COSA is being developed for a wide class of low-, high- and multi-speed flows, with strong emphasis on open rotor unsteady aerodynamics. The talk will highlight the HPC-related challenges faced in the project just starting, and review advanced HPC technologies that will be used/developed, including dynamic load balancing for large simulations (using grids with 100m+ cells and 100K+ MPI processes), and efficient management of parallel I/O within MPI possibly supported by parallel HDF5, and further optimization of MPI communications in the context of domain-decomposition-based codes like COSA.


About Adrian Jackson

Adrian is Research Architect at EPCC where he has worked for the past 12 years. He has worked with a wide range of academic and industry partners to provide HPC expertise and effort. He has also developed and teaches on a number of courses as part of EPCC’s Masters programme and for external organisations and academic parties. Currently he manages a team of researchers that work closely with a range of scientists to provide HPC knowledge and support, including through EPCC’s Intel Parallel Computing Centre. Previously he has coordinated and managed the NAIS (Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software) and Nu-FuSE (the G8 funded Nuclear Fusion Simulation at Exascale) projects.  He has also been actively involved with the COSA code development in the past, working within an EPSRC and a dCSE project to parallelise with MPI all 3 COSA solvers, and also with hybrid MPI/OpenMP paradigms the harmonic balance solver of the code.


Seminar date: Thursday 5 February 2015 at 13:00

Venue: Lancaster University, Charles Carter A05

2015 CCP5 Summer School – Methods in Molecular Simulation

Interested in molecular simulation?

Applications for places at the 2015 CCP5 Summer School are now being accepted.

The 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. 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.

Basic Courses 

• An Overview of Molecular Simulation (1 lecture, CCP5 Chair – S. Parker)
• Introduction to Practical Session (1 lecture, D. Willick, L. Lue and J. Purton)
• Statistical Mechanics (2 lectures, D. Willock and L. Lue)
• Molecular Dynamics (3 lectures, D. Willock)
• Monte Carlo Methods (3 lectures, L. Lue)
• Free Energy Methods (2 lectures, J. Anwar)
• Optimisation Methods (1 lecture, J. Harding)
• Introduction to Force Fields (1 lecture, J. Harding)
• Hyperdynamics (1 lecture, J Harding)

Advanced Courses

• First principles simulation (5 lectures, K. Refson)
• Mesoscale Methods (5 lectures, I. Halliday and M. Seaton)
• Simulation of Organic and Bio Molecules (5 lectures, R. Henchman)

Please note that the deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 27th February 2015.

Further information and an online registration form can be found here.

ARCHER- MPI Programming Training 28 January 2015

The aim of this training is to enable students to become proficient in the development of High Performance Computing applications using the MPI parallel programming tools. The course will also provide guidance in the use of application development libraries optimised for HPC systems. This training will be given by ARCHER, the organisation running the national HPC facility, and will be held at The University of Sheffield on 28 January 2015.

                                                                                                      Further details can be found here.

                                                                                                      Registration for the training course can be completed online.

EMiT Conference, Manchester

The upcoming Emerging Technology ‘EMiT’ conference is to be held on 30th June and 1st July 2015 at The Place Aparthotel, Manchester.





The aim of EMiT is to bring together leading key figures in the computing communities, the end users of new software & hardware in industry and universities along with the vendors from across the international arena to address the following objectives:

  • identify latest trends in hardware development for novel computing;
  • share how best to exploit Emerging Tech for application;
  • focus on new techniques, their development and transfer to new areas.

 Confirmed Keynote speakers:

  • Stephen Furber, Professor of Computer Engineering, University of Manchester – “SpiNNaker and Human Brain Project”
  • Laura Grigiori, Director of Research, INRIA, France – “Communication avoiding algorithms”
  • Dr John Linford, Scientist, ParaTools Inc “Kppa: A high performance source code generator for chemical kinetics”
  • Dr Filipo Mantonvani, Technical Co-ordinator, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre – “High Performance Computing based on mobile embedded processors”

The conference exhibition will include demonstrations and displays from leading suppliers such as NVidia, Intel, HP, OCF, Polyhedron, STFC, and EAO giving delegates the opportunity to discover the latest products and future technology roadmaps.

A full programme along with registration details is available on the EMiT website.

Early bird registration will end on 1st June 2015. Standard registration will end on 16th June 2015 and the conference fee includes the conference dinner.  If you have any questions please contact


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