Bayes Centre

Hands-On Introduction to High Performance Computing


ARCHER, hosted by EPCC, is the UK's National Supercomputing Service for academic research. Every year since 2014 ARCHER has run an intensive one-week hands-on training course to introduce people to high performance computing (HPC) and the basics of parallel programming. This event is aimed at researchers in industry and academia who want to learn how to use HPC to further their own work in computational or data science


High-performance computing (HPC) is a fundamental technology used in solving scientific problems. Many of the grand challenges of science depend on simulations and models run on HPC facilities to make progress, for example: protein folding, the search for the Higgs boson, and developing nuclear fusion.

The course will run for 2 days. The first day covers the basic concepts underlying the drivers for HPC development, HPC hardware, software, programming models and applications. The second day will provide an opportunity for more practical experience, information on performance and the future of HPC. This foundation will give you the ability to appreciate the relevance of HPC in your field and also equip you with the tools to start making effective use of HPC facilities yourself.

On completion of the course, we expect that attendees will be in a position to undertake the ARCHER Driving Test, and potentially qualify for an account and CPU time on ARCHER.

The course is delivered using a mixture of lectures and practical sessions and has a very practical focus. During the practical sessions you will get the chance to use ARCHER with HPC experts on-hand to answer your questions and provide insight.

This course is free to all academics.

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Hands-On Introduction to High Performance Computing

This course provides a general introduction to High Performance Computing (HPC) using the UK national HPC service, ARCHER, and/or Cirrus as the platforms for the exercises

Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT