GPU Training in Sheffield

GPUs have evolved from a fixed pipeline graphics processing hardware into powerful programmable co-processing units capable of performing general purpose computing (sometimes referred to as GPGPU or General Purpose Computing on GPUs). In comparison with traditional CPU systems a GPU is capable of far higher (theoretical) peak performance within a smaller power window and as such many of the Top 500 supercomputers are looking at using GPU architectures. This course will introduce the background of GPU hardware and provide hands on training for program development using the NVIDIA CUDA programming API. The training will introduce the CUDA language and optimisation techniques and provide guidance on how to access GPU hardware within the University of Sheffield Iceberg cluster. No prior parallel programming knowledge is required however participants must be familiar with programming in C/C++. A maximum of 20 participants is allowed on a first come first serve basis. Registration is required using the link below: Date : 1st July 2014 (10.00 until 16:00) Location: Mappin Building Room F110 The course will be delivered by Dr Paul Richmond, Dr Mike Griffiths and remotely supported by Dr Alan Gray (EPCC)

NAFEMS Conference

NAFEMS is organizing a UK Conference in Oxford 10-11 June 2014. NAFEMS is the International Society for Engineering Simulation and its membership comprises 1000+ engineering firms from SMEs to Blue Chips.


UK members of NAFEMS would like to know more about UK government investment in HPC eInfrastructure. This event gives the National Centres, Regional Centres and other academic service providers a unique and important opportunity to engage directly with UK engineering firms, large and small, who might use their services.

In addition to the main conference, a special conference track is being organised promoting the industrial usage of UK HPC. If your centre would like to take part in this conference track, please email chairman of NAFEMS HPC Working Group, Lee Margetts . You will also need to submit a short abstract by 10 January 2014. At the end of the abstract, please add the sentence “This talk will be given in the UK HPC Infrastructure track organized by the NAFEMS HPC Working Group.”

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EMIT – Emerging Technology Conference 2014

Computational hardware is changing rapidly. Two decades ago, all we needed to know was the speed of upcoming hardware, not its form or the state of its software frameworks. This is no longer true with new and novel highly parallel computing architectures that are in a state of constant flux being unveiled all the time. This flux forces significant questions about re-coding and future proofing existing scientific software. The term Emerging Technology is beginning to be used to describe this continual state of hardware change. Unique in its aims and scope, this kick-off event will bring together experts to examine how to best take advantage of the changing landscape of computer hardware and overcome research barriers for fields such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational mechanics, life sciences, and financial modelling.

The EMiT (Emerging Technology) conference will cover the following key areas:

• Aims: to identify latest trends in hardware development for novel computing; to share how best to exploit Emerging Tech by focussing on new techniques and their application and transfer to other research areas;

• Themes: Scientific computing will form a strong element. CFD, computational mechanics, multiscale, computational finance, life sciences, atmospheric science, big data analysis. The inaugural EMiT Event is planned for Friday 11th April 2014 at The University of Manchester. For further information and to register for this event please visit

Collaboration Workshop, Software in Reproducible Research

In Oxford on the 26-28th of March, a collaborations workshop and hackday will take place. The CW14 Workshop will take place on 26-27 March 2014. The CW14 Hackday will start on the evening of 27 March and end on 28 March 2014.

The Software Sustainability Institute’s annual Collaborations Workshop (CW14) brings together researchers, software developers, managers, funders and more to explore important ideas in software and research and to plant the seed of interdisciplinary collaborations.

The role of software in your reproducible research is the theme of this year’s workshop. This thread will run through everything from the keynote, lightning talks, collaborative ideas and discussion topics and it will fuel the associated Hackday.

24th Machine Evaluation Workshop – registration open

The STFC Scientific Computing Department is pleased to announce that the 24th annual Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW24) will take place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 November 2013 at the Adelphi Hotel Liverpool.

As with previous MEW’s there will be a full programme of technical presentations, an exhibition of the latest products and technology, and a series of parallel breakout sessions. More information – and an online registration form – can be found on the workshop web pages. Registration is FREE for delegates from academic institutions.

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