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1st Balena HPC User Group Meeting

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC)

On  Tuesday 10th June 15:00-16:30 in 3W 4.7 we will be holding the 1st Balena HPC User Group Meeting.

At this meeting we will be revealing more details about the Balena HPC system, what it will consist of and when it is expected to be fully operational.

This is also a good time to raise any other HPC matters which concern you. If you would like anything added to the agenda that you would like brought up at this meeting please email (

Thanks - HPC Team


Aquila's successor will be Balena

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC)

Yesterday at the University of Bath's 3rd Symposium on HPC, Prof Kevin Edge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, revealed the name of the successor to the current Aquila HPC system. The new system will be named Balena.

The name was suggested by Federico Brivio from the Department of Chemistry. In order to continue the tradition of Italian-animal naming, Federico has suggested Balena. Balena means Whale: a big, clever mammal that never sleeps completely and represents a big, clever computer. There is an additional joke, since "balena" also means hurtle and flash, which is is a good description for the new supercomputer.

Well done Federico! We're all looking forward to when we can start using the Balena HPC in the near future.


Prof Kevin Edge presenting prize to Federico Brivio for suggesting the name Balena as Aquila successor

Prof Kevin Edge presenting prize to Federico Brivio, Dept Chemistry, for suggesting the name Balena as Aquila successor


HPC Symposium this Thursday!

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

We now have 55 registered participants, 14 talks and 10 poster submissions. In addition to the contributed talks, there will be a keynote lecture by Prof Martyn Guest (Cardiff) and an invited presentation by Dr Araxi Urrutia (Bath), as well as two talks by external speakers (Jeremy Purches, NVidia and Dr. David Acreman, Exeter/GW4) so we are looking forward to a very interesting and stimulating day.

Times and schedule

Registration will open at 9:00h and the welcome address of Prof. Kevin Edge (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath) is scheduled for 9:30h. The meeting will finish at 17:15h with a wine and cheese reception. A detailled schedule is available here:

and a booklet with the full programm can be downloaded here:


The meeting takes place in Room CB2.6 in the Chancellor's Building (note that the venue is different from last year!).

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday,

The Scientific Organising Committee,

Dr Steven Chapman (Computing Services)
Dr James Grant (Chemistry)
Dr Eike Mueller (Maths)

PS: Don't forget that you can follow us during the meeting and afterwards on Twitter under @BathHPC.


HPC Tender Presentations - 23rd May

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC)

The deadline for responding to our Tender was last week on 30th April. The selection panel have begun the task of carefully reading and scoring each of the responses. The next stage will be to invite certain Tenderers to present their solutions to the panel and the HPC community on Friday 23rd May.

Since this new system will be the successor to Aquila, we would like to invite all HPC users to attend these presentations for your input and feedback on the solutions being offered.


Systems Developer (HPC) position available at University of Bath

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC)

We still have an opening here at University of Bath for a Systems Developer in HPC. Please circulate to those it may be of interest to.

The details of the position can be found with the link below, closing date for applications is 30th April.


HPC Symposium, all day Thursday, 5th June

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

Following the success of previous meetings, we would like to announce the University of Bath's 3rd HPC Symposium which will take place on Thursday 5th June (all day).

If you would like to attend, please register before Friday 23rd May by completing the registration form at and let us know ( if you have any special dietary requirements. See the Registration section below for more information.

The aim of the symposium is to provide a forum for current (and prospective) users of the University's HPC service, currently Aquila, as well as providing an excellent opportunity to network and exchange ideas with colleagues. Hopefully the experience and the people you meet will help you with your own research in the future.

The following activities are planned for the day:

  • A keynote lecture by Prof. Martin Guest (University of Cardiff, HPC Wales), one of the UK's leading experts on HPC in Scientific Computing.
  • Talks and posters by users of the HPC facility.
  • Prizes will be given for the best talk (iPad mini) and the best poster (iPod nano).
  • Results of the naming competition for and update on the progress of the new HPC facility.
  • A buffet lunch will be provided along with refreshments and lots of opportunities to network.

The meeting will be held in the Chancellor Building, Room CB2.6, further details can be found on the webpage:

Important dates

  • 9th May: Abstract submission and naming competition deadline
  • 23rd May: Registration deadline
  • 5th June: HPC Symposium



There is no registration fee, but we need to collect a list of attendees and know numbers in advance to organise catering. If you are interested in attending, please register by Friday 23rd May by completing the registration form at and let us know ( if you have any special dietary requirements.


Talks and posters

Contributions in the form of talks and posters are vital for the success of the symposium and there will be prizes for the best talk and poster. If you are currently using the University's HPC facility for your research, we strongly encourage you to share your experiences with others at the meeting. You can also present your research if you are not currently using the HPC facility, but are working on a computationally intensive problem which might benefit from using HPC.

The following topics will be covered (list not exhaustive)...

  • HPC driven research in all disciplines
  • Experiences with tools and libraries
  • Parallel code development and scalability
  • Algorithms
  • Novel architectures: GPUs and Xeon Phi

Contributed talks are scheduled to be 15 minutes (including questions).

If you plan to present a talk or poster, please submit your abstract in LaTeX or Microsoft Word format and send your .tex source file or the word template in an email to by the abstract submission deadline of Friday 9th May. The LaTeX and Word templates can be found on the website; please remember to rename the file with your username e.g. abstract_sac44.doc.

The best abstracts will be selected and a list of talks and posters will be announced on May 16th.

We look forward to seeing you on the 5th June,

the Scientific Organising Committee,
Dr Steven Chapman (Computing Services)
Dr Eike Mueller (Maths)
Dr James Grant (Chemistry)


Systems Developer (HPC) position available at University of Bath

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC)

For more details follow:

The University of Bath is searching for a Systems Developer in High Performance Computing (HPC) to join the Computing Services team. This role will be part of a new team responsible for the University’s HPC service, which supports the University’s varied research portfolio.

The University has recently been awarded funding to refresh its HPC infrastructure. This will be an exciting opportunity to be involved with the introduction of the University’s next generation HPC service. The post-holder will assist with the integration of the new cluster and tailoring the delivery of the service for an active and growing community of HPC users.

Your goals will be to provide pro-active technical support, knowledge transfer and to assist users with exploiting the resources to ensure effective use of the HPC service by academics and students, as well administering the cluster and maintaining system documentation.

The post-holder will have a good experience of system administration, scripting and working with HPC schedulers; experience with parallel programming will be an advantage. You will be able to apply in-depth technical expertise to resolve complex problems, generate innovative ideas and will help to enrich the user experience and to enhance the delivery of the HPC service.

This is an excellent and exciting opportunity for you to work at a leading University. The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading Universities, with an international reputation for research and teaching at the highest academic standards. The University's buildings are set in an attractive campus overlooking the City of Bath, a World Heritage City. The campus provides an excellent work environment, with a wide range of on-site amenities, including world-class sporting facilities, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Steven Chapman, HPC Manager (


Save the date for HPC Symposium, 5 June 2014

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

The University of Bath will be hosting its third High Performance Computing (HPC) Symposium, Thursday 5 June 2014. Send us an email if you are interested in attending.

The symposium is a one day event for current and future users of the HPC facility.  The day will include a selection of scientific & technical talks and poster presentations as well as plenty of time to network with other attendees.

Event details will follow.  Email us to confirm your interest in attending the HPC Symposium 2014.

Check out the success of the HPC Symposium 2013.


High Performance Computing Investment: User Meeting

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC)

Following the Vice-Chancellor's announcement of a major investment in High Performance Computing, we would like to convene a User Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 17 December at 09:15 in 6E2.1.

Before then, we will issue a questionnaire, and have collated the results, so that we will be able to outline the various options to you